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2020 NBA Trade Deadline Rumor Tracker: Utah Jazz

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Who are the Utah Jazz rumored to be after?

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The NBA Trade Deadline is this Thursday, February 6, 2020. With tragedy striking the NBA with Kobe’s passing, rumors and discussions went silent as the league mourned and reset. Now that has left the NBA with mere days before what is usually the most rumor laden week of the year save maybe the week of the NBA Draft. The Utah Jazz are among the many second tier playoff teams with 33+ wins that seem are looking to catapult themselves into the same rarified air as the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The Utah Jazz unlike many of the other second tier NBA teams in the West are limited on what they can do or move. Here is a list of all their players and their contracts that are eligible to be moved.

2019-2020 Utah Jazz Salaries

Player Tm 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Guaranteed
Player Tm 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Guaranteed
Mike Conley UTA $32,511,623 $34,504,132 $54,938,006
Rudy Gobert UTA $25,008,427 $26,525,281 $51,533,708
Bojan Bogdanović UTA $17,000,000 $17,850,000 $18,700,000 $19,550,000 $73,100,000
Jordan Clarkson* UTA $13,437,500 $13,437,500
Ed Davis UTA $4,767,000 $5,005,350 $9,772,350
Donovan Mitchell UTA $3,635,760 $5,195,501 $8,831,261
Tony Bradley UTA $1,962,360 $3,542,060 $5,504,420
Georges Niang UTA $1,783,557 $1,678,854 $1,678,854
Emmanuel Mudiay UTA $1,737,145 $1,737,145
Nigel Williams-Goss UTA $1,500,000 $1,517,981 $1,782,621 $1,500,000
Miye Oni UTA $898,310 $1,517,981 $1,782,621 $898,310
Juwan Morgan UTA $746,054 $746,054
Rayjon Tucker UTA $578,573 $1,517,981 $578,574
*Utah cannot trade Jordan Clarkson with another player. Must be traded by himself. Basketball-Reference.com

Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale are unable to be moved until the end of this season so they are not on this list. Out of the remaining names, there’s some players that are really easy to scratch off like Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. They’re not going anywhere. As of righting this, the Utah Jazz are very much on board the Mike Conley train and are committed to letting that experiment carry to the end of the season. It would be a huge surprise if Bojan Bogdanovic was even included in negotiations at this point as he is having a career year. I don’t want to say the Jazz would never think of moving Bojan or Mike, but it’d have to take the Jazz literally getting an offer they couldn’t refuse on those two to pivot. So what does that leave us with as far as ammunition for trades?

Player Assets - Utah Jazz

Player 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Guaranteed
Player 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 Guaranteed
Jordan Clarkson* $13,437,500 $13,437,500
Ed Davis $4,767,000 $5,005,350 $9,772,350
Tony Bradley $1,962,360 $3,542,060 $5,504,420
Georges Niang $1,783,557 $1,678,854 $1,678,854
Emmanuel Mudiay $1,737,145 $1,737,145
Nigel Williams-Goss $1,500,000 $1,517,981 $1,782,621 $1,500,000
Miye Oni $898,310 $1,517,981 $1,782,621 $898,310
Juwan Morgan $746,054 $746,054
Rayjon Tucker $578,573 $1,517,981 $578,574
TOTAL W/O CLARKSON $13,972,999
TOTAL W/ CLARKSON $27,410,499
*Cannot be combined in a trade with other players outgoing from Utah Basketball-Reference.com

Utah Jazz Draft Assets

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
YES ... but YES ... but YES ... but YES ... but YES ... but YES YES YES
Top 7 & #15-30 Protected else Grizzlies Top 7 & #15-30 Protected else Grizzlies* Top 6 Protected else Grizzlies* Top 3 Protected else Grizzlies* Top 1 Protected else Grizzlies*
NO NO YES YES YES YES YES YES
NO Golden State Unprotected 2nd NO NO Option to swap 2nd round with Cavaliers 2nd round

So what does that leave Utah with? Well... if Utah wanted to trade literally every player they could and combine their salaries—they cannot combine Jordan Clarkson’s due to trade restrictions on his contract—they can get up to $13.9M and be able to match a contract of $18.9M or less. That may be one reason they are waiting until the very last moment to convert Jarrell Brantley or Justin Wright-Foreman beyond two way contracts, and the fact that they’re at 15 players right now on the roster not including two ways.

Utah can also trade Jordan Clarkson and match the salary of his contract for any number of players. But the Jazz can’t combine any additional players from their roster in the trade.

When it comes to draft assets, Utah cannot start sending picks out until 2026 (Thanks Brooklyn Nets/New York Knicks and Stepien Rule). Utah’s most prized asset may be the 2021 second rounder that could bring in some quality role player due to what is being predicted as a deep 2021 class.

So let’s get to the rumors involving the Utah Jazz.


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So currently there are none. Utah hasn’t appeared active at least at the rumor level. We know how Utah felt with their trade details about Mike Conley being leaked at the last trade deadline. So far it’s quiet on the Utah front. That does not mean Utah is not looking, it’s just that if they want to bring in a guy with a bigger salary they are limited by not being able to move Joe Ingles or Royce O’Neale, not being willing to budge on Mike Conley, and not being able to combine Jordan Clarkson with other players. If Clarkson and Davis’ contracts could be combined, that would bring in a pretty big impact player and provide value to another team. But that’s not an option at this point.

There are players that have been mentioned that are available and in the Jazz’s price and asset range like Jakob Poetl, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, and DeMarre Carroll. Those don’t really move the needle the way Jazz fans were probably hoping, but Utah’s trade ceiling this deadline is probably a Jae Crowder like addition rather than a Mike Conley one.