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NBA Trade Rumor: Utah Jazz interested in Quentin Grimes of the Knicks?

Are the Utah Jazz going to make a trade with the Knicks?

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According to Ian Begley, the Utah Jazz have interest in Quentin Grimes.

From Begley’s article:

The Knicks may trade Quentin Grimes ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, as he’ll certainly draw interest from opposing teams.

The Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets are among the teams that are interested in the 23-year-old shooting guard.

The New York Post reported that the Mavericks are also interested in Grimes.

Grimes lost his starting job to Donte DiVincenzo earlier this season, and his minutes off the bench have fluctuated.

I don’t know if the Knicks will ultimately pull the trigger on a deal involving Grimes, but he has value on the market, and it may be in both parties’ best interest to find a trade.

One of the Knicks’ objectives at the deadline is to bolster their bench, and Grimes is one of the most valuable trade-eligible players on their roster.

The former first-round pick is difficult to trade on his own because he’s making $2.3 million, so it would be tough for the Knicks to find a player who helps them win immediately and makes a commensurate salary.

New York can obviously add other players to their package to make the math work — including Evan Fournier’s $19 million expiring deal is an option.

As Begley said, Grimes lost his starting job to DiVincenzo early in the season, and they might not be interested in playing Grimes long-term. Grimes was famously a name thrown around in the talks over Donovan Mitchell, so it’s interesting that his name is being thrown out there.

He has a low salary, so Utah is an obvious target with all the contracts the Jazz have; Utah can also throw something together with Jordan Clarkson, who would help make something happen. Knowing the Knicks are interested in Clarkson, this seems like a possibility. This makes sense for Utah because it’s another buy-low prospect that could possibly be rejuvenated under Will Hardy. However, Danny Ainge is likely asking for some sort of draft compensation since Evan Fournier is dead money.

Also, it would be hilarious that this kept up the Donovan Mitchell trade, but it happens with Jordan Clarkson. Ah the NBA, the best soap opera out there.