With a full-out fire sale seemingly transpiring in Utah, it makes sense that the Jazz will be listening to offers for the rest of its veterans. The Jazz have thus far traded All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, wing Royce O’Neale, and point guard Patrick Beverley, all in separate deals, for younger players and future draft equity.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports that the Suns inquired about the availability of forward Bojan Bogdanovic in the wake of today’s deal that will send Mitchell to the Cavaliers. To match the 33-year-old veteran’s expiring $19.3MM salary, Phoenix would need to include multiple players in a trade, as well as future draft equity, Gambadoro speculates.
Last season, the 6’7″ veteran averaged 18.1 PPG on 45.5% shooting from the floor, along with 4.3 RPG and 1.7 APG across 69 games for the Jazz while starting as the team’s power forward. Bogdanovic could help spread the floor for the Suns, and is an efficient shooter at the charity stripe. He connected on 38.7% of his 6.8 triples per game for Utah, as well as 85.8% of his free throws.
Though the Suns had a league-best 64 wins, they flamed out in the playoffs, falling in a seven-game Western Conference semifinal matchup against the Mavericks. The Suns have made few moves this offseason thus far. When the Pacers tendered a four-year, maximum offer to restricted free agent starting Phoenix center Deandre Ayton, the Suns opted to match, making the big man ineligible to be traded until January.