The Jazz are facing a “robust” trade market with plenty of interest in Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley and Mike Conley, writes Tony Jones of The Athletic.
Sources tell Jones that Utah has been involved in trade calls with every team and has received multiple offers for more than one of its players. He cites “general interest” in Jordan Clarkson as well, although some clubs don’t want to commit to an impending free agent, and states that teams have also called about Kelly Olynyk.
The front office started reviewing all the offers over the weekend, according to Jones’ sources, and will decide soon if any are worth pursuing. He hears that the Jazz won’t approach the trade deadline as a fire sale and will only move forward with deals if they are in the best interest of the team’s future.
Jones was informed that a Western Conference team has offered multiple second-round picks in exchange for Vanderbilt. He’s not sure if Utah will accept that or hold out in hopes of landing a first-rounder as Thursday’s deadline draws closer.
Jones views Vanderbilt as the player most likely to be moved this week. He has been a starter for much of the season, but the emergence of rookie center Walker Kessler has limited the need to keep Vanderbilt on the roster. Utah has received multiple offers for Vanderbilt and must decide whether his age and favorable contract make him more valuable as a keeper or a trade asset.
Jones offers more insight from Utah:
- A Western Conference team offered the Jazz a “significant expiring contract” in exchange for Conley earlier this season, but they turned down the deal. Jones hears that Conley, who is under contract for one more season with a partial guarantee, is happy to remain in Utah and serve as a veteran leader and will only be sent to a contender if he is traded.
- The Jazz have talked to the Lakers about taking on Russell Westbrook‘s contract, but nothing appeared substantial Sunday night, according to Jones. L.A. has been reluctant to part with its first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to get rid of Westbrook’s expiring $47.1MM deal.
- Utah has also discussed deals involving John Collins, but multiple league sources tell Jones that the Hawks won’t part with him unless they’re confident that the return would significantly boost their playoff chances.
- The Jazz also asked the Mavericks about Dorian Finney-Smith before Dallas included him in the deal with Brooklyn for Kyrie Irving.
- Inquiring teams have been told that Lauri Markkanen, Kessler and fellow rookie Ochai Agbaji aren’t being made available, Jones confirms.
20 thoughts on “Jazz Notes: Vanderbilt, Beasley, Conley, Trade Talks”
Danny Ainge is a shark
Lakers GMs are small fishes
It’s so dangerous for the small fishes to chat with a shark
How scary is this to the Lakers?
Danny Ainge wants 2 Lakers unproteccted Firsts.
This is what he does.
The Jazz are facing a “robust” trade market with plenty of interest in Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley and Mike Conley, writes Tony Jones of The Athletic. Sources tell Jones that Utah has been involved in trade calls with every team
Ainge has not lost a trade in Utah. Only 24 All Stars he traded one to get one and added 3 picks. He fleeced Utah. Kessler is looking so good. Wow Utah’s future is scary!
He’s so good he fleeced himself! =)
Kessler is looking really good. I have to wonder, though, how much of that is the coaching staff? He might not have had the same impact on the TWolves this early. Opportunity and vision have to be in alignment.
Since Danny tries to “win” every trade, the Jazz may not move that many players at the the deadline.
The trade market doesn’t sound nearly as robust as Ainge’s stated goals, which at least was a FRP for each of Conley, Vanderbilt and Beasley. An offer of two seconds for JV is about right, as he has a cheap contract; but it’s still not a FRP. An offer of an expiring contract for Conley just gets them off some money next year, which isn’t anywhere near a FRP. Beasley isn’t really worth a FRP either, but maybe a late one if a team has a real need. When your entire roster (minus 3) is available, it’s not surprising that every team has called. Doesn’t mean there’s a robust market.
The trade market is very robust, from what I’ve heard. The Jazz just have a high standard for what they want in return. Makes it hard for teams to meet. I’m sure this Summer has scared too many GMs from answering his calls too often. =) lol
Honestly, if the Jazz could trade Vando for Toppin or package him and Beasley plus a pick for Kuzma then I’d be happy. Conley is fine to stay, as well as Clarkson, unless they don’t get someone like Kuzma then it’d be better to get future assets for them. The Jazz aren’t going to make much noise past the first round if they can’t win close games.
Who have you heard it from? If its local reporters with principally team sources, then ignore it. A market is robust only when supply and demand are routinely meeting up, and deals are getting done. That might materialize later today, tommorrow or Thursday, but so far, no.
Jazz should go for Durant. They’re better than a lot of teams out there and the West is more weak than a calendar (hit like if you get the joke)
That joke was “week”. =) lol
I agree that the Jazz could and should make an attempt at Durant. He’d easily be the best player the Jazz have had since Malone, and to some extent, Mitchell. Stockton is the best all-around player the Jazz have had, but he was never a scorer at heart. Need those to win titles, especially at the end of games.
Durant and Markkanen playing together would be insane! Both their shots are so hard to block. Both can shoot from anywhere. Both are versatile scorers and defenders. Plus, they both can rebound and block shots when needed, more so Markkanen at this point. However, Durant has that killer instinct a team needs to win close games. Could help bring that out in Markkanen more. Just not too much that he loses his humble charm. =)
Agreed. Just depends what Jazz are willing to give up but if you are putting Danny ainge vs whomever the hell is in charge in Brooklyn I pick Danny all day
I seriously doubt every team has expressed interest. Seems more like baloney to try and increase the value of their players. Legitimate interest in Olynyk and Clarkson? Things are being exaggerated or totally made up here.
Actually, both the Heat and Celtics have legit interest in Olynyk. I’ve heard it discussed on Celtics podcasts, for example. He’s still a fan favorite there, liked playing there, his coach is the GM, and can play with any of their lineups. Not hard to fathom a trade being made to the Celtics.
The Heat are mentioned to like multiple players, including Olynyk.
Clarkson is mentioned to be wanted by several teams but makes sense that his pending free agency would make them hesitant. They likely would need to do a sign-and-trade if they did trade him.
Danny Ainge is going to acquire 50 picks and still miss on 98% of them
If the 2% is Jayson Tatum I’ll take it lol
Ainge isn’t the only front-office person at the Jazz. He’s the president, but Zanik is an ex-scout/agent. Fizdale is an ex-head coach/player development coach. Don’t forget Wade’s input as an ex-player and the rest of Ryan Smith’s ownership group’s endless pockets.
I also think Will Hardy has a great eye for seeing the talent within. Look at what he’s done for every player on the Jazz’s roster so far. Markkanen has had several different head coaches so far and yet has never been used remotely close to how he’s been used this year. Was always just used as a glorified spot-up shooter.
Besides, the Jazz have always relied heavily on the draft. They can’t afford to miss on too many.
Multiple seconds for Vanderbilt was most likely Portland
The significant expiring contract for Conley was likely John Wall
If they’re both high 2nd round picks then that’s essentially a 1st round pick. Could easily package those as a way to move up in a draft. Might not be easy to do that this year, but we’ll see. Not every team needs or wants more rookies on their roster.
Vanderbilt to the >>>> Knicks ……
Vando for Toppin seems like a win-win for both teams.
The Knicks could use an all-around utility player that compliments their scorers. Would be perfect with a running team with lots of scorers. He’s surprised me with how good he is at passing in the fastbreak. He’s a plus defender and a great rebounder. With Randle more on the perimeter, he would balance that dynamic. Plus, he can hit that corner 3 consistently. I’ve also really enjoyed his positive energy. Wouldn’t be sad if he remained on the team. Gives the Jazz more options for playing different lineup styles.
The Jazz could use another shooter/scorer/PF to balance out Walker Kessler’s inside game. He has the potential to have a big scoring game, but wouldn’t be needed to do so. Of course, I’d rather have Kuzma, but he’s likely not available right now. Seems like this trade could happen and make both teams better.