The Utah Jazz are 30-18 on the year, good for fourth place in the Western Conference.
Given that only 2.5 games separate this group from the third place Memphis Grizzlies and fifth place Dallas Mavericks, it’s safe to say that the moves that Utah makes heading into the NBA Trade Deadline will greatly impact the rest of its season.
The fact that the Jazz are only 2-8 in their last 10 further adds to the urgency of needing to get something done.
So what does the front office have up its sleeve?
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Utah has its eye on two players right now.
“Portland’s Robert Covington, league sources say, is a trade target who interests the Jazz given their well-known desire to upgrade defensively on the wing,” Stein wrote.
“Detroit’s Jerami Grant is said to be Utah’s most preferred target in that quest, but it’s believed that the Pistons have no interest in a trade package headlined by Ingles’ expiring $13 million contract packaged with a future first-round pick.”
The Jazz have been mired in controversy lately.
Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson are beefing with Rudy Gobert. Gobert, suddenly, appears to be a potential trade candidate. It’s a mess.
But it’s not too late to right this ship. The reason Utah did so well earlier this year is because the team possesses the talent to legitimately make noise in the Western Conference. It just needs to tinker with the roster a bit and get everyone’s mind right.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 23, 2022
A swingman like Grant or Covington could be just what the doctor ordered.
Will the Jazz ultimately be able to get something done before February’s trade deadline? Time will tell.
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