The Utah Jazz were unceremoniously booted out of the playoffs this year by a shorthanded Dallas Mavericks squad.
Despite the Mavs not having team star Luka Doncic for half of their first-round series, they had little trouble dispatching of their opposition.
One interesting storyline is the future of guard Jordan Clarkson.
Clarkson is technically still under contract, but if Utah is planning to re-do the roster, he is a very tradeable asset that the front office could get a lot for.
Following his team’s season concluding, Clarkson spoke openly to the media about his future.
“S**t, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m going home. I was planning on going to Dallas, then Phoenix. … We had high hopes, high expectations to keep playing. It is what it is.”
Clarkson then noted that while he very much enjoyed playing in Utah, his future was up in the air.
“Yeah, I love Utah,” he said. “But all that’s out of my control.”
Clarkson has had a very successful run with the Jazz over the past three years – culminating with a Sixth Man of the Year award in 2021. He is instant offense in a bottle whenever he takes the floor.
That said, Utah is in a state of flux right now. Two teams are trying to acquire Rudy Gobert. One is working hard to trade for Donovan Mitchell. And how all that ultimately shakes out will have massive ramifications for Clarkson’s future.
Where will he ultimately be playing come this time next year? Time will tell.