NBA Draft: Three guys the Jazz should trade for

NBA Draft: Three guys the Jazz should trade for

by Daniel Olsen

The 2022 NBA Draft is here and for the first time since 1992, the Utah Jazz will have zero selections tonight. That is, unless they make a trade to gain back some draft capital. It’s time to take a look at three different players the Jazz could get that would help them win in the near future.

Jaden Ivey

The Sacramento Kings are likely to select Jaden Ivey with the fourth pick in the draft. While the top three are likely Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero, it gets a little murky after that.

Ivey is a 6 foot 4 point guard out of Purdue that could be Donovan Mitchell’s running mate in the backcourt. If he can be engaged defensively, he could help fill a hole in the Jazz system.

It would take quite a haul to pry the fourth pick away from a Kings team that has struggled for over a decade. If they want to finally make the playoffs, the Kings could ask the Jazz for some established pieces. Some of those names could be a combination of Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale or Rudy Gobert.

This is a long shot, but one the Jazz need to consider if they can get enough in return. It would be fair to part with Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic if the Jazz really feel they can draft a young star to pair with Mitchell.

Bennedict Mathurin

If the Jazz feel that they can find talent a little later in the draft, they should consider making a trade with the Portland Trailblazers for the seventh pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. One talented player that is projected to be selected around that time is Bennedict Mathurin out of the University of Arizona.

Mathurin led the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 in his second season in Tucson, Arizona. He shot 41 percent from three and 84 percent from the charity stripe in the 2021-2022 season. At 6 foot 6, he might have just enough length to make up for the drop in skill.

This would be worth a trade involving O’Neale and Bogdanovic, but not much more than that. It depends what the asking price is for Portland, but if it’s reasonable then this would be the most likely first round offer for the Jazz to consider. It would help get Portland back into the playoffs as well as a lottery pick for the Jazz to rebuild their roster.

Local Undrafted Talent

While this isn’t the most attractive idea, waiting until next season to make a move is the safer option if the Jazz want to run it back to the playoffs.

The only problem with playing it safe is that it might stall the process of rebuilding a better roster. It’s debatable whether the Jazz can win a championship with the current roster even with a new voice as the head coach. While a new voice could help, Quin Snyder possibly maximized the potential of the current roster.

However, one way to excite local fans is to sign a few guys that played college ball to the summer league roster. Justin Bean out of Utah State is a hustling rebound machine. He or perhaps a pure shooter like Alex Barcello out of BYU would make the Jazz Summer League a hot ticket for local college basketball fans. They might not crack the Jazz roster, but they would be good pieces to garner some excitement around a team that, barring a move in free agency, could have a quiet offseason.

Featured image courtesy Michael Conroy, AP Photo

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