With the Utah Jazz seeing significant changes to their roster this NBA offseason, a word from someone on the inside is always intriguing to hear.
In an interview with “Complex,” former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson opened up about the possibility of a trade to the Utah Jazz and his stint with the LA Lakers early in his career.
On the possibility of being traded, Clarkson said:
“I’m ready for whatever happens, just trying to win and take any team to the next level to hopefully win a championship one day.”
Clarkson was part of the Lakers’ young core, which exploded in part to acquire LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Speaking about his time in LA, he continued:
“I don’t think it would work with all of us there. [Laughs.] I think we were all stars in our own right.
“The fact that we’re parting ways and going down our halls has been a nice change of scenery for everyone. I see the tweets and stuff. It’s so funny to look back at it.”
Utah Jazz 2022 NBA Offseason
The Jazz may have been the most active team on the market this NBA offseason. After another disappointing run in the playoffs, the Jazz finally decided to blast their entire core.
The Jazz first traded Gobert’s to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for four first-round picks and three players. One of those players was Patrick Beverely, who was traded to the Lakers in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.
Then came the long-awaited Donovan Mitchell trade, one of the most shocking of the offseason. For weeks, it seemed like Mitchell going to the New York Knicks was a foregone conclusion. However, he was eventually traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With the 2022-23 NBA season fast approaching, the Jazz would like to acquire as many draft picks as possible for the three remaining players who earn more than $10 million on their roster. They include Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovich and Jordan Clarkson.
Journalist Zach Lowe gave some background on what the Jazz expect in return from these players. Lowe said:
“From what I’ve been told in the league, the Jazz think these three guys are worth a first-round pick. If so, then there is no deal, it’s over.
While it’s hard to get so much value out of the aforementioned players, Danny Ainge is a veteran GM scam in the league.