All doesn’t look good with the Utah Jazz. They have lost six of their last seven games. That lone win came against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Beating the Lakers is like Tik Tok: everyone seems to be doing it right now. The Jazz‘s recent 111-107 collapse against the Golden State Warriors told us that this team is still in trouble.
The discord between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert seems to be reaching a breaking point. Unless they make a deep playoff run, something will soon have to give with this Jazz team. That something can be a successful trade.
It’s hard to say whether Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, or both would find new ZIP codes in this scenario. Both will find plenty of suitors if they make it to the NBA trade market.
Here are some options if they Jazz decide to leave their defensive anchor.
Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert Business Script #1
Spencer Dinwiddie, G
Davis Bertans, F
Rudy Gobert, C.
The Dallas Mavericks would already be interested in adding the Stifle Tower. That’s fair enough, but the interest has to work both ways for a trade to occur.
It’s kind of hard to cook up a good deal with the Mavericks. They are light on both interesting young players and draft capital. The NBA’s Stepien Rule prohibits them from going without first-round picks in consecutive seasons. With so many first-round picks already out, there’s a hurdle to getting a deal done here.
Yet, where there is a will, there is inevitably a way.
This trade may appeal to the Jazz if they focus on restocking their war chest. The Jazz, like the Mavericks, lack first-round picks for the foreseeable future. This trade helps them build that asset base.
Distant picks like the 2027 first round the Jazz receive here have unique value. It’s the ultimate mystery box for an NBA team. Still, if the Utah Jazz are forced to undergo a full-fledged rebuild, this pick could be a huge boon by the time they’re ready to compete again.