Jazz Rumors: Conley, Bogdanovic, Clarkson Being shopped After Donovan Mitchell Trade

Adam WellsSeptember 2, 2022

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The Utah Jazz's fire sale has commenced in the wake of Donovan Mitchell being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Per The Athletic's Tony Jones, the Jazz are "engaged in trade conversations" around several veterans on their roster, most notably Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday the Cavs were trading Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round draft picks and two pick swaps to Utah for Mitchell.

Danny Ainge, who was named CEO of basketball operations for Utah in December, has made it clear what he's seeking in trades based on the returns for Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

The Jazz can have up to 14 first-round picks between 2023-2029, including multiple picks in 2023, 2027 and 2029, if all of the selections convey.

It doesn't seem like Ainge will have trouble finding teams that at least have interest in one of the key players still on Utah's roster.

John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reported the Phoenix Suns "have interest" in trading for Bogdanovic.

During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show last month, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium (h/t Eric Eulau of SI.com) said the Los Angeles Lakers are a team to "keep an eye on" for Bogdanovic.

The Jazz and Lakers have already done business this offseason when they swapped Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.

Bogdanovic, Conley and Clarkson are all in the final guaranteed year of their current contracts.

Conley has a partial guarantee of $14.32 million for 2023-24 that becomes a fully-guaranteed $24.36 million 48 hours after the 2023 NBA draft. He only averaged 13.7 points per game last season but was efficient with a 40.8 percent success rate from three-point range.

Clarkson has a $14.26 million player option for the 2023-24 season. The 30-year-old was Utah's top scorer off the bench last season with 16.0 points per game, though his 31.8 three-point percentage was the second-worst rate of his career (31.4 percent as a rookie in 2014-15).

Bogdanovic is owed $19.343 million this season. The eight-year NBA veteran ranked second on the Jazz with 18.1 points per game in 2021-22. He shot 38.7 percent from behind the arc on 6.8 attempts per contest.

The Jazz finished 49-33 overall and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, but they lost in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks.


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