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Jazz not interested in trading Jordan Clarkson

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Jazz not interested in trading Jordan Clarkson
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The Utah Jazz were hesitant to find a trade partner for guard Jordan Clarkson. As it turns out, Jazz executive Danny Ainge wants to retain the NBA veteran — at least for now.

Rumors suggested that Clarkson would get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Russell Westbrook. ESPN NBA Insider Zach Lowe believes the guard is now off limits for a trade.

A couple of NBA betting sites are giving the Jazz the eighth-lowest odds to win the championship this season. However, some sportsbooks are not ruling out a potential playoff appearance.

“I’ve heard the same stuff that other people have reported that they are just super reluctant to move Clarkson,” Lowe said.

“They’re really fond of him for whatever reason so I would peg him as the least likely of all these Jazz guys to get traded.”

Jazz are unwilling to trade veteran guard Jordan Clarkson

In November 2020, Clarkson re-signed with the Jazz on a four-year, $51.52 million deal. He is earning $13.34 million this season and has a $14.26 million player option for the 2023-24 season.

If the Jazz keep Clarkson, after this season, there is a chance the former Sixth Man of the Year will want out of Utah. It depends on the guard’s priorities.

Either he will continue playing on the rebuilding team or sign with a playoff contender in the 2023 offseason.

Of course, Utah’s front office could work out an extension before the guard’s eligible for free agency next summer. Nonetheless, besides receiving a hefty contract, it would seem more logical for Clarkson to explore his options after the season.

Then again, after Ainge acquired multiple first-round draft picks from the Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert trades, not one veteran should feel safe with the Jazz. If the price is right, older stars are tradable. It’s just good business.

Through five games this season, Clarkson is averaging 18.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. Also, he’s shooting 45.2% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc.

Last Friday, in the Jazz’s 132-126 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the guard scored 29 points in 35 minutes of action. He finished 10-of-17 (58.8%) shooting from the floor and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from 3-point range.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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