One Utah Jazz trade idea with every team in the NBA

A couple of Jazz rumors have been making the rounds for some time, but why stop there? Let’s take a look at what Utah could theoretically get back from each of the other 29 teams in the league.

Between failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs in any of the past six seasons, and the cloud of turmoil lingering above and around them, the Utah Jazz’s future remains very much unsettled.

Many observers have opined that substantive change is needed to the team’s roster construction in order for them to break through their glass ceiling. The best way to accomplish that? Trade(s).

By now, you’ve heard several popular ones making the rounds. But why stop there? Why limit ourselves to Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks or Rudy Gobert to the Raptors? Yes, some of those deals could make sense, but let’s get creative — and craft a Utah Jazz trade proposal for every team in the NBA. Some are mega-moves involving those foundational pieces; others are smaller transactions built around the likes of Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic or Jordan Clarkson.

The only criteria: Deals have to adhere to actual salary cap rules, and must be quasi-realistic enough that a general manager or president of basketball ops might not laugh and hang up immediately.

So, in the spirit of this not being based on any actual reporting, not being fit for aggregation, merely the product of a beat writer in the offseason who loves to play with the trade machine, let’s make some deals.

Atlanta Hawks

Hawks get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: Clint Capela, DeAndre Hunter, Jalen Johnson, No. 16 pick in 2022 draft, 2024 first-round pick

Analysis: The framework of this one is out there, which would give Utah another rim-running big, plus a couple of 6-foot-8 wings to give the team more versatility and switchability.

Boston Celtics

Celtics get: Mike Conley, 2026 first-found pick

Jazz get: Derrick White, Daniel Theis

Analysis: Boston gets an upgrade in play-making, while Utah gets younger and more defensive-minded in the backcourt, while adding an additional usable big besides.

Brooklyn Nets

Nets get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: Ben Simmons, Cam Thomas

Analysis: Anarchy! Yes, it’s a crazy gamble, but would be a true embrace of small-ball, as Simmons would give Utah a guy who (when healthy) can guard 1-5. And Thomas has the makings of a Jordan Clarkson-type.

Charlotte Hornets

Hornets get: Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson

Jazz get: Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee, James Bouknight, Kai Jones, No. 13 pick in 2022 draft

Analysis: Charlotte needs a big, Utah doesn’t have to bring back Gordon Hayward. This is a sheer talent-for-volume deal, as the Jazz would get a combo of existing talent and swings on upside at positions of need.

Chicago Bulls

Bulls get: Bojan Bogdanovic

Jazz get: Alex Caruso, Coby White

Analysis: Chicago finds a way to add some needed shooting. Utah is able to get younger, add one of the league’s underrated perimeter defenders, and also take a chance on a young PG who’s an ex-lottery pick.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers get: Bojan Bogdanovic

Jazz get: Lauri Markkanen, Isaac Okoro

Analysis: In downgrading from Bogey to a Bogey-lite sort in Markkanen, Utah also gets to take a flier on a recent lottery pick who is thought to have defensive-stopper capability.

Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell, No. 26 pick in 2022 draft, 2024 first-round pick

Analysis: Dallas opts for the rim-protecting anchor it’s been missing, while Utah gets a couple of switchable perimeter defenders, a rim-running big, and a couple of picks besides.

Denver Nuggets

Nuggets get: Bojan Bogdanovic

Jazz get: Aaron Gordon, Zeke Nnaji

Analysis: Denver’s offense bogged down too frequently with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter injured, so they get a capable secondary scorer while the Jazz add a couple of lengthy, athletic forwards.

Detroit Pistons

Pistons get: Bojan Bogdanovic, 2026 first-round pick

Jazz get: Jerami Grant

Analysis: Bogey really isn’t on Detroit’s timeline, but for a salary swap and an extra future first, the Pistons could be convinced to part with Grant, who’d instantly upgrade Utah’s defense without tanking the offense.

Golden State Warriors

Warriors get: Rudy Gobert, Royce O’Neale

Jazz get: Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody

Analysis: The already-phenomenal Warriors sacrifice some depth for another stellar defensive piece, while the Jazz get an All-Star forward and a collection of recent lottery picks (one big, two wings) in return.

Houston Rockets

Rockets get: Donovan Mitchell

Jazz get: Jalen Green, Christian Wood, Usman Garuba, No. 3 pick in 2022 draft, Brooklyn’s 2024 first-round pick

Analysis: Houston gets to kick-start its rebuild with a bonafide star, while Utah blows it up, adding last year’s No. 2 pick, this year’s No. 3, and a couple of big men with upside besides.

Indiana Pacers

Pacers get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner, No. 6 pick

Analysis: Utah would get an instant (albeit lesser) defensive replacement to protect the rim, while also getting a sizable backcourt piece and a lottery flier.

L.A. Clippers

Clippers get: Mike Conley

Jazz get: Robert Covington, Reggie Jackson

Analysis: Clippers fans have been clamoring for the team to upgrade at point guard, and Conley would do that. Utah’s admitted downgrade at the position would be offset by adding a 3-and-D forward to the mix.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers get: Rudy Gobert, 2026 first-round pick

Jazz get: Anthony Davis

Analysis: There are not a ton of viable options on L.A.’s roster, so let’s swap out the teams’ respective centers. Davis’ injury history makes this more plausible. Utah gets the younger and more talented all-around guy, so it also sends out a future first.

Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies get: Bojan Bogdanovic

Jazz get: Dillon Brooks, DeAnthony Melton

Analysis: Memphis gets to upgrade its offensive weaponry with a consistent shooter/scorer, while Utah’s 2-for-1 haul nets the team a pair of versatile and rugged wing defenders.

Miami Heat

Heat get: Donovan Mitchell

Jazz get: Tyler Herro, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson, P.J. Tucker, Omer Yurtseven, No. 27 pick in 2022 draft, 2024 first-round pick, 2027 first-round pick

Analysis: Miami’s been considered a low-key option for Mitchell. The return haul wouldn’t be star-studded, but would feature a high-scoring guard and some usable volume besides (though Robinson’s deal is ugly).

Milwaukee Bucks

Bucks get: Rudy Gobert, Royce O’Neale

Jazz get: Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez

Analysis: Let’s get crazy. Milwaukee, overreacting to this year’s ouster, takes another big swing. Utah winds up with a still-good defensive center, and gets a substantial upgrade on the perimeter.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Wolves get: Bojan Bogdanovic

Jazz get: Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, No. 40 pick in 2022

Analysis: Minnesota is very short on 3-point acumen, and so would take on Bogey, while Utah gets defensive improvements on the wing and at forward.

New Orleans Pelicans

Pelicans get: Jordan Clarkson

Jazz get: Larry Nance Jr., Jose Alvarado

Analysis: In J.C., the Pellies get a player similar to Mitchell buddy Devonte’ Graham, but a more efficient version. Utah likes the do-everything switchability of Nance, while also adding a backcourt defensive pest.

New York Knicks

Knicks get: Donovan Mitchell

Jazz get: R.J. Barrett, Nerlens Noel, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, No. 11 pick in 2022 draft, Knicks’ first-round pick in 2023, Dallas’ first-round pick in 2023, first-round pick swap in 2024, first-round pick in 2025

Analysis: New York’s desperation to land the hometown kid sees them send back a recent lottery pick, plus a bunch of future firsts, too (Utah could get both NY’s ’22 and ’23 firsts by doing the deal during or post-draft).

Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder get: Donovan Mitchell

Jazz get: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Analysis: Pure chaos trade. OKC makes the bet that Mitchell is the better player; Utah goes for a younger, talented guy on a longer contract. Plus, cousins SGA and Nickeil Alexander-Walker would be teamed up!

Orlando Magic

Magic get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: Jonathan Isaac, Wendell Carter Jr., RJ Hampton, 2023 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick

Analysis: Orlando wouldn’t include this year’s No. 1, but, as the team is armed with extra picks in future years, it could include some going forward in a package built around the mercurial but talented Isaac.

Philadelphia 76ers

Sixers get: Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale

Jazz get: Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, 2024 first-round pick, 2026 first-round pick

Analysis: Philly takes a swing at a new Big 3. Utah adds some ready-made scoring at guard and forward, plus one of the league’s best young wing defenders. The future picks make Harris’ ugly deal more palatable.

Phoenix Suns

Suns get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: DeAndre Ayton, Cam Johnson

Analysis: Phoenix solves the problem of its disgruntled big man by extending him and shipping to Utah along with the burgeoning 3-and-D forward Johnson in exchange for a defensive upgrade in the middle.

Portland Trail Blazers

Blazers get: Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gay

Jazz get: Damian Lillard, Josh Hart, Nassir Little, Keon Johnson

Analysis: The two sides swap out backcourt pieces, with Portland getting the younger star and Utah gambling that Dame’s postseason prowess and Hart’s defense can get the team to the next level.

Sacramento Kings

Kings get: Rudy Gobert, Royce O’Neale

Jazz get: Harrison Barnes, Davion Mitchell, Richaun Holmes, Mo Harkless, Justin Holiday, No. 4 pick in 2022 draft

Analysis: This massive seven-player swap would see Utah land a new starting center and forward, a young defensive-minded guard, a couple of depth pieces on the wings, and maybe Jaden Ivey in this draft.

San Antonio Spurs

Spurs get: Quin Snyder

Jazz get: No. 25 pick in 2022 draft

Analysis: Should Snyder decide he’s done in Utah, and should the Spurs want him in place to succeed Pop, surrendering the last of their three first-rounders this year feels like a fair ask for a coach under contract.

Toronto Raptors

Raptors get: Rudy Gobert

Jazz get: OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., Precious Achiuwa

Analysis: Utah might prefer the singular star in Pascal Siakam, but Toronto wants to pair him with Gobert. Still, adding the 6-7 Anunoby and the 6-5 Trent would go a long way to shoring up some Jazz weaknesses.

Washington Wizards

Wizards get: Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley

Jazz get: Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Daniel Gafford, Rui Hachimura, No. 10 pick in 2022 draft

Analysis: Let’s end things with a bang, as this massive swap sees the Wiz upgrade at center and PG, while Utah lands two talented big men, a solid 3-and-D guard, two tantalizing forwards, and a lottery pick this year.

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