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Ranking 3 potential veteran Utah Jazz trade chips heading into the deadline

3 studs and 1 dud from much-needed Utah Jazz win over Nuggets

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Utah Jazz may need to make a major change. Unfortunately, they only have so many avenues towards doing so. This team is not flush with promising young players. The ones they do roster haven’t been afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their value. Jared Butler has looked like a potentially productive player, but in 5.7 minutes per game, he can only show so much. The same can roughly be said for either of Elijah Hughes or Udoka Azubuike.

Nonetheless, any one of those players could be attractive to a rebuilding team. Organizations in that stage of development can be willing to take risks on young players, especially if it allows them to flip expensive veterans.

Therein lies potential complications for the Utah Jazz. None of their younger players earn a contract that makes them a candidate to help the team acquire an impactful veteran. In other words, the Jazz may have to trade one of their rotation mainstays.


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