It feels like the NBA watching community has written off the Utah Jazz. They’re currently tied with the Dallas Mavericks 1-1 in the first round. Luka Doncic has not played yet. That’s a problem.
Calls for their demise may prove preemptive. The Jazz can vanquish the Mavericks. They’re still in the running for the NBA championship until the day that they’re eliminated.
On the other hand, if they fail to make a deep postseason run, it feels like they’ll be forced to dismantle this core.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, to put it politely, may not be invited to each other’s weddings. With their relationship dissolving, this situation may not be salvageable.
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If it isn’t, the Golden State Warriors should capitalize. The opportunity to pair Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green is too tempting to pass on. That defense would have the potential to be generational.
If the Warriors want to make that fantasy a reality, here’s the very best trade they could offer.