Why The Utah Jazz Do The Deal
First, a quick caveat: since the Washington Wizards just traded for Barton, he can’t be moved again until August 28.
Of course, his involvement here is mostly incidental. If the Jazz are interested in him, it’s for his expiring contract. In essence, they’re trading Conley for Hachimura.
Some may protest that the Jazz aren’t getting any draft capital here. That’s a fair concern, but an intriguing young player and a pick feel too generous for an aging, potential rental on Washington’s end.
With that in mind, this deal may or may not work for Utah. Of course, if they don’t trade Donovan Mitchell, it doesn’t make sense at all. Let’s assume they do, and let’s assume it’s for a draft-heavy package.
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Considering the four unprotected first-round picks they already received for Rudy Gobert, the Jazz could justify going a different route with a Conley trade. If Hachimura is a late bloomer, it’ll be a route they’ll be glad they took.