The NBA trade deadline came and went without so much as a whimper from the Utah Jazz, but their lack of activity wasn’t for a lack of effort on the part of other teams in the NBA. While trades were flying on Thursday, the Jazz were reportedly turning away deals that would have landed them first-round picks.
According to Chad Ford from ESPN, the reason that Utah was turning away these otherwise valuable trade assets, was because teams were skiing for Marvin Williams in return. While first-round picks are highly coveted in this year’s draft, the Jazz valued Williams more and rejected all offers.
This may anger fans a bit, as adding young talent to the Jazz is definitely a plus, but giving up Williams doesn’t seem like a bright move. Utah is seemingly convinced they can keep him in Utah long-term, otherwise picking up those offered draft picks would have been a no-brainer of a move.
Instead, Utah has held onto Williams and hopefully that gesture goes a long way in keeping Williams in town.
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