According to a report, the Utah Jazz could be in the market for adding a point guard to the roster via trade.
The Utah Jazz have one of the more talented young rosters in the NBA, but they are still a few pieces away from being contenders in the Western Conference. After a strong finish to the season last year, everyone thought this would be the year that the Jazz jump right into the playoff picture.
While the Jazz could still make a run at the No. 8 seed, the team hasn’t been able to take off at all this year, partly because of injuries to the roster. The team lost Dante Exum before the season even began to a torn ACL and they have lacked the point guard to push them to the postseason.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned in his latest article that the Jazz are checking around the market to see what’s available at the point guard spot.
"They’re poking around the point guard market now, according to several league sources, and they’ll look again over the summer. With Hood and Hayward able to handle the ball, the ideal upgrade isn’t an expensive dribbling maestro like Mike Conley. A spot-up guy willing to grind on defense would be perfect, but the best matches, such as Patrick Beverley and George Hill, aren’t available. Jrue Holiday would work, but suitors are petrified of his leg issues, and the Pelicans, low on quality young players, are reluctant to deal him, league sources said. Utah showed little interest in Mario Chalmers, a rare missed opportunity."
Lowe mentions the Atlanta Hawks as a team that the Jazz should look at, if they decide to move Jeff Teague and hand the team over to Dennis Schroder. It’s clear that Exum has a bright future with the Jazz, but coming off injury, the team can’t place all their hopes on him.
The Jazz have an absurd amount of young talent and pieces to make a deal to find their next point guard. Should they look to make a rare splash and land a big piece at the point guard position, they can get it done. It’s certainly something they can’t ignore either.