NBA Rumors: Jordan Clarkson Has Suitor In Western Conference Power

The Utah Jazz are only a week away from the start of the season, and they still have a couple of veterans with pricey contracts that they'd like to unload. Jordan Clarkson, the former Sixth Man of the Year (2021) apparently has a suitor in the Phoenix Suns.

According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, as the Suns are exploring adding another ballhandler to the mix, Clarkson is on their radar. 

Clarkson, says Fischer, "is one dynamic guard the Suns have inquired about landing in exchange for Crowder, sources said. 

In a scenario such as that, the only reason that the Jazz would be interested in Crowder is if the Suns were to attach some draft capital to the deal. "That outcome would seem to result in Crowder securing a buyout from Utah, and then his pick of destination, albeit at an unknown salary."

Crowder is known to be searching for another 3-year deal in the range at or above the $29M contract he's finishing up this season. Obviously, Jazz CEO Danny Ainge would not be interested in signing Crowder to such a deal, but he certainly could be enticed by another first-round pick and then buying out the Bossman.

Clarkson would be an ideal fit with the Suns; in his 2 ½ seasons in Utah, he's averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, in addition to scoring the NBA's Sixth Man award. 

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