NBA Rumors: One Player The Jazz Will Not Be Trading

The Utah Jazz are off to a stunning 4-1 start this season, after commencing a fire sale in the offseason that saw them trade their two All-Stars, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, along with veteran scorer Bojan Bogdanovic. 

There are still several veterans on the roster that many felt were next to go, and when this fairytale start undoubtedly begins to wane, Danny Ainge will be hitting the trade lines once again. But according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, there's one vet that will likely not be on the move. 

I’ve heard the same stuff that other people have reported that they are just super reluctant to move (Jordan) Clarkson They’re really fond of him for whatever reason. So, I would peg him as the least likely of all these Jazz guys to get traded.

Jordan Clarkson had been one of the top 6th men in the NBA since arriving in Utah three years ago. In fact, he won the Sixth Man Of The Year Award in 2020-21. He's averaged 16.8 points in his time with the Jazz. 

This season, however, Clarkson has moved into a starter's role, and with a bump of about four extra minutes per game, has upped his average to 18.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds, and a stunning 5.2 assists—exactly double his career mark. He's also hitting threes at a 43% clip, up nearly 10% from his lifetime 34%. 

And he definitely seems to be enjoying himself in his new alpha role. 

Clarkson could opt out of his contract after this season, with $14M owed for 2023-24. He's on the way to career highs across the board, so it's quite possible he'd be in line for a big raise. But it sounds like the two sides might want to work something out to stay together. 

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