In the loaded Western Conference, one move has the potential to make significant waves. For the Jazz, they’re a team squarely in the thick of things, with Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and Rudy Gobert ready to lead the franchise to greatness.
But how much better could they be with one more piece? In a piece by Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, he suggests Minnesota wing player Robert Covington as a possible target for Utah.
It took just two NBA seasons for Donovan Mitchell to convince the Jazz their time is now. One Mike Conley trade here, a major-money deal for Bojan Bogdanovic there, and suddenly Utah looks as ferocious as any Western Conference team based outside of Los Angeles.
But the Jazz aren’t in position to rest on their laurels. The conference’s midsection is so tightly packed that one move could have a major influence. For instance, if Utah brokered a deal for three-and-D ace Robert Covington, it might find the missing piece to take it from good to great.
The deal would involve sending Dante Exum, Tony Bradley, a 2021 second-round pick, and a 2022 second-round pick to the Wolves for Covington. And while the price is a bit high, it’s easy to see the fit.
The Jazz have almost everything. Still, it’s hard not to envision another opening for a shutdown perimeter stopper. And since Gobert isn’t a spacer, said stopper should shoot the three at a high clip.
Covington can scratch both itches. He’s averaged 2.3 triples per game and hit 36.0 percent of them for his career. In 2017-18, his last full season, he held top-five rankings in defensive win shares and ESPN.com’s defensive real plus-minus.
With multiple teams vying for the crown this upcoming season, we have never seen such a wide-open league before.
With a move like this, Utah could take full advantage of the opportunity.