After a rough start, the sixth place Jazz have salvaged a season many thought would see them atop the Western Conference standings. They aren't nearly as good as folks thought, but they aren't bad either.
With a few tweaks, the Jazz could go from playoff chasers to an elite contender. And they know exactly who they want to take them there...
“As we head into trade deadline season, the Jazz continue to search for that dynamic third piece that up to this point has eluded them, league sources tell The Athletic. According to sources, the Jazz have expressed interest in Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley and Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr., both of whom have been put on the trade block by their respective teams.”
Mike Conley fits perfectly in their system. He's a legit defender, a nice shooter, and an established veteran willing to get his teammates involved. A pairing with Donovan Mitchell in the backcourt would be deadly for the competition.
Otto Porter would be less of a get, but still an impactful one nonetheless. Porter would add an additional wing player for the Jazz, something highly valued in today's game.
What they'll have to give up, exactly, is still a bit of a mystery. But if the price isn't too high, and either one of these players is available, Utah really shouldn't hesitate in making the move.