The Utah Jazz had a heartbreaking loss in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers and need to make changes. They led by 25 points but the Clippers dominated the second half. Utah lost by a score of 131-119. The Jazz started off the series up 2-0 and lost four straight, including the final two that the Clippers played without star Kawhi Leonard.
It is time for the Jazz to make some moves to put them in championship contention. They have been great in the regular season the past few seasons but haven’t had enough to even make it to the Conference Finals. While it was a tough end to the season Donovan Mitchell proved himself to be a superstar in the playoffs. Now the Jazz can look to build around him to make a run at a title.
Here are three (3) trades the Jazz must make after blowing the series against the Clippers.
3 Jazz trades for the offseason
3. Guard Tomas Satoransky
The Jazz have guard Jordan Clarkson as the primary scorer off the bench and could use a guard around him. Tomas Satoransky would be a great guard to compliment their Sixth Man of the Year. He is a defending guard with great size and length which allows him to guard multiple positions.
Satoransky is also a decent three point shooter as he shot 35 percent from deep this season. He can be another ball-handler for the Jazz and allow players like Joe Ingles and Clarkson to play off the ball.
If the Jazz can trade for Satoransky, the bench unit will improve drastically.
2. Forward Danuel House Jr.
It has been evident in the playoffs that versatile wings are very important. The Jazz have some on the roster but adding a couple more could put them over the top. There are some moments in the game where star center Rudy Gobert hurts the team’s spacing offensively and defensively.
In game 6 the Jazz gave up multiple three point shots due to Gobert being stuck in the paint. They need to have the option of running a small ball lineup. Danuel House Jr. would be a great fit for that unit as he is a defender with a solid three point shot. He currently plays for the Houston Rockets who look to be in a rebuild which should make him easy to trade for.
House Jr. is a career 36.4 percent three point shooter and would help the Jazz’s floor spacing. He would fit perfectly in a bench role and would the Jazz should make a move for him.
1. Forward Robert Covington
Robert Covington would be the ideal player for the Jazz to acquire. He is one of the best role players in the league and would help the Jazz run a small ball lineup. He currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers but could be moved as uncertainty surrounds what they will do in the offseason. Covington is a great defender and three point shooter which makes him a great complementary player.
While Covington is known as a great defender his three point shot is very underrated. He shot 37.9 percent from three this season and would fit well alongside Mitchell. Mitchell puts a ton of stress on the defense to collapse which leads to open three point shots for teammates.
Covington would instantly elevate the offense and defense for the Jazz and they should do everything they can to acquire him.
The Jazz don’t need to add much and with these trades they could become a contender.