Jazz news: Utah traded for Jordan Clarkson because they were unhappy with their bench play
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Report: Jazz traded for Jordan Clarkson because they were unhappy with their bench play

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One of the main reasons the Utah Jazz traded for shooting guard Jordan Clarkson is because they were unhappy with their bench play, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

The Jazz made a few moves on Monday. Along with acquiring Clarkson, Utah waived small forward Jeff Green and signed Rayjon Tucker to a guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season.

In the hour before the Heat defeated Utah 107-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Jazz traded point guard Dante Exum to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson. In the moments following that defeat, the Jazz waived forward Jeff Green, sources told The Athletic. And in the moments following that, the Jazz signed shooting guard Rayjon Tucker to a guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season.

The flurry of moves can be traced to one constant, according to league sources: The Jazz have not been happy with their bench play.

In 29 games this season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clarkson averaged 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 88.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Clarkson will be a good volume scorer for Utah off their bench.

After losing to the Miami Heat on Monday, the Jazz are now 18-12 on the season. They are in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings.