Utah Jazz: The Slovenian Heads to Salt Lake
Coming off a league-best record of 52-20, the Jazz fell to the Clippers in six games last postseason. In that series, the Jazz had glaring issues at the guard position, with All-Star Mike Conley missing time due to injury which highlighted the lack of depth at point guard on the Jazz roster.
By making this move the Jazz would get a terrific backup point guard that would fit seamlessly into head coach Quin Snyder’s attack. Dragic excels at shooting the 3-ball, distributes well to primary scoring options, all while still playing solid defence.
This current Jazz team is built to make another deep run in the playoffs this season and Dragic could become a major player in their potential championship run this season.
Along with Dragic, the Jazz would acquire another shooter in Mykhailiuk, assuming that this trade happens on December 15 or later given the moratorium on trading free agents. Considering the shooter they’re losing in this deal, Mykhailiuk helps them replace some of his production.
The Toronto Raptors could get picks from the Jazz for Goran Dragic.
In the move to obtain Dragic, the Jazz would send Australian sharpshooter Joe Ingles to Toronto, as well versatile wing, Miye Oni. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate may only have one year left on his deal, but if the Raptors are intent on dealing Dragic, Ingles would become the best shooter on the team by far as they push towards the postseason.
Ingles is going to be 34 in a few days, so Utah isn’t trading youth for age here.
Able to stretch the floor while still playing smart defensively, Ingles would transition smoothly into Nick Nurse’s system. Oni has seen limited playing time, but his nearly 6-10 wingspan is tremendous for a 6-5 guard, and that is exactly the type of player Ujiri wants to add. He could be a nice roll of the dice.
The Raptors would make this deal, and really any Dragic deal, for the picks. While the Jazz have cornered themselves in a Stepien-rule box to a degree, this deal gives them control of Utah’s draft for the next few years.
Let’s say Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell fail in the postseason again. Will the Jazz blow it up and retool? If that happens, and if Toronto’s retooling makes them a contender again, they could be in line for some premium picks.