How does Donovan Mitchell trade impact Dallas Mavericks?: 3. Jazz head into rebuild
Utah traded both of their All-Stars this summer, and their focus was maximizing draft capital. They got Minnesota and Cleveland’s 2022 first-round picks plus a monster haul for future firsts. The Jazz currently have 13 unprotected or lightly protected first-round selections between now and 2029.
Expect Utah to work their way to the bottom by trading Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, and Malik Beasley. The Jazz plan to keep Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, and Talen Horton-Tucker, but those three players will have Utah among the worst teams in the Western Conference.
The Jazz finished fifth in the conference last season and lost to the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas will not have to worry about this year. Utah heading to the bottom makes the path for the Mavs slightly easier in the loaded West. The Clippers, Nuggets, Pelicans, and Timberwolves all expect to be better with the Jazz stepping back.
Utah will likely join the Thunder, Spurs, and Rockets at the bottom for multiple years. Danny Ainge is completely tearing down the Jazz’s roster, and it will take years before they return to the postseason. The Dallas Mavericks benefit as the depth in the Western Conference takes a hit.