Dallas Mavericks trade with rebuilding Utah Jazz: 4. Acquire Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson won the Sixth Man of the Year in 2021 as the Utah Jazz had the best regular season record in the NBA. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.9 steals in 26.7 minutes per game. The 30-year-old guard can go get a bucket.
Clarkson is set to make $13.3 million next season, and he has a $14.3 million player option for 2023-2024. Utah has zero need for a scoring guard in the middle of his prime over the next two years.
The deal is clean and something that could get done quickly if the Mavericks value Clarkson. Dwight Powell has an $11 million expiring contract for next season, and the Jazz will want a first-round pick to add to their stockpile.
The Mavs owe their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks, and the top ten protection prevents them from trading 2025. The selection will likely convey next summer, and the Mavericks could structure the package where the Jazz acquire their 2025 first if it falls 11-30.
This is the least likely trade on the board for the Dallas Mavericks because of the emphasis head coach Jason Kidd places on defense. Jordan Clarkson can score on any player, but his defense has always been a question mark.