Bojan Bogdanovic could reportedly be traded for a first-round draft pick

2022-09-11 07:40

The Jazz seem to believe that Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley can be traded for first-round picks.

Credit: 2022 Getty Images-SCANPIX
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The Utah Jazz reportedly believe guards Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley and wing Bojan Bogdanovic are worth first-round draft picks in trades.

That's per ESPN's Zach Lowe on his latest Lowe Post podcast.

"The second package is Clarkson, Bogdanovic, Beasley," Lowe said. "From what I’ve been told around the league, the Jazz feel all three of those guys are worth a first-round pick. If that’s the case, then there’s no deal, that’s out."

Following six-straight years of postseason appearances filled by shortcomings to go even deeper in the Western Conference bracket, Utah decided to ultimately enter a new stage of their franchise, shipping core foundations Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell away for pieces that will help them start from scratch.

Upon the two separate blockbuster trades they took, the club compiled a total of 19 first-round picks until 2029, setting themselves up in a flexible position on a long-term picture.

All told, the Jazz have amassed 13 unprotected or lightly protected draft picks through 2029, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. That's in addition to a host of players, such as guard Collin Sexton via sign-and-trade and big man Walker Kessler, a first-round pick in this year's draft.

Bogdanovic, 33, averaged 18.1 points on 45.5% shooting last year. Clarkson, the Sixth Man of the Year in 2020-21, posted 16.0 points in 2021-22.

Beasley was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Jazz in the Gobert trade. He had 12.1 points per game last year.


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