NBA rumors: Jordan Clarkson could remain with the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz entered a full-fledged rebuilding mode this past offseason, and most veteran players are available for trade. However, this might not be the case for Jordan Clarkson, according to the latest report from Tony Jones of The Athletic.

In his appearance in The Bill Riley Show, Jones referred to Clarkson as one of the potential veterans to remain with the team despite the rebuilding state of the roster. As relayed by Hoopshype, that’s what Jones said:

 “I think that the Jazz think that he can be a real part of recapturing the culture of this franchise that they lost last year. The Jazz really value Jordan. He’s just a prince of a guy in the locker room, for lack of a better term, and he loves Utah, and he wants to be in Utah. And I think that, at this point, the Jazz franchise can use guys in their program who actually want to be here.”

Clarkson a former sixth man of the year can assume a starting role if he remains with the Jazz this season. The Jazz have undergone a full-throttle reconstruction in their roster, trading away Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale.

The Ghilas guard can be the no.1 option in offense alongside Lauri Markkanen who was one of the main components in the Donovan Mitchell blockbuster trade. Jones referred to Milwaukee as a potential suitor for Clarkson.

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However, the Bucks were offering George Hill in exchange, and that was a “non-starter” for the Salt Lake franchise. In any case, Clarkson is on an expiring contract and the Jazz will have to prove they want him in the roster by signing him to an extension.

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