NSS Jazz Trade Reaction & Grade!! Welcome Clarkson, Bye Exum & Green!!
On December 23, 2019 the Utah Jazz traded away Dante Exum and two 1st round picks for Jordan Clarkson. Why did this move take so long? Not complaining, I am the happiest Jazz fan/follower and pumped about this moves. Jordan Clarkson gives the Jazz a scoring option whether starting or coming off the bench. The Jazz got better and that’s what counts, Welcome to the Jazz Jordan Clarkson.
Jordan Clarkson average 14.6 Pts, 2.4 Reb, 2.4 Ast in 29 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, 0 starts. With the Jazz, Clarkson should get a chance in the starting line-up when Conley is unavailable. Is exciting seeing the Jazz pick up a player that can provide a high return for a low price. Clarkson also has some playoff experience that should come in handy when the regular season ends.
Clarkson seem to kick off a series of moves for the Jazz, they also waived Jeff Green and sign Rayjon Tucker from the G-League. The move on Green made sense, he didn’t to fit right and may have been asked to do too much for the Jazz. Green’s 7.8 Pts were the lowest in his career, overall all of Green’s stats went down in his time with the Jazz.
Lastly the Jazz signed G-League guard Rayjon Tucker. Tucker is a 6’3 guard that played for the Wisconsin Herd, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. Tucker average 23.9 Pts, with a 38.6 3 point percentage and 2.8 assist in 16 games.
NSS Grade: B-
As much as I like the potential and the energy that Clarkson brings in to the Jazz, he has to stay consistent. Clarkson has experience playing with stars and playing in guard heavy teams, which will come in handy with small line ups. It wouldn’t be surprising to find Clarkson, Conley and Mitchell all in at the same time.
Green getting waived is a 50-50 spot for the Jazz they may lose some veteran leadership and a little bit of defense. But Green already on decline the Jazz got younger and hoping that they can develop some more players, like Tucker. Every year they are many G-League success stories and the Jazz hoping they get one.
Lastly, regarding filling up the minutes by Green, I don’t think the Jazz are done making moves. The B- grade is mostly due to the fact that the Jazz got better they still not over the hump. The Jazz should stay aggressive in the market and aside from Mitchell and Gobert everybody else is expendable.