Utah Jazz Need to Quelch Trade Rumors, Focus on 2022-23 Season
Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell are long gone. The Utah Jazz now has a wealth of draft picks and new players. They also have draft capital and purported plans for their future.
However, Utah’s outlook seems bleak with the 2022-2023 NBA season rapidly approaching. Training camps will begin in about a week. The Jazz continue to make player trades ..
An issue with this tactic is the inability for the Jazz to properly connect and build chemistry with each other in preparation for the NBA’s 82-game grind. The Jazz should be committed to the next season and start to create a new brand of basketball for their roster.
The Jazz continue to dominate the news regarding player trades, with the exception of Malik Beasley and Jordan Clarkson. Fans should support an improved roster, but the Jazz would be foolish to continue to mess with its personnel so close to training camp.
Players must be allowed to enter the training camp with clarity. How can a player give his best effort if he is involved in trade rumors?
These trade talks could also impact current players, as they may not know what to expect from the front office. Jazz executive Danny Ainge seems content to wheel and deal and keep the uncertain footing alive.
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With the number of picks and players gleaned via the Gobert and Mitchell trades, Jazz Nation may want some insight on what to expect when the time comes to tune in for games this season. According to reports, the Jazz front office is still focusing on player trades.
The Jazz front office has succeeded in starting over, after stockpiling a king’s ransom in exchange for Gobert and Mitchell. The 2022-23 season is less than a month away and training camps begin soon.
Regardless of any front-office movement, eventually, you have to put your team product on the NBA playing floor and that requires some modicum of clarity. A season that is so uncertain can be a disaster.
But Jazz Nation should expect the best possible outcome: a strong team. The Jazz should be able to focus on the season and not get so involved in trade talks.
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