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Jazz ready to enter trade talks for Walker Kessler

Jazz ready to enter trade talks for Walker Kessler

The Utah Jazz could be preparing for some significant changes in the NBA offseason.

According to league insider Jake Fischer from Sportsit seems that the Jazz might finally be ready to take their second-year center, Walker Kessler, into their right hand this summer.

Fisher reports that rival executives around the league have gotten the impression that Utah is ready to part ways with the 22-year-old in the offseason.

“Rival teams believe Utah is willing to enter into trade talks that would involve parting ways with Jazz center Walker Kessler, who is in his second year.”

Jake Fisher

Just two seasons ago, Kessler finished second in Rookie of the Year voting after a dominant performance on defense, essentially taking over as the team’s center back following the departure of Rudy Gobert. However, after a somewhat turbulent sophomore season, Utah could be on the market for a young big man.

Kessler is just finishing his second season in Utah, where he averaged 8.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in about 23 minutes per night.

With the Jazz and Danny Ainge expected to go big game hunting this summer, a young player like Kessler could potentially be used as a valuable trade piece to land some stars in Salt Lake City. The Auburn product has remained one of the better shooters since entering the league and would be a key defensive addition to any frontcourt.

At 22, Kessler still has plenty of potential in the league and can remain a cornerstone for the future of this Jazz roster, but this front office has a firm vision of building a championship-contending team in Utah. It remains to be seen if he remains a part of those plans in his third professional season.

Rumors of roster transfers are expected to continue as we approach the 2024 NBA Draft, the first round of which begins on Wednesday, June 26.

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