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#pounditWednesday, August 10, 2022

Playoff team considering blowing up their roster?

Will Hardy on the sideline

Jul 15, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Antonio Spurs Summer League head coach Will Hardy is pictured during an NBA Summer League playoff game against the Portland Trailblazers at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Many are skeptical that Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert can continue to coexist, which is why there has been talk of the Utah Jazz potentially trading one of the two star players this summer. Perhaps they will not make a choice between the two.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst hinted on “First Take” Friday that the Jazz could be heading for a total rebuild. He said their decision to trade Royce O’Neale, a key player and one of their best defenders, is a sign that they may be in the early stages of blowing up their roster.

Windhorst also cited the fact that Quin Snyder stepped down and the Jazz replaced him with first-year head coach Will Hardy. Danny Ainge is also now an executive in Utah, and Windhorst mentioned how Ainge traded away Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant when he first hired Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics.

Does all of that mean the writing is on the wall? Mitchell raised some eyebrows with a recent Instagram post, and the trade rumors have been swirling for a while. The Jazz could obviously get a significant haul for either Mitchell or Gobert, but they would end up with a ton of draft capital if they unloaded both.


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