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NBA Commerce Rumors: Jazz Rejected 2 1st-Spherical Picks for Walker Kessler amid Knicks Buzz

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV July 9, 2024 Tim Warner/Getty Images The Utah Jazz reportedly aren’t keen to part with Walker Kessler. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the team has rejected offers for the young big man that included two first-round picks going back to the Jazz, though it is unclear if those pick

NBA Commerce Rumors: Jazz Rejected 2 1st-Spherical Picks for Walker Kessler amid Knicks Buzz

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVJuly 9, 2024

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MARCH 23: Walker Kessler #24 of the Utah Jazz shoots a free throw in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on March 23, 2024 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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The Utah Jazz reportedly aren’t eager to half with Walker Kessler.

In accordance with SNY’s Ian Begley, the workforce has rejected provides for the younger massive man that included two first-round picks going again to the Jazz, although it’s unclear if these choose had protections positioned on them.

The New York Knicks are among the many groups occupied with Kessler, although it is arduous to think about the workforce giving up that kind of draft capital after emptying the cabinet for Mikal Bridges.

Kessler, 22, was the No. 22 total choose within the 2022 NBA draft and has been stable if unspectacular in his two seasons, averaging 8.7 factors, eight rebounds and a couple of.4 blocks throughout 138 video games (62 begins).

Two first-round picks is a excessive worth to pay for that degree of manufacturing, relying on the potential protections concerned, although Kessler’s skill to influence the sport as a rim-protector certainly has performed a serious position in his seemingly strong market.

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The Knicks, in the meantime, might use a backup middle after shedding Isaiah Hartenstein in free company to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Hartenstein turned a key participant for the Knicks final season—particularly with Mitchell Robinson showing in simply 31 video games—averaging 7.8 factors, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per sport, enjoying glorious protection.

As for different doable choices on the backup 5, Begley famous that Valuable Achiuwa is a doable goal for the Nets:

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Just a few notes on the Knicks, Jazz, Walker Kessler, Valuable Achiuwa, Mikal Bridges, the Nets and extra right here: pic.twitter.com/vnVoQcZ6HA

The Jazz have develop into an fascinating workforce to watch this offseason, as they’re clearly in a rebuilding part. That has made Lauri Markkanen a preferred commerce goal for contenders who missed out on gamers like Bridges, Paul George and Dejounte Murray this offseason, although he stays with the Jazz for now and is eligible for an extension on Aug. 6.

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