The Utah Jazz recently traded Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster that shocked the NBA…
… and sparked a new wave of NBA trade speculation with the Phoenix Suns.
With the Jazz seemingly in full sell mode, rumors and speculation have swirled around forward Bojan Bogdanovic and his potential matchup with Phoenix for quite some time.
That speculation has intensified with the Suns in the wake of the Mitchell trade, and some of it now includes another Jazz player, Jordan Clarkson.
Could Phoenix trade both players?
Here’s what NBA writers are saying about potential trades between the Suns and Utah.
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Greg Schwartz has the Suns giving Utah a 2023 first-round pick (top-5 protected), 2023 second-rounder F Jae Crowder, SG Landry Shamet and F/C Dario Saric with in exchange for Bogdanovic and Clarkson.
He writes: “Can the Suns rely on internal improvements to get out of the second round this year, especially with Chris Paul turning 38 in May? They shouldn’t wait to find out. Both Bogdanovic (starting power forward) and and Clarkson (sixth man) would be terrific additions to this Phoenix core, one that should still have championship aspirations.”
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Zach Lowe said on a recent podcast: “Phoenix is interesting because… I think they need a little bit of a jolt, in terms of their formula being what it is, it’s wildly successful. I think they need a little more jolt on offense, another three-point shooter with a lot of volume, another guy who can do some things in addition to their two guards who do everything.”
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Peter O’Keefe writes: “The Suns may have an extra edge in Bogdanovic’s sweepstakes, as he and Suns big man Dario Saric are playing together for their national team at EuroBasket. With Bogdanovic emerging as the best option if they want to make a deal before training.’
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SB Nation: Is the Bojan Bogdanovic trade worth it for the Suns?
Dave King writes: “Does replacing Crowder and Shamet (17.7 ppg combined) with Bojan and Clarkson (34 ppg combined) make the Suns a better title contender? Does it make them even more dangerous in the playoffs? Probably yes.” is that worth sacrificing any real chance at Kevin Durant, or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, or even, say, De’Aaron Fox?”
SB Nation: Bojan Bogdanovic trade worth it for Suns
John Voita writes: “Bogdanovic, 32, is entering the final year of his contract and is owed $19.3 million this season. James Jones will have to get creative to move on some contracts the way Utah will get an unrestricted Free Agent entering next year. But it’s worth it. He’s a career 39.2 percent three-point shooter. He’s an experienced starter and has averaged 18.4 points in his three seasons in Utah.”
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Adam Wells writes: “Bogdanovic will likely bring back the most upside of this trio if given. The eight-year veteran is under contract expiring at a salary of $19.3 million in 2022-23. He is one of the best shooters in the NBA, having made 40.3 percent of his three-point attempts over the last five seasons. It’s unclear what the Suns would have to give up for Bogdanovic. They’re currently over the luxury tax, so any deal would require match their salaries. … Things fell apart for Phoenix in the playoffs with a second-round loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Adding a top shooter to a corps that already includes Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton would make this the team very dangerous in the Western Region.”
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Alex Kirschenbaum writes: “Last season, the 6’7″ veteran averaged 18.1 PPG on 45.5% shooting from the floor, along with 4.3 RPG and 1.7 APG in 69 games for the Jazz while starting as the team’s power forward. Bogdanovic could help spread the floor for the Suns and is an effective free-throw shooter. He connected on 38.7 percent of his 6.8 3-pointers per game for Utah as and 85.8% of his free throws.”
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Donnie Druin writes: “The Suns could take advantage of his shooting in their attempts to get off the floor, and provided he can keep up his performance, Phoenix would finally have a strong option outside of the paint behind Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Will the interest turn into something real? The Suns seemed intent on upgrading their roster one way or another. This might be the best (and most realistic) option left for Phoenix. “
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Sam Amico writes: “Meanwhile, the Suns are reportedly looking for some help after being eliminated by the Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs. They are very much in win-now mode, and Bogdanovic is that type of player. He had avg. averaged 18.1 points in 69 games last season, making 39 percent of his 3-pointers. This year, he’ll be on an expiring contract.”
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Fansided: Bojan Bogdanovic would be a great fit for the Suns
Peter O’Keefe writes: “Bogdanovic has proven to be one of the league’s top three-point shooters throughout his career, scoring between 17-20 points per game on roughly 40 percent from three over the past four seasons. Croatian is on an expiring $19.5 million contract and would be a nice upgrade from Jae Crowder, with the latter seemingly expressing his desire for a trade away from the Suns.A recent trade proposal indicated Bogdanovic moving to the Suns for Crowder, Landry Shamet and a protected first rounder This seems like a simple trade that could materialize – possibly in the next few hours, days or weeks.”
SB Nation: Bojan Bodganovic a ‘Potential’ Trade Target for Suns
Brandon Duenas writes: “As previously mentioned, the Jazz are likely to blow up the entire business, including dealing Mitchell, Clarkson and Bogdanovic. Bojan is on a similar contract to Harrison Barnes at just under 20 million and is set to expire after this season. making him an ideal rental option. Phoenix has the contracts that fit easily enough and could throw in an option to do so. While it wouldn’t be a real needle, I think the offensive push would could help the Sans.”
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Dalton Sell writes: “Bogdanovic has become a lethal scorer over the last three years with the Jazz, averaging 18.4 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from the floor of three-pointers. Bringing in another star scorer like Eto could do wonders for Devin Booker and Chris Paul as it would lighten their workload offensively. Bogdanovic would be an immediate upgrade over Jae Crowder or Dario Saric in power forward position because of his prolific scoring and would make the Suns are more formidable on offense.”
NBA Analysis: Bojan Bogdanovic would bring an extra element to the Suns
James Piercey writes: “For what it’s worth, the Suns already have a deep wing rotation. Bogdanovic would be closer to a luxury than a necessity for this team. Between Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson and Jae Crowder, the rotation can to be crowded. That’s okay: you can never have too many wings in the modern NBA. After all, any of these guys can coexist at the same time. Each can play the 4 or 3 when called upon, too. Plus, Bogey brings a shot creation element the Suns don’t necessarily get from any of the other players we just mentioned. This is a pure talent grab for the Suns. They should figure to be back in NBA title contention in 2022-23. With that in mind, they’re going to need all the help they can get.”
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Andy Bailey writes: “With his size (6’7”) and career three-point percentage of 39.2, Bogdanovic appears to be a perfect fit for the Phoenix Suns. Between Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton, they’ve leaned on positionless basketball, and another dedicated floor spacer that fits that mold would open up some extra space in the lanes of CP3 and Devin Booker. He would lose some toughness and defense without Jae Crowder, but there’s no doubt that Bogdanovic is raising the offensive ceiling. And in formations with Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, there’s probably enough interchangeability to mitigate Bogdanovic’s weaknesses at the other end.”
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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: Could Phoenix Suns Land Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson?