It’s been a disappointing season for the Utah Jazz. Much of their struggles have been understandable, given that they lost their best two-way player, Gordon Hayward, to the Celtics in the offseason. To exacerbate matters, Rudy Gobert has missed a chunk of time with a leg injury, while their biggest addition is Ricky Rubio who, well, he’s still Ricky Rubio.
Yet, the Jazz have somehow managed to put together a little win streak. They’ve won five straight and seven of their last 10, but they still sit in 10th place in the West and are two-and-a-half games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Not than an eighth-place finish and a swift postseason exit would do them much good, anyway.
Which is why, ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, they’re busy trying to auction off parts and keep their eye toward the future. ESPN reported last month that the organization might be looking to move swingman Rodney Hood, and new reports indicate that that several teams around the league have thrown their hats into the ring.