A mock trade proposal from Inside The Jazz's Jared Koch would unite former Boston Celtics Sixth Man of the Year Malcolm Brogdon with Danny Ainge, bridging together two distinct eras of modern Cs basketball. The proposal would see the Jazz give up a future first-round draft pick (via the Minnesota Timberwolves), Talen Horton-Tucker and Kelly Olynyk to bring on Brogdon and a future second-rounder from the Portland Trail Blazers via the Atlanta Hawks.
"In this deal, the Jazz bring a coveted vet into the backcourt by shedding two expiring contracts and a future protected first," Koch wrote. "It effectively adds experience and talent into a backcourt that could desperately use a breath of fresh air, while also netting the Trail Blazers some draft capital.
"While losing Olynyk and Horton-Tucker does take a shot at this team’s overall depth, it’s better than losing both in free agency as soon as next summer. Considering the team’s timeline, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Jazz let 32-year-old KO walk on the open market, and Talen could easily find an enhanced role or bigger payday elsewhere. A deal like this effectively allows Utah to capitalize off assets in a necessary way."
Malcolm Brogdon may have ruffled too many feathers on the Boston Celtics for Danny Ainge to consider landing him
One of the more shocking developments over the summer for the Celtics was Brogdon's alleged plan to protest Boston's near-trade of the point guard in the original Kristaps Porzingis trade arrangement before it was amended to include Marcus Smart instead. What it signaled was that Brogdon wasn't happy enough with how things were going with the Celtics to be able to take the trade demand in stride as Smart and Jaylen Brown had to/still have to do for years in Boston.
Given the hoopla it caused, the Houdini doesn't see Ainge getting any sort of encouraging info from Stevens if he were to ever pursue a deal with Portland to land Brogdon. Especially in a deal that sees Utah give up a future first-rounder and a 23-year-old forward (Horton-Tucker) who's shown flashes on both sides of the ball over five different seasons in the Association.