LA Lakers and Utah Jazz remain ‘far apart’ in trade talks after exchanging multiple offers

The LA Lakers and Utah Jazz have reportedly engaged in trade talks this offseason. However, the teams are not close to an agreement. On “The Drive with Spence Checketts” podcast, The Athletic’s Tony Jones explained why the LA Lakers didn’t make a trade with the Jazz.

“I don’t think the Jazz are close to anything right now. They talked to the Lakers. Jazz made an offer to the Lakers, but the Lakers made a counter-offer to the Jazz, and those two offers were very far away.”

The Utah Jazz are reportedly eyeing the LA Lakers’ first-round picks. However, LA’s asking price was too high for the Jazz. The Lakers wanted Bojan Bogdanovic. In addition to acquiring the Bosnian-born Croatian forward, LA has also expressed interest in former Los Angeles Lakers player Jordan Clarkson and jazz guard Mike Conley.

Can the LA Lakers fight for another NBA championship?

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2020 NBA Finals – Game Six

The LA Lakers failed to return to the NBA Finals last season. This shortcoming came despite the acquisition of former MVP Russell Westbrook. Westbrook fell short of expectations and received widespread criticism for the Lakers’ poor play.

The one-time explosive playmaker is likely to return to Los Angeles this season. The Lakers will have no choice but to circumvent what they have.

LA recently added former Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley, who should add some defensive depth to their roster. However, some analysts fear that Beverley and Westbrook are unable to resolve their tumultuous past.

With the players the LA Lakers currently have, it’s hard to say whether or not they can challenge for another title this season. We have to consider that LeBron James is getting older now and could miss a few games for load management. Then there’s Anthony Davis, who has proven to be an injury-prone player.

Could the Lakers add a player to improve their chances of becoming a contender? One player that comes to mind is former Lakers star Jordan Clarkson. Utah and LA may not agree yet. However, adding Clarkson isn’t entirely out of the question.

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Clarkson proved to be a valuable player during his time at Utah. In 2021, he won the Sixth Man of the Year award. In 2022, he had a career-high 45 points against the Sacramento Kings.

During the FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers, Jordan Clarkson played for Gilas Pilipinas. He gave a masterful performance against Saudi Arabia, contributing 23 points, six assists and five rebounds in just 28 minutes of play.

Jordan Clarkson posted an EASY 23 PTS, 6 AST and 5 REB on 5/8 at 3pm in the Philippines’ resounding 84-46 win over Saudi Arabia. Clarkson’s first-ever FIBA ​​match on Filipino soil! 🇵🇭

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