Both the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns appeared gaining momentum for a potential trade from the previous days, but a demand from the latter shattered the negotiations that taking place.
Per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the Suns have likened wing Bojan Bogdanovic from the Jazz, but also reportedly expressed interest on Jarred Vanderbilt to be attached on a potential transaction, causing the trade conversations to break down. Tony Jones of The Athletic confirmed the report, noting that Vanderbilt is a “highly valuable” talent for the club.
As such, Utah instead took a pivot and unexpectedly shipped Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee.
Bogdanovic has been tagged as a rumored trade target for the Suns this offseason. The Croatian veteran was a solid piece being shopped by the Jazz with their long-term rebuild slowly looming.
On the other side, Vanderbilt, who landed in Salt Lake City as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves big time haul for Rudy Gobert, stands as a promising young forward with a solid motor and defensive versatility.
It is likely that Utah considers Vanderbilt to be a building block of their aspiring future. The 23-year-old big man averaged 6.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.3 steals in over 58 percent efficiency for 74 games last season.