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The Utah Jazz are open to the idea of trading Lauri Markkanen, but they’re not letting him go easily – they have a high asking price.

According to sources, the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, and Oklahoma City Thunder are the top contenders interested in Markkanen.

While it’s not certain that Utah will trade him, they are willing to entertain offers, with the condition that the deal meets their expectations, similar to the trade Minnesota made for Rudy Gobert.

Considering Utah’s current struggles and their plans, dealing Markkanen, who is 26, might be a strategic move for the team, especially given his contract situation that allows negotiation and extension before the 2024-25 season.