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Report: Lauri Markkanen Intends to Stay with Jazz Next Season Amid Trade Rumors

Rival executives in the league expect the Utah Jazz to shop Lauri Markkanen this summer, with teams like the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, and Oklahoma City Thunder interested in acquiring the forward.

However, according to Marc Stein of SteinLine, the Finnish star wants to stay in Salt Lake City. Markkanen becomes eligible for a renegotiation and extension on August 6, but he won’t be trade-eligible for six months if he signs a new deal.

“It seems unlikely this would happen, because Markkanen is by all accounts happy in Salt Lake City and believed to be interested in securing a future there, but I shouldn’t have completely dismissed the possibility that he could be unsettled by all the recent reports that his team entertained the possibility of trading him,” Stein wrote.

“This goes for any player realistically. Purely from a common sense standpoint, Utah almost certainly could command more in a trade for Markkanen once he is signed to a new long-term deal, which can’t happen before Aug. 6. Yet it’s likewise true that the Jazz could decide to extend Markkanen once they are eligible to do so and keep building around him. Both of those scenarios are generally seen around the league as more probable than a trade in the short-term, given that Markkanen currently holds an expiring contract at a mere $18 million, but it was errant to advance the idea that all the recent chatter has zero downsides.”

Markkanen is one of the top players in the NBA. He averaged 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.5 blocks in the 2023-24 season for the Jazz, shooting 48.0% from the field, 39.9% from three-point range, and 89.9% from the free-throw line.

The 2022-23 Most Improved Player of the Year has career averages of 18.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks, having played for the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jazz.

Despite previous reports by ESPN’s Zach Lowe indicating that the Jazz have started listening to offers for Markkanen, that activity seems to have stalled now.

“The frenzy to try to pry Lauri Markkanen away from the Utah Jazz appears to have calmed for the moment,” Stein added.

Still, one interested team remains confident that Markkanen will eventually be traded, Stein reported a few days ago.

Utah’s own 2025 first-round pick is top-10 protected, so the Jazz might be incentivized to tank ahead of a strong draft class. The Jazz have also struggled to acquire a second star to build the roster around him.

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