Jazz’s Trade Deadline History Is Short But Impactful
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz don’t have much of a history with making deals at the NBA trade deadline.
Reportedly they were close to making a major trade this time around, but weren’t able to come to an agreement with another party.
Here’s a look at the few, but important deals that the team has made at the deadline:
1994: Jazz Trade For Hornacek
One of the most impactful trade deadline move in Jazz franchise history was one of the first deadline deals in franchise history. During the 1993-94 season the Jazz swapped guard Jeff Malone for another guard named Jeff, this one with the last name, Hornacek, in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Hornacek played seven seasons with the Jazz and was a key member of the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals squads. With the Jazz, Hornacek averaged 14.4 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc.
His jersey No. 14 was retired by the Jazz following his retirement in 2000. Hornacek would go on to head coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks.
2004: Trade For Gugliotta Sets Stage For Hayward Era
It wasn’t until 2004 that the Jazz made another trade at the deadline. That year, they made two deals. First, the team sent Keon Clark and Ben Handlogten to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Tom Gugliotta and a pair of first round draft picks.
Also on that day, the Jazz acquired Gordan Giricek after sending DeShawn Stevenson and a second-round draft pick to the Orlando Magic.
Neither trade was very impactful for the players themselves, but ultimately for what transpired after the trade. Gugliotta started in 24 of the 25 games in which he donned a Jazz uniform, but averaged just 3.7 points per game. Later on, one of the picks that came to the Jazz in the trade with the Suns became Gordon Hayward’s pick by Utah in 2010.
Giricek lasted five seasons and 226 games with the Jazz, and averaged 8.9 points per game. He was ultimately traded for Kyle Korver in the 2007-08 season.
2010: Brewer Traded, D-Will Upset
In 2010, the Jazz traded wingman Ronnie Brewer to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a first-round pick. The pick became Donatas Motiejunas, so it wasn’t very significant in that regard. What was significant was the reaction of Brewer’s best friend on the team then, Deron Williams.
Williams was upset at Jazz management for making the trade, telling reporters, “It stinks, I think if we’d make a trade it would be something a little different than that,” the then-All-Star point guard continued. “You look at all the teams in the West and we essentially got worse, if you ask me.”
The Jazz and Williams would later have a quick divorce in 2011 when the Jazz traded him to the New Jersey Nets for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks. Those picks turned out to be Enes Kanter and Gorgui Dieng.
2015: Kanter’s Demand Obliged
Speaking of Kanter, he became the center of the next trade deadline deal for the Jazz in 2015. After becoming frustrated with losing his role on the team to an emerging Rudy Gobert, Kanter demanded a trade from the Jazz.
His request was granted as the team sent him and Steve Novak to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-way trade that involved the Detroit Pistons.
In return, the Jazz got Grant Jarrett, Kendrick Perkins (who was immediately waived), Tibor Pleiss and two draft picks.
2016: Mack Shores Up Jazz Backcourt
In 2016, the Jazz made a deadline trade for the second straight year when they sent a second round pick that originally belonged to Denver to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Shelvin Mack.
Mack played two seasons with Utah, averaging a career-high 9.5 points per game.
2018: Crowder Comes To Town
Last season, the Jazz sent Rodney Hood to Cleveland and Joe Johnson to Sacramento in a three-team trade that landed Jae Crowder in Utah. Former league MVP Derrick Rose was also a part of the deal, but he was immediately waived by the Jazz.
Now in his second season with the Jazz, Crowder has become an important member of the team, averaging 11.9 points per game in a Jazz uniform.