When the NBA trade deadline passed and the Utah Jazz had once again stood pat, opting to hold onto their current roster rather than making a major move to acquire an All-Star level talent in Mike Conley, I was critical of the Jazz.
After the Jazz resisted pulling the trigger, I said it was imperative that Dante Exum, who the Jazz were reportedly unwilling to part with in a Conley trade, prove himself on the floor. Exum ended up tearing his patellar tendon just three games after returning from injury and was never able to make good on the Jazz commitment this season.
It had the makings of a disastrous non-move for the Jazz.
In addition to the Exum injury, which could have implications for the Jazz stretching into next season, Ricky Rubio, the other main piece reportedly involved in trade discussions, has continued his inconsistent play. He’s failed to find the same success with his jump shot that made him a dangerous weapon in the second half of last season.
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