Things are looking up for the Utah Jazz lately. More importantly, after a fairly uneven start, the Jazz are looking incredibly promising when it comes to the future of the franchise.
While there were a few trade whispers surrounding Markkanen earlier this season, don’t expect him to be moved, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“The Jazz seem determined to keep building a roster around Markkanen,” Woj wrote during his weekly chat on the social media platform Threads.
The Jazz (22-20) have won 15 of 19 and six straight — including road wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, as well as a home win over the defending champion Denver Nuggets.
Markkanen, 26, is 7-foot-0 and averaging 24.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists this season, shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent on 3-pointers. An All-Star last year, he has also spent time with the Chicago Bulls.
He’s making $17.2 million this season and is set to earn $18 million next year.
As an aside, the Jazz’s recent hot streak coincides with guard Collin Sexton moving into the starting lineup. Sexton was also part of the Mitchell trade.