Jazz unlikely to trade Lauri Markkanen amid Warriors buzz – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Lauri Markkanen's transfer competition has taken a new turn – and it favors neither the Warriors nor the Kings.

Golden State and Sacramento were at the center of transfer speculation regarding the Jazz striker. According to reports, the Warriors were the “aggressors” among the teams seeking the services of the 27-year-old.

Utah, on the other hand, “features a 10 percent chance of trading him,” Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday. (h/t Bleacher Report)

There are many reasons why the Jazz remain hesitant to lose Markkanen, and why the Warriors, Kings and San Antonio Spurs have all expressed interest in the Finnish star.

Markkanen, an NBA All-Star and 2023 Most Improved Player award winner, averaged 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 55 games for Utah during the 2023-24 NBA season, shooting 48 percent from the field and a commendable 39.9 percent from 3-point range.

Fischer added that the Kings, who like the Warriors are apparently looking for a game-winning forward during the offseason, were recently close to completing a trade for Markkanen.

“The Kings, as far as I know, were close to a deal earlier this week,” Fischer said on Wednesday's episode of the “No Cap Room” podcast. “I believe that based on the conversations I've had. I can't say more than that, but there have been calls to people in the NBA that indicate there were legitimate conversations there.”

Golden State has not been idle in working out a deal for Markkanen, reportedly signing proven sharpshooter Buddy Hield in a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 31-year-old will provide more scoring threat, but the Warriors are likely still looking for reinforcements to complement superstar point guard Stephen Curry following the departure of Klay Thompson.

It might prove difficult to add Markkanen to coach Steve Kerr's rotation, but the offseason is still young and it would be unwise to write off the Warriors.

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