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The Utah Jazz are buying and selling Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji to the Toronto Raptors for Otto Porter Jr., Kira Lewis Jr. and a 2024 first-round decide, in line with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal marks the second transfer the Jazz have made of their obvious choice to function as sellers. On Wednesday, they moved beginning ahead Simone Fontecchio to the Detroit Pistons in a separate transfer, signaling that they’re open for enterprise to contenders hoping to swipe a few of their veterans.

Nonetheless, the choice to maneuver Agbaji, nonetheless in solely his second season, is a little more stunning. Although his function had declined, he confirmed fairly a little bit of promise as a rookie and was a lottery decide of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2022 earlier than winding up in Utah by way of the Donovan Mitchell commerce.

The Raptors have been in rebuilding mode since they determined to commerce OG Anunoby earlier within the season. That transfer set the tone for this one because it signaled a need so as to add younger gamers over draft picks when attainable. The Raptors acquired Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett in that commerce. Now, in Agbaji, they’ve landed one other participant who matches the timeline of All-Star Scottie Barnes. 

In Olynyk, they’ve landed an older participant, however a giant man who supplies badly-needed taking pictures. Olynyk is the ninth Canadian participant ever to affix the Raptors and the second this season following Barrett. Curiosity in Olynyk has been excessive across the league, so profitable groups will probably name Toronto hoping to pry him away earlier than the deadline. As Toronto already had 4 excessive picks on this upcoming draft, transferring one now for a younger participant they like and a precious veteran made some sense.

The Raptors and Jazz each nonetheless have attainable offers on the desk. Toronto is claimed to be trying to commerce Bruce Brown, whom they acquired within the Pascal Siakam commerce, whereas the Jazz nonetheless have a number of veterans who might discover new houses earlier than the deadline. These are two of the extra energetic buying and selling franchises within the league in the mean time, so anticipate a lot extra wheeling and dealing.



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