SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are in need of some bench help. They’re hoping Jordan Clarkson can provide just that.
On Monday, the Jazz traded former No. 5 draft pick Dante Exum, along with two second-round picks to Cleveland for the combo guard, KSL.com has confirmed.
ESPN was the first to report the news.
That's not the only move the Jazz made on Monday either.
Following Utah's loss to Miami, The Athletic reported Jeff Green will be waived. Green has been part of the much-maligned bench unit. He has averaged a career-worst 7.8 points this season on 38% shooting — the worst mark in his long NBA tenure.
To fill Green's spot, the Jazz are signing Rayjon Tucker from Milwaukee's G-League team, KSL.com confirmed. Tucker has been averaging 23.8 points with the Wisconsin Herd. ESPN was the first to report Tucker's signing.
Over the first two months of the season, the Jazz have seen their bench cough up leads and be the main culprit of some losses. Now, they are trying to fix it.
Clarkson has averaged 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season for the Cavs.
In 10 games this month, Clarkson has shot 48.3% from the field, 39.4% from the 3-point line, and is averaging 15.4 points. In Utah, the hope is he can fit the classic — not to mention cliche — role as an offensive spark plug off the bench.
Utah will also send two future second round picks to Cleveland in the trade, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/mQBTD8h26k— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 24, 2019
Clarkson is a scorer. That’s how the 27-year-old, who was picked in the second round in the 2014 NBA draft, has found a spot in the league. In what will be his last game as a member of the Cavs, Clarkson dropped 30 points in a win over Memphis on Saturday.
Tucker is an undrafted rookie out of Little Rock, Arkansas. He pre-draft worked in Utah on June 8 and dropped 34 points on the Salt Lake City Stars during the G-League Showcase last week.
The trade closes Exum’s interesting chapter with the Jazz. The Australian point guard was selected No. 5 in the 2014 draft and was seen as a key building block for a young team. After winning the starting spot midway through his rookie season, Exum’s career was soon derailed by what seemed like a never-ending string of injuries.
Exum had knee surgery that forced him to miss his sophomore year. He had shoulder surgery that kept him out nearly an entire season. Just last season, he had a high-ankle sprain that kept him out for months and a season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon.
His recovery kept him out until November. Even after returning, he hasn’t been able to claim a spot in head coach Quin Snyder’s rotation. Exum last played on Dec. 11 in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Jazz and Cavaliers have become regular trade partners.
This is the third-straight season that the two teams have been involved in a deal. The Cavs and Jazz were involved in a three-team trade that brought Jae Crowder to Utah and sent Rodney Hood Cleveland at the 2018 trade deadline. And last November, the Jazz traded Alec Burks for Kyle Korver.