NBA Rumor: Joe Ingles Trade?

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Jazz entertained Joe Ingles trade in the offseason

League sources say that the Jazz did entertain the prospect of trading Ingles in the offseason, before Ainge joined them, but ultimately decided it couldn’t stomach the culture hit of sending him away. Ainge, as we all know by now, is far less sentimental than most. He’s capable of trading pretty much anyone.

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If Jazz forward Joe Ingles is indeed available for trade, sources say the Warriors do have interest — just no good way to get him. Ingles, approaching 34, fits the Warriors’ need for a veteran and another offensive playmaker. His passing would fit perfectly with the Warriors. He can run point forward and spot up off the ball, making him viable with the starters and the second unit. He’s got 45 playoff games under his belt. He shot a career-best 45.1 percent from 3 on a career-high 6.1 attempts per game — his third season at 44 percent or above. He’s also reputed for being a great guy and would add to the culture of the locker room.

The most viable option to get Ingles is to see where Oubre Jr. signs and try to convert it into a sign-and-trade. In that scenario, the Warriors would get a traded player exception in exchange for Oubre and they could use that exception to get Ingles, if he is available. But that’s adding $13 million (plus the repeater tax) to what is already the league’s highest payroll. Ingles is good, but is he good enough for Lacob to stomach the added cost? The Warriors could keep the TPE for potential use later, but the same question would come up.

Are Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles really on the trading block? If so, what is the expectation of what they could bring back? — Tanner P. I’m very careful to not throw names out in terms of trades. I haven’t heard either of those names from any of my concrete sources, otherwise, I would have reported it. I know the Jazz want to get better and are all-in on trying to put themselves in a position to win a championship next season. I know that they will be aggressive in pursuit of that goal. That is what I can currently tell you from a factual standpoint.
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January 23, 2022 | 8:46 pm EST Update