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Breaking down the financial impact of the Dante Exum-Jordan Clarkson trade

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as the Utah Jazz open the home season with the LA Lakers in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as the Utah Jazz open the home season with the Los Angeles Lakers in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.
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Besides the to-be-determined impact on the court, the trade that saw the Utah Jazz send Dante Exum and draft picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson will have a financial impact as well, which was broken down in a piece by The Athletic’s Danny Leroux.

For the Cavs, Leroux notes they will have Exum’s Bird rights in 2021 when he becomes a free agent, meaning they’ll have an advantage if they want to re-sign him then. For this year, the trade also gives them a bit more breathing room under the luxury tax.

For the Jazz, Leroux points out that Clarkson becoming a free agent this summer will help a Utah team that will be financially strapped, assuming Mike Conley picks up his $34.5 million option, but that the Jazz will also have Clarkson’s Bird rights should they want to re-sign him.

“Still, adding a superior talent who can help the team much more right now (with full Bird rights in case Clarkson works out really well) and opens up spending power in 2020 makes far more sense than sacrificing in the present and likely the future by holding out hope Exum finally lives up to his potential and draft position,” Leroux concludes.

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