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Utah Jazz stay quiet as NBA trade deadline passes

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Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang (31), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) celebrate a point near the end of game with the Portland Trail Blazers in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Utah won 121-115.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — It was all quiet on the Salt Flat front as Thursday’s NBA trade deadline came and went without the Jazz making any last-minute moves.

As other Western Conference-contending teams continued to shake things up, the Jazz stood pat, which means that March 1, the deadline for players to be waived and still be playoff eligible with another squad, is the next biggest date on the NBA schedule.

It’s not uncommon for playoff-bound and contender-hopeful teams to make few or no moves at the trade deadline, as they often don’t have a ton of assets to offer because they used them up in order to get where they are now. That’s where the buyout market comes in.

As soon as the trade deadline passes every season, teams start to buy out contracts and waive players. For example, within minutes of the 1 p.m. MT deadline on Thursday it was reported that Philadelphia would waive Trey Burke and Detroit would be waiving Tim Frazier.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the players being moved off have no value. Often, noncontending teams will waive players or buy out their contracts in order to save money, especially veteran players who are more costly.

It remains to be seen who exactly will be available to the Jazz, as players have to first be moved off their current roster and clear waivers before being picked up by a new team, but that is a situation the Jazz will surely be monitoring with a trained eye.

While Utah didn’t make any moves Thursday, multiple former Jazz players were moved around over the last couple of days, including Alec Burks, and Jae Crowder. Burks is heading to Philadelphia to join the Sixers, while Crowder was part of a headline-grabbing package that included Andre Iguodala going to Miami.

Elsewhere, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally landed D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins and a future first-round draft pick to Golden State. These aren’t moves that will impact that Jazz this season, but they do show that the outlying teams in the West don’t plan on being outliers for long.

In Eastern Conference news, the Detroit Pistons parted ways with Andre Drummond, sending the center to the Cleveland Cavaliers for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a second-round pick.

By staying quiet on Thursday, the Jazz are possibly showing the confidence they have in their current team and the improvements that have been made in the offseason and since then. But, in light of the current recent five-game losing streak, the team’s longest since 2016, it would be hard to imagine that they head into the playoffs with their roster looking exactly as it does today.