The Jazz made the playoffs for the last six years. During the 2020-2021 season Utah finished first in the Western Conference but lost in the second round against the Clippers.
After another early playoff exit last season (the Jazz were eliminated in the first round by the Mavericks), the management of the team decided to blow up the roster.
First, Rudy Gobert was traded to the Timberwolves. Then a few weeks later Utah sent Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland. At that point it became clear that the Jazz roster for next season will look different.
Moreover, the team is reportedly looking to trade Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. During a recent interview Clarkson admitted that it is difficult to go down from being one of the top teams in the West to likely missing postseason.
“I’m ready for whatever happens. I’ve been in the league for nine years now. I’m kind of a young vet in this. So, whatever direction management, owners, and the team are trying to go, I’m ready for it. If I’m in a different jersey in a week or tomorrow I get a phone call and I have to put on whatever jersey it is, I’m just trying to win and take whatever team it is to the next level to hopefully win a championship one day. That’s my outlook on it. If I’m here in Utah, I want to win. I want to strive for the playoffs, try to put a team together that could win something. It’s hard to go down from [where we were], bro. We’ve been winning for like three years straight. We had the best record in the league two years ago. This last year wasn’t the greatest, but we still finished top four in the West. We had another chance to win a championship and it all got squandered. It gets frustrating, but the sun comes out the next day and you’ve got to figure it out.”