We’re right in the thick of NBA free agency and getting all kinds of cool trades across the league. The latest big trade comes from two Western Conference powerhouses.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Golden State Warriors have traded forward Eric Paschall to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a protected second-round pick. Paschall averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season.
Per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, it’s a move with a lot of potential for both sides. He noted that Paschall and Jazz star Donovan Mitchell have been friends since high school, while the Warriors needed the roster spot to make room for their other signings.
Paschall enjoyed a strong rookie season with the Warriors in the 2019-20 season. He earned All-Rookie honors after averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 60 games.
Paschall is friends with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell dating back to high school, when the two of them were prep stars in the New York City area. Golden State, meanwhile, needs roster spots after agreeing to deals with Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica earlier this week. https://t.co/UbjId8hB16
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 4, 2021
The Utah Jazz are in a good position to enjoy sustained success after the season they just had. They went a league-best 52-20, earning the No. 1 seed in the West.
But the Jazz ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals, losing in six games.
The Jazz boast a fairly young team with only a handful of players over the age of 30. Between their draft and the Paschall trade, the team is only getting younger.
Will the addition of Eric Paschall be a difference-maker for the Jazz this coming season? Who won this trade?