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Betting Odds Show Favorites To Land Lauri Markkanen

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Five days into the NBA’s official free agency period, there are very few options available for teams as far as either free agents or players who could be acquired in a trade.

One of them is Lauri Markkanen, the star big man for the Utah Jazz who is rumored to be available via trade if a team comes up with an offer that is attractive enough.

While betting odds have the Jazz as the team Markkanen is most likely to suit up for this coming season, the Golden State Warriors are the favorites to land him in a trade, should he actually get traded, per GSW Ball Report.

Odds to land Lauri Markkanen. pic.twitter.com/6C0Aj6pp4a

— GSW Ball Report (@GSWBallReport) July 5, 2024

The Warriors have fallen hard just two years after winning their fourth NBA championship of the Stephen Curry era, and this past season, they didn’t even make the playoffs.

As many expected, they lost Klay Thompson in free agency this week, and as a result, they’re frantically trying to reload so they can return to prominence while Curry is still playing at a high level.

They just agreed to terms with sharpshooter Buddy Hield in a sign-and-trade, but Markkanen is the type of player they will need in order to become a force again.

Markkanen averaged 23.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game this past season a year after he put up 25.6 points and 8.6 boards a game during a breakout year that saw him make his first All-Star team.

At 27 years of age, he is young enough to supply the Warriors, or another team, with new blood, but he is experienced enough to know how to help, even though he has never appeared in the NBA playoffs in seven seasons.

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