The Utah Jazz has traded forward Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets for a 2023 first-round pick. Brooklyn will send the lesser pick out of their own, Houston, or Philadelphia’s 2023 first-round selection. This news was obviously overshadowed by the news that Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Nets. Now, O’Neale could end up being the best forward on the roster to start the season for the Nets. The team got the first round pick they wanted for the forward. Utah also announced they were waving forward Juancho Hernangomez.
Utah is trading Royce O’Neale to Brooklyn for a first-round pick, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
Last year with the Utah Jazz, Royce O’Neale averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 45.7 percent and a three-point percentage of 38.9 percent. Heading into the offseason it was reported that the Utah Jazz wanted a first round selection for O’Neale. Brooklyn is now in the postion where they need new talent on the roster and begin a rebuild with the departure of their star player Kevin Durant. Utah will likely look to continue to reshape their roster and stay in the NBA Playoffs.
Jazz moves reported today so far:
– Trade Royce O’Neale for a first-round pick
– Waive Juancho Hernangomez
– No qualifying offer for Eric Paschall
– No qualifying offer for Trent Forrest
A lot less salary then they had committed 24 hours ago… but a lot more flexibility!
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) June 30, 2022
Royce O’Neale is viewed as a talented rotation forward and now he will likely recieve a larger role this upcoming season. The NBA free agency period is set to begin Thursday at six p.m. and more moves will likely be made by both teams. We here at Def Pen Sports will be updating the deals as they come in throughout the period.