Utah Jazz trade Joe Ingles to Portland Trailblazers in three-team deal

SALT LAKE CITY — After eight seasons with the Utah Jazz, Australian small forward and fan favorite Joe Ingles has been traded in a three-team deal, involving the Portland Trailblazers and San Antonio Spurs.

Following a tough stretch over the month of January where the Jazz went just 4-12, the organization has been in the midst of trade rumors for weeks, primarily centered around Ingles despite his recent ACL tear against Minnesota.

In addition to Ingles, Utah is sending Elijiah Hughes and a second-round pick to Portland in exchange for Nickeil Alexander-Walker and San Antonio’s Juancho Hernangomez. The Spurs will receive Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick as part of the three-team deal.

As for the Jazz, Alexander-Walker is a promising young talent with some considerable potential. Listed at the shooting guard position, Alexander-Walker was the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and has played three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans. For the year, Alexander-Walker is currently averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Hernangomez on the other hand is a decent big-man who adds some depth to the forward and center positions. He is currently averaging 1.1 points, 0.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.

While some Jazz fans may be sad that Ingles is no longer a member of their favorite team, it is important to note that he will become an unrestricted free-agent after this season and very well could resign with Utah on a veteran deal. With his ACL rehab it’s unlikely that the 34 year old will ever even suit up for Portland.

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