Lauri Markkanen Trade Rumors: Odds of Former Wildcats’ Next NBA Team

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Former Arizona Wildcats star forward Lauri Markkanen has found his footing in the NBA since arriving in Salt Lake City in 2022, winning the league’s Most Improved Player honor in 2023 and averaging 23.2 points per game last season. The 2018 All-Rookie Team member out of Finland is a true unicorn in today’s NBA, hitting 40% from three and adding near-rim talent you’d expect from a 7-foot forward.  

The 27-year-old arrived in Utah as part of the deal that sent Donovan Mitchell from Utah to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who Markkanen played for during the 2021-22 league year.  

With Markkanen slated to earn a cap hit of $18.004 million in the final year of the four-year, $67.4 million deal he signed with the Chicago Bulls back in 2021, it’s worth wondering which NBA team may make a move for the Finnish forward.  

With that in mind, broke down some hypothetical odds on which NBA team might land Markkanen this offseason, with a rebuilding power atop our list.

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Lauri Markkanen Trade Rumors


Percentage Chance 


Golden State Warriors 



San Antonio Spurs 



Houston Rockets  



Oklahoma City Thunder 



Los Angeles Lakers 



Sacramento Kings 



The Field / Stay With Jazz 



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Warriors Among Favorites To Land Markkanen

It looks like fellow Wildcat Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors are on the inside track to land Markkanen via a trade, with several controllable assets that could intrigue the Jazz, while needing a player of Markkanen’s talents in the frontcourt.  

That’s why we list the Warriors at +900 to get their hands on Markkanen, with Golden State ranking ahead of the Victor Wembanyama-led San Antonio Spurs (+1250) and the Western Conference duo of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder at +1500 apiece.  

Longshots to land Markkanen include the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings at +2000 apiece, while the field (or the Jazz themselves) come in at -150 as the NBA offseason heats up.  

Whichever club lands Markkanen is getting a player that can do it all, upping his point total from 13.6 PPG with the Bulls in 2020-21 to 23.2 PPG with Utah last season.  

While Wildcats fans would likely opt for Markkanen to return to the Grand Canyon State and suit up for the Phoenix Suns, it looks like they’ll have to settle for him settle for him playing another NBA Finals contender in 2024-25.  

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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