Lauri Markkanen Discusses Cavs Trade, EuroBasket Success

New Jazz ahead Lauri Markkanen spoke with Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune (subscriber unique) in a wide-ranging dialog.

The 25-year-old has had a busy summer time. In addition to being one of many centerpieces within the deal that noticed the Jazz delivery an All-Star capturing guard Donovan Mitchell to the Cavaliers, Markkanen additionally starred for his native Finland in Berlin for this yr’s EuroBasket, racking up the second-highest scoring common within the event. The group finally fell within the quarterfinals.

This is the second consecutive offseason relocation Markkanen has undergone throughout his burgeoning professional profession. In the summer time of 2021, he joined Cleveland by inking a four-year, $67.5MM sign-and-trade three-team take care of the Bulls and Trail Blazers. During his lone season with the 44-38 Cavaliers, the 7′ Markkanen, historically an influence ahead, began because the group’s small ahead for the primary time in his NBA profession. In 61 video games, all begins, he averaged 14.8 PPG on .445/.358/.868 capturing splits, 5.7 RPG, and 1.3 APG.

Walden’s interview is price studying in full, however listed here are some choose highlights from the dialog:

On his response to the commerce:

“It was type of a shock. I did not hear something earlier than, I did not see my title in any rumors… It was emotional. I perceive the enterprise facet of it, so I’ve acquired no laborious emotions. I thanked them for the chance that I had. But the primary moments had been actually emotional for me, as a result of we actually preferred Cleveland, and thought we might discovered a house there.”

On taking part in for his homeland on this summer time’s EuroBasket competitors:

“[Finland’s standing among its EuroBasket rivals is] nonetheless a piece in progress. But [rewind] to, like, [11] years in the past after they made EuroBasket for the primary time shortly at that time — it has been on the rise since… They had been a part of the World Cup in [2015]. It’s been going up for some time. I’m completely satisfied to be part of it, and I perceive the historical past. … I’m making an attempt to take this factor even additional.”

On how shut he got here to attending the University of Utah as a school prospect in 2016:

“Utah was my first go to. I used to be on the go to with my dad, and I keep in mind joking to him, ‘Do I’ve to go to the opposite two locations? Because I really feel comfy there.’ I used to be fairly assured that I’m gonna go to Utah… But then we cleared our minds and took the opposite two visits. And my intestine feeling [was strong] after I acquired to Arizona.”

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