For the past few months Jazz fans the world entire have been pondering possible trade scenarios involving our beloved team. We bloggers didn’t help matters by posting silly rumors, and spouting personal opinion, but our focus was always on ways Utah could acquire an elite point guard. Such talks featured Devin Harris, the former All-Star who has, to put it delicately, not lived up to his potential (though lately he has played fairly decently).
Oddly enough, a bizarre little rumor has it that the Jazz may hang onto Harris (!) and send Josh Howard to the San Antonio Spurs in part of a three-way trade with the T-Wolves. In return, Utah would acquire 6-foot-4 shooting guard Wayne Ellington, and 6-foot-6 guard Danny Green, while Minnesota would receive oft-used reserve Utah PG Jamaal Tinsley and the rifleman, CJ Miles.
Intriguingly, this trade actually makes sense for those of you seeking a “youth movement” … Josh Howard, to me, was always a bit of a gamble – brought on in order to help the established vets make a run at the playoffs. While the Jazz aren’t necessarily out of post-season contention, they’re not what I would consider a legitimate threat in any sense of the word.
I think this move signals the Jazz organization officially jumping into the dreaded “rebuilding process”, as neither Ellington nor Green carry enough NBA experience to help lift the Jazz beyond their current destination (i.e. out of the playoffs).
Here’s the original story.
And here’s some stats for you to mull over, courtesy of Wikipedia:
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