The Utah Jazz have been one of the most consistent teams in my mind when it comes to the NBA Draft, and the NBA trade deadline. Aside from the fact that the Utah Jazz a good at playing their cards close to the chest, they like to do as little as possible. It isn’t that the Utah Jazz don’t make trades or jockey for position on high profile players, but at the end of the day they seldom have a player like Deron Williams. Ironically the Utah Jazz have two players like Deron Williams in the sense that at the end of this year they will be in the wind and the Jazz will see nothing in return. Some fans have called for “Big” Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to be kept on to try and make a deep playoff run. However no one is saying let’s keep Jefferson and Millsap because they are defiantly going to win us a championship this year.
With those facts in mind we have to take into account new General Manager Dennis Lindsey. With a history of having an eye for talent and development, he would be eager to acquire young talent that would complement this team, or even draft picks to work with. Recently Lindsey had made the decision to send down rookie Kevin Murphy who’s 50 point game in collage last year established him as a shooting threat. With injuries plaguing the team Lindsey elected to bring Murphy back. This shows that Lindsey isn’t afraid to make changes to the team.
When you put those two pieces together I would conclude that Utah Jazz will make two trades at the All Star break, and afterwards the Utah Jazz will have a couple of new faces. Tragically fans may not see the upside in the trades that will take place, but in the big picture the Jazz will be a better team in the end.