Jan 28, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots a jump shot over the defense of Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Grizzlies defeated the Sixers 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz In the Mix with First Trade Out of the Way

Alright so the Rudy Gay trade wasn’t the first trade of the season, but it was the first trade to really get things moving while we head into the trade deadline. Just in case you didn’t know the details of that trade it shakes out like this:

Toronto –

Gets – Rudy Gay

Giving Up – Jose Calderon, Ed Davis

 

Memphis –

Gets – Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis, Austin Daye, and a second round pick

Giving Up – Rudy Gay, Hamed Haddadi

 

Detroit –

Gets – Jose Calderon

Giving Up – Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye

 

Many suspected that the Rudy Gay move was primed to happen with several different teams courting the option. Though it would be a surprise to see any of the three teams in the trade, deal again before the trade deadline, it isn’t out of the question.

However teams like the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks, were rumored to have participated in talks at one point. The question of course what does this mean for the Utah Jazz. In the big picture this is exactly where the Jazz want to be. With players like Paul Gasol with the Los Angeles Lakers, Josh Smith with the Atlanta Hawks, and other names still sitting on the market, the Jazz have a chance to work up a good deal. One of the more intriguing thoughts would involve the Jazz and the Celtics and the Lakers in a three or four team trade. Even with a win against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma Thunder,  Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to move Paul Gasol and possibly pick up a key wing player or high quality player off the bench. While the Boston Celtics pulled out an impressive win against the Miami Heat, they are looking shorthanded.

While trades with these teams can get complicated, they need to make something happen. This of course puts the Utah Jazz in the drivers seat to an extent with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, and four draft picks this year. As things develop we will try to narrow down the possibilities.

Tags: Al Jefferson Atlanta Hawks Austin Daye Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks Detroit Pistons Draft Pick Ed Davis Hamed Haddadi Jose Caleron Josh Smith Kevin Durant Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat NBA Trade Oklahoma Thunder Paul Gasol Paul Millsap Rudy Gay Tayshaun Prince Toronto Raptors Trade Trade Deadline

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