Wednesday night the Utah Jazz seemed to pick up right where they left off before the two very dominant losses to first the Kobe Bryant lead Los Angeles Lakers, and then to the James Harden Houston Rockets. One of the key elements missing for the Utah Jazz was young talent Gordon Hayward. The other key element missing from the two games, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Don’t get me wrong the two played and was physically present. However things seemed to be missing ever since their jerseys went on sale half price.
So why would the two players possibly take the last two games off? I always have to remember that these players are young, and are more opt to making judgement mistakes. Regardless of their drive and determination, I think that they are capable of taking a game off to send a little message to management. It is no secret that Paul isn’t coming back to Utah next season, and without Paul, Al knows that staying with the Jazz would mean playing for a team that has almost no shot at a deep playoff run or in serious discussion about a championship. The two large talents may have been letting management know they want to move. What could be a better message than a total of 4 points from Paul Millsap and 10 points from Al Jefferson?
So why would the two push hard to win against the New Orleans Hornets (aka Pelicans)? During last nights game Paul Millsap scored 25 points, and Al Jefferson scored 22 points. Which is on track with their numbers pre-Lakers loss. This is a message to the rest of the NBA, they are top quality talents and teams would be lucky to land them in a trade. With playoff teams seriously talking about trading, they needed to make sure their stock didn’t drop off.
What kind of trade could the two be a part of? Since there is virtually a million different trade possibilities, I will throw in my favorite. A four team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, and Atlanta Hawks. The trade would send away Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, probably a draft pick or two, and possibly a young talent like Alec Burks. In return the Jazz would sport a dominant look with Paul Gasol, and Rajon Rondo. Though the chance of that happening are as likely as I used to think Steve Nash playing with Kobe Bryant on the Lakers and being coached by Mike D’Antoni, it is still possible.
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