It’s February, which means trade talk starts to heat up in anticipation of the trade deadline on the 21st. With the Rudy Gay trade happening this week and reports from multiple league sources that Phoenix is interested in obtaining Josh Smith I thought I’d take a look at how this affects the Jazz and their possibilities.
Brent Koremenos had an article about a 3-team trade on Grantland that included the Jazz (http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/49239/trade-machine-madness-a-three-team-al-jefferson-deal-that-makes-the-jazz-a-force-in-the-west). I really like the trade idea but a lot of people I talked to don’t necessarily care for it because they aren’t high on Dragic, I am. So here’s a trade idea with the same idea that includes Phoenix’s supposed interest in Josh Smith:
Goran Dragic (4 yrs at $7.5 M)
Channing Frye (3 years at $6 M)
Josh Smith (1 year at $13.2 M)
Jeff Teague (1 year at $2.4 Ml)
Paul Millsap (1 year at $8.6 M)
Alec Burks (3 years at $2.1 M)
Earl Watson (1 year at $2 M)
Obviously this assumes that the Smith and Millsap agree to an extension to stay with the team they are being traded to. Dragic will help the Jazz immensely with his passing ability, 3-point shooting and his ability to drive to the basket. Channing Frye will be a good back up to Favors and will be able to spread the floor when the Jazz need it. For Atlanta they replace Smith with Sap and get him at a much cheaper price while also getting a young prospect in Burks who probably would never get a real chance in Utah seeing that Foye is young and is the true meaning of a shooting guard. Lastly, Phoenix gets a replacement for Dragic for the year and a solid PF for the future. All teams benefit greatly from this trade and this should be considered in the next couple weeks.
The other trade possibility that opened up includes Detroit with their latest acquisition of Jose Calderon. With three point guards on the roster who are all capable of starting one is sure to be expendable. The trade goes as follows:
Brandon Bass (3 yrs at $6M)
Brandon Knight (3 yrs at $2.7M)
Jason Collins (1 yr at $854k)
Alec Burks (3 years at $2.1M)
Earl Watson (1 yr at $2M)
Jazz 1st round 2013 pick
Paul Millsap ( 1 yr at $8.6M)
Again this gives the Jazz a backup PF to Favors in Bass. The Jazz also get Knight who they picked Kanter over but went back and forth on picking him #3 overall in 2011. Collins is there just to make the trade work. Detroit gets a prospect in Burks who has a high ceiling if given the opportunity and the Jazz’s first round pick next year to help them part with Knight. Boston gets Millsap who gives them a player for the future and cash to balance out the trade. This trade might be a little far fetched but the benefits for each team are undeniable.
Feel free to criticize and give your opinions at the bottom of this page.