With less than a month to go before the trade deadline, rumors are bound to start heating up sooner or later. The Utah Jazz are in position to make some moves with all the expiring contracts that they have on the roster. There is one guy out there that I think could be an option the Jazz should look at. Especially, if they think the “stretch 4″ lineup is something they want to keep going to.
Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans still has 2 years left on his contract, making $8,308,500 this season. In my eyes, the Jazz would like to see Kanter and Favors play well together on the court, but so far, that has not been the case. If the Jazz want to pull the trigger and make a move, Kanter could be an expendable piece.
Here is the trade I am proposing:
New Orleans receives : Enes Kanter, Brandon Rush
Utah Jazz receives : Ryan Anderson
Anderson is a career 39.6% 3 point shooter and is shooting 41% from 3 this season. The Jazz could use his services off the bench. The Jazz could keep their current starting lineup in tact and open up more playing time for younger guys like Rudy Gobert. If this trade were to go down, the Jazz could have a rotation that looked like this:
PG – Trey Burke
SG – Gordon Hayward
SF – Richard Jefferson
PF – Marvin Williams
C – Derrick Favors
PG – Diante Garrett/John Lucas III
SG – Alec Burks
SF – Ryan Anderson
PF – Jeremy Evans
C – Rudy Gobert
Shipping out Kanter and Rush could result in more losses this season. That could mean a higher draft pick in the draft that everyone wants to get a high pick in. Anderson has a contract for 2 more seasons, which means he could help out the Jazz for the next couple years with their depth.
I’ve always loved Anderson’s game and would personally love to see him on the Jazz somehow, someway. I understand that shipping out Kanter wouldn’t be an ideal thing to most Jazz fans, but out of the “core 5″ the Jazz have right now, Kanter is the most expendable piece. Don’t hate me for suggesting this, but I loved seeing the response on our last trade discussion piece that our fellow writer Tyson Newman wrote, and would love to see another great debate among Jazz fans!