We are within 24 hours of the trade deadline approaching, and the NBA trade rumors are certainly starting to heat up. The Utah Jazz however, have not been mentioned in nearly any talks. Not surprising though, as the Jazz have always been known to be very quiet in dealing players. With no Jazz rumors currently being talked about, I thought I would give you my scenario to give the Jazz a good trade that seems like a win-win for both teams.
The Charlotte Bobcats have been rumored to be looking for a wing player that can shoot. So far, rumors that have been circling have the Bobcats interested in Anthony Morrow of the New Orleans Pelicans, and also Aaron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic. Both players could help the Bobcats, probably more so Afflalo than Morrow, and most definitely cheaper players than the Jazz could give up to help them. However, the Bobcats have been rumored to want to get rid of Ben Gordon. If they want to do that, the Jazz can make a good deal for both teams.
Charlotte Bobcats receive Richard Jefferson
Utah Jazz receive Ben Gordon
If you try this trade out on the Trade Machine on ESPN.com, it works salary wise. However, both teams could be looking to get more out of this trade than just a player swap. Neither player is worth a first round draft pick, but both teams could do some type of deal that includes future second round draft picks.
This trade could entice both teams. Charlotte has had it’s problems with Gordon in the past and is looking to move him. In the process of moving him, they get a wing player that has shown this season that he can still score the basketball and help a team win. Charlotte is in a “win-now” mode and RJ could be a big help.
The Jazz might also look at doing this because making a move like this can do a couple different things for the Jazz. The Jazz take back another expiring contract and can let Gordon go at the end of the season and remain financially flexible this upcoming off season. Sending away RJ opens up more playing time for other players, such as Alec Burks who is more than deserving of more playing time. Gordon, who has been known as a good three point shooting threat in the past, could give that to the Jazz off the bench and prove his worth for next season.
This trade could go a couple different ways for the Jazz. For “tank” fans, Gordon has had problems in Charlotte and has been benched because of it. If he causes problems in Utah, he gets benched and playing more young guys could possibly result in a better “tank job” for fans. However, if Gordon comes in and wants to contribute, he could be a huge asset and help the Jazz off the bench and win more games. If he does play well, Utah may consider wanting to bring him back on a much smaller contract next season to play a key bench role for the Jazz.
Anything can happen when you make a trade. No one ever really knows what you’re going to get out of it. However, the Jazz management has always been pretty good at finding the right talent to fit the Jazz’s system. Trust in the Jazz management to find a right fit, but this trade scenario seems to be a pretty good fit for both teams.