There is already talk that the Utah Jazz have a trade in the works with the Cleveland Cavaliers to try and acquire the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. However, Chad Ford of ESPN, dished out another possible trade that the Jazz could try and pull off to bring a potential star to Utah.
In his live mock draft with John Goodman of ESPN, Ford selected Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick for the Cavaliers. Goodman went next and selected Jabari Parker to the Milwaukee Bucks. When it was time for the Jazz to pick, Ford offered the Bucks, not the Cavaliers, a trade for Parker. In the trade, Ford offers Trey Burke and the fifth pick (which turned in to Julius Randle), to the Bucks for Parker. Goodman accepted the offer and Parker was on his way to Utah.
Thinking of this trade, it seems to be good on both sides. Utah would get a guy who could potentially be a franchise changing player, while the Bucks get their point guard, as well as a powerful big man in the post. It also allows the Jazz to keep the majority of their core together. They would not have to give up Derrick Favors or Alec Burks, like they would potentially have to do in the Cleveland deal. They could potentially have Burks, Gordon Hayward, Parker, and Favors in a starting lineup next season, while bringing Enes Kanter off the bench.
For those concerned about making this deal because of how much they believe in Burke at the point guard position, this might be a trade that would help the Jazz more long term. There will be point guards available on the free agent market that the Jazz could attempt to go after. Guys like Eric Bledsoe (restricted) and Darren Collison (unrestricted) could be gone after hard to try and help out with the point guard position. If the Jazz could do that, they could see a starting lineup next season that looks like the following:
SF – Gordon Hayward/Jabari Parker
PF – Jabari Parker/Derrick Favors
C – Derrick Favors/Enes Kanter
To me, that lineup is a much better team than what the Jazz could do if they made a trade with the Cavaliers and got rid of Favors and Burks. I may be alone, but I would more than likely pull the trigger on this deal a lot faster than I would the Cleveland deal.