Posted by: Andy on February 11th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Reports from the Sun’s side of things says they are interested in both Jefferson and Hayward. We all know Hayward should be untouchable, but Phoenix has a couple things we could want if we give up Jefferson. Gortat, Dragic, and Kendall Marshall are all interesting pieces but they also all take away something the FO is desperate to keep; flexibility.
Gortat – 7.2 million, 2 years
Dragic – 7.5 million, 4 years
Marshall – 2 million, 4 years
Jefferson for Dragic and Gortat would be great for the Jazz, but I’m pretty sure PHX wouldn’t do it even if we included draft picks. I think the deal would have to be Jefferson and a 1st rounder for Dragic and Frye (6 million, 3 years) or Wes Johnson (4.5 million, expiring contract) and then the Jazz would have to cut somebody.
Looking at it laid out, it seems that this move is a bit too rough for either team to just deal straight across.
I threw together a quick trade on the trade machine. ATL has said they want a big man, and they also want to maintain flexibility this offseason so they can make a run at big free agents.
Here is one with ATL as the third team:
We probably have to include one of the 1st round picks still, but I think this helps all teams reach their goals. Phoenix gets a legitimate scorer, a shooter, and helps continue their rebuilding process, we get a solid pg and an expiring contract, Atlanta gets one of the better big men in the league for his price, and don’t add too much salary for the next season. If they don’t want Bell, we could just buy him out instead.
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