Posted by: Chase on December 19th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So let me first start by saying that I love Sap and Burks. They are two of my favorite players on the team. However, with Favors starting to close games (3 out of the last 4) and the trade deadline looming. The reality of either Sap or Big Al is getting harder and harder to ignore. I don’t want Sap to go; he’s been putting on his hard hat for years and coming to work nightly and busted his tail; Paul I believe embodies what I believe the Jazz franchise to be. But enough of the mushy stuff, the NBA is a business and one of the big men are likely gone. The offense runs through big Al and although many of you don’t like him, we’d be terrible offensively without him. The Jazz’ coaching staff obviously believes that Favors and he can play together (see the last few games or so).
A lot of folks and casual fans are tossing potential trades out there (Pierce, Gasol, the old junker out back, etc.) Why would we bring back such veteran talent? They wouldn’t put us over the top, so why do it? especially at the premium that the aforementioned players would require. IF, we’re going to do this we must bring back some young talent (maybe young-ish)
I’m proposing and wondering what you all thing about a three team trade: Utah,Portland and Dallas
Utah has never been shy about wanting a true 7 foot center right? Yes, we lose one “big man” in Sap and just add another one, but we may be losing Jefferson too and as we all know the Jazz like to be proactive and Myers Leonard won’t be ready for significant PT until Big Al is likely gone anyways. Utah is also on the hunt for a young PG prospect; in come D. Colisson from Dallas. One of the better defensive PG’s in the league and in our system he could flourish, so far he’s been a bit rough and hasn’t lived up to his potential, but he is a very solid true PG PROSPECT and one that’s worth taking a good look at, if it doesn’t work he has an expiring contract, which the Jazz love right now (see roster). Dallas would have to throw in SG Dante Jones to make the financials work-he too has an expiring contract and at one point was considered one of the top defenders for his position.
Portland gets Sap and Burks. Young talent where Portland needs it and they get out of the Mathews contract. Burks would get serious PT and Portland won’t likely be good enough this year from this trade that they don’t still get a good draft pick. That’ could be a solid team for them in the future
Dallas gets Mathews. Let’s face it Dallas is old and could use some young legs and help on the wing. Especially when Dirk comes back Mathews could really help shoulder some of the load both offensively and defensively.
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