Posted by: Kory Woodland on January 31st, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
UTAH trades – Jefferson, Tinsley, Bell / UTAH receives – Pierce, Knight, English
BOSTON trades – Pierce, Barbosa / BOSTON receives – Jefferson, Tinsley + pick
DETROIT trades – Knight, English / DETROIT receives – Barbosa, Bell + pick or Barbosa, Burks
This fills 3 of Utah’s “wants”- young PG, All Star presence, Championship experience, not to mention we get rid of Jefferson, Tinsley, Bell
After Calderon got traded to Detroit, there is reason to believe that they are not planning on Knight as their future PG. Plus, trading away T Prince the have no one at SG. Barbosa has rumored to have been on the trade block all season and now that Rondo is hurt they could use a veteran presence behind Avery Bradley. It has also been rumored that Boston is looking to bring in a legitimate scoring Center to compliment Rondo, C Lee, Sullinger and F Melo going into the future while playing alongside KG for the time being. Also do you remember who the Jazz really liked in summer league? Yep, Kim English who is not currently seeing any play time in Detroit.
I am not a big Pierce guy as a person, BUT here is what he could bring to the table if Al were to get traded. Current stats… Jefferson – 17.2 PPG / 9.5 REB / 2.0 AST to Pierce’s 18.7 PPG / 6.0 REB / 4.0 AST
Career Stats -
Jefferson – FG% 49.9 / 3PT% 8.6 / FT% 71.9 / REB 9.0 / AST 1.4 / STL .7 / BLK 1.4 / PPG 16.3
Pierce – FG% 44.7 / 3PT% 36.8 / FT% 80.7 / REB 6.0 / AST 3.8 / STL 1.5 / BLK .6 / PPG 21.9
Pierce is an upgrade in 3PT% and FT% and out of the 6 REB 5 are Defensive! Even though he scores 21.9 PPG, he is a willing passer with 3.8 AST and gets 1.5 STL His stats are very similar to Hayward across the board except he scores 21.9 PPG compared to 9.7 and has more REB and STL. The skeptics will ask, why would we want Pierce if he has similar #’s to Hayward if it means Hayward would follow him off the bench? We have proven Hayward is the scoring force to the 2nd unit and he is ok coming off the bench in the 6th man role (unlike Millsap). Pierce is also much better than Marvin.
Check out this BIG lineup… Mo / Hayward / Pierce / Millsap / Favors
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