Posted by: Kory Woodland on January 21st, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
First off, I would like to state that I wish we didn’t have to consider trading away the 2 players that always come up in trade conversations, but I understand it is inevitable.
Paul Millsap might be the epitome of Jazz basketball. He’s humble, hard working, wants to be in Utah and is always trying to improve, but we all believe that he is undersized and that Favors will become a better player. I only hope that as Favors takes his place, we can find an “Millsap-like” player to follow him off the bench for less money.
It also took us so long to find a big man that could actually contribute and not be a waste of space. Al is an incredible scorer and has so much heart. He too wants to be in Utah and is a great teammate when he decides to be a willing passer. In my humble opinion Kanter better have a really strong backup as well if we decide to move Al.
I have proposed some trades from around the league. Some teams might not think getting Millsap or Jefferson would be enough for what they would have to give up, but the numbers worked out evenly on both sides.
I am a big believer that If we choose to make a trade, that we had better look for an upgrade at PG if our intent is to hand the reins over to Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter. I will list the teams in bold that help us accomplish that.
ATL – J Teague (PG), Lou Williams (SG) / Millsap, Tinsley Millsap would be a nice compliment to Josh Smith and Al Horford but we would have to decide whether we thought Teague / L Williams > Mo Williams / Foye going forward
BOS – A Bradley (PG), J Green (PF) / Millsap, Tinsley
BKN – M Brooks (SG), Humphreys (PF) / Millsap, Foye, Tinsley
CHA – K Walker (PG), T Thomas (PF) / Millsap, Tinsley
CHI – I don’t see any trade interest here
CLE – Dion Waiters (SG), T Thompson (PF) / Millsap
DET – B Knight (PG), T Prince (SF), G Monroe (C) / Millsap, Kanter
IND – DJ Augustine (PG), G Green (SF), D West (PF) / Mo Williams, Millsap or DJ Augustine (PG), D Granger (SF) / Mo Williams, Foye, Bell
MIA – Miller (SG), Haslem (PF) , Millsap, Tinsley
MIL – B Udrih (PG), Illyasova (SF), L Sanders (C) / Jefferson, Tinsley
NYK – R Felton (PG), S Novak (SG), K Thomas (PF) / Millsap, Tinsley
ORL – JJ Reddick (SG), G Davis (PF) / Millsap, Foye
PHI – J Holiday (PG), L Allen (PF) / Millsap
TOR – J Calderon (PG), A Bargnani (C) / Jefferson, Bell, Tinsley or K Lowry (PG), A Bargnani (C) / Jefferson, Tinsley
WAS – J Wall (PG), E Okafor (C) / Jefferson, Foye, Tinsley or J Wall (PG), B Beal (SG), E Okafor (C) / Mo Williams, Jefferson
Analysis – My favorite trade partners in the East are CHA, DET, IND, NYK, PHI, TOR and WAS with IND or TOR being the most likely to accept leaving TOR as my favorite
DAL – I didn’t find an equal trade here
DEN – A Miller (PG), K Faried (SF/PF) / Tinsley, Millsap
GSW – J Jack (PG), D Lee (PF) / Mo Williams, Millsap
HOU – T Douglas (PG), C Parsons (SF), M Morris (PF) / Tinsley, Millsap
LAC – E Bledsoe (PG), C Butler (SG) / Tinsley, Evans, Millsap
LAL – D Morris (PG), P Gasol (PF) / Millsap, Marv Williams, Bell
MEM – J Bayless (PG), M Speights (PF) / Tinsley, Millsap
MIN - A Shved (PG), D Williams (SF) / Millsap, Evans
NOH – G Vasquez (PG), E Gordon (SG), J Smith (PF), R Lopez (C) / Mo Williams, Foye, Jefferson
OKC – E Maynor (PG), T Sefelosha (SG), N Collison (PF) / Millsap, Foye
PHO – G Dragic (PG), M Morris (PF), W Johnson(SG) / Mo Williams, Foye, Millsap
POR – I didn’t find an equal trade here. We could move Jefferson for Hickson but Portland likes Millsap and would have to give up too much in addition to Hickson to make the deal work
SAC – A Brooks (PG), J Fredette (PG), T Robinson (PF) / Tinsley, Millsap, Evans
SAS – D Green (SG), T Splitter (PF) /Millsap
Analysis – my favorite trade partners in the West are DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, MIN, NOH, OKC, PHO and SAC.
I really like the trades with DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, and MIN.
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