Posted by: Jared Jardine on January 22nd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
In my view, the Jazz are an All-Star PG away from being a contender, and I want to see them target Rondo. He is consistently the best facilitator in the NBA, and the only active NBA player with even a chance of threatening John Stockton’s assist record. Rondo has a bit of an attitude, but in my opinion, the Jazz need a strong personality with championship experience to be the leader on this team. People talk about him not wanting to play here, but in my view, the only difficulty is in getting the players to come. Once they are here, they like it. This is why I think it would be a much smarter move for the Jazz front office to trade for a top caliber player like Rondo who has several years left on his deal. He doesn’t get a say in it, and once he is here, and being successful, he will like being here.
This trade gets us an All-Star Starting Point Guard for several years (IMHO Rondo is the best PG in the game) who is a facilitator, which is exactly what Favors and Kanter need to reach their potential. It also gets us a solid backup PF in Bass. It takes back 3 years worth of contracts on both players. It gives Boston a scoring Big to accompany Garnett in the paint with Millsap and a scoring PG in Mo Williams that can give their lack-luster offense a bit of juice, but even better than that, they are both in the final year of their deals, so they can get the financial flexibility they will need if they are truly ready to break up their team. In my view, the only trades that ever happen in the NBA are those that benefit both teams, and I think that this one fits.
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