Posted by: Jason Michael Crannell on June 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I know I stated in a previous post that I wouldn’t trade Jefferson or Millsap for anything outside of a top 5 pick. I still likely stand by that. But…what about this idea. The Jazz trade Al Jefferson to the Toronto Raptors for Jose Calderon (who like Jefferson has an expiring contract) and the 8th pick in the draft. It works under the cap. If the Jazz made that deal, then they could use the 8th pick on the best available small forward/shooting guard still on the board. This would allow Utah great flexability in the backcourt. They could play Calderon and Harris as a tandem (with Devin playing more off the ball), or have either guy run the point, and be joined in the backcourt by Hayward or Burks. How would this effect our frontcourt? Favors could start at center (with Kanter being his backup), and Millsap could start at power forward. We would then use Jeremy Evans as our “fourth” big, and he could spell Paul. I really feel Jeremy is capable of more then what we have been allowed to see, and would excel as an energy guy off the bench, given the opportunity.
Toronto is badly in need of a low post player to compliment Andrea on the outside. Jefferson is better then any player that would still be available with the eighth pick in this draft. In my mind, for Toronto, it would be a no brainer.
With the 8th pick, the Jazz could then pick from a number of wing player types in the draft (Rivers, Lamb, Waiters, T. Jones, P. Jones, etc…) or if they don’t have confidence in Evans as a fourth big, they could go big and draft Henson, Leonard, or Zeller. Who knows, maybe even someone like Andre Drummond might slip down the draft board.
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