Posted by: Jazzaholic on January 8th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
We are about to enter one of the most interesting times of the year…The Trade Deadline.
Players have to be waived by the 8th in order to clear waivers by the 10th, otherwise the contracts will be guaranteed, and thus begins the official trading season. Things won’t really heat up until the week before the Feb 15-17 All-Star Weekend, where many face to face meetings can take place. Then it becomes frantic up until the Feb 21st deadline.
For 2013-14, not counting any free agents they may wish to retain, Atlanta has $21.5 million in salary committed, Utah has only $26.1 million, and Cleveland has $30.5 million. They may just sit tight waiting for the draft or free agency to make a move. Or, they could be right in the thick of things.
Utah’s expiring contracts are:
1. Jefferson $15m
2. Mo Williams $8.5m
3. Millsap $7.2m
4. Bell $3.48m
5. Foye $2.5m
6. Watson $2m
7. Tinsley $1.35m
Before you make suggestions, plug the players into a trade machine like:
Start with a player you’d like to get, then put yourself in the other guy’s shoes…who would you want from the Jazz?
Plug them in and see if it works.
Then, why wouldn’t one team or the other do the trade. That is, does it benefit BOTH teams?
Look for reasons for a trade and reasons NOT to do a trade.
There are too many/few players at a position. A player has been having problems with the Coach/GM/Owner. Rumors are circulating that a player wants to be/asked to be traded. Management wants him gone. A contract is too long or too big. A team is trying to get out of the luxury tax/under the cap.
Here’s Rumors links and good stats too:
Now you’re ready to play GM! Give Dennis and Kevin some ideas they may not have thought of, a new slant or a different possibility.
How do you unload Toxic Raja?
Do you trade Millsap or Jefferson?
Do you trade for a point guard?
Remember, you’ve got to find a trade both teams might like. Just because you like a player, doesn’t mean they will trade him, without something extra thrown into the trade.
Draft picks have no value in the trade, but help even out the trade, so the other team is motivated to accept.
If a team already has the 15 maximum players, they usually won’t do a 1 for 2 trade, because they have to waive and pay one of their players, to make room for the extra player coming back.
An expiring contract is quite desirable, because most of his salary has been paid for the year, and you have his Bird rights, so you can resign him for more than the Mid Level Exemption, if you want to. On the other hand, if you are under the cap, why not just wait for him to be come an unrestricted free agent next summer?
So, crank up your trade machine, grab Dennis’ cell phone, and make your trade proposal.
David Locke said he’d review one trade machine proposal a day, so pump a few his direction.
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