Posted by: Jazzaholic on June 30th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz get a new Kevin and an old Mo and probably end up with a 13 man roster.
The old Kevin essentially ended up trading injured Memo for a healthy Mo, a draft pick, and saved a grundle of money too.
They have 7 players with expiring contracts, worth $46m, and a total payroll of about $60m.
Big Al = $15m
Devin Harris = $8.5m
Mo Williams = $8.5m
Paul Millsap = $7.2m
Raja = $3.5m
Earl Watson = $2m
Free Agent signings.
The Jazz don’t have a lot of needs and only have the MLE (Mid Level Exemption) to spend, since they are over the cap. They will be over the cap, at about $60m, but well under the $70m luxury tax. They have 2 empty roster spots available and may find an undervalued FA, like they did last year.
2013 could be a strong year for the Jazz in the FA market, with $46m coming off the books. That could be up to 3 max contracts!
In the meantime, those expiring contracts are valuable in the trade market.
Mo Williams is over paid, but it’s an expiring contract.
This Summer, through the Feb. trade deadline, could have some exciting deals is store.
The tough trade is going to be Raja Bell. He’s been at odds with the coach and management. He wants out. The Jazz would like to trade him, but, despite having an expiring contract, $3.5m is high for an aging, often injured, player. This has to be a dumper. “If you want Paul, ya’ gotta take Raja.” Right now the Jazz have 2 open roster spots, so there’s no need to even think about amnesty.
Big Al is a double double, near All-Star player, but $15m is tough on the salary structure for a trading partner.
Paul is an undersized workhorse. His salary is lower than his cap value, because of the up front payment in matching the Blazers. Paul should be a hot item on the trading block this year, if he doesn’t get extended.
Devin played well in the last half of the year. He has fair value to the right team, wait for the injuries.
Mo will have a trade lockout for (I think) about 90 days, where he can’t be traded.
Earl or Jamaal could be filler in any trade to make the numbers work, especially since the Jazz are loaded with guards.
Let’s hope the Jazz get more out of this group of expiring contracts, than they did last year. A couple of extra 2nd round picks would have been nice, instead of the big nothing, they got out of CJ and Josh.
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