Posted by: Jazzdependency on January 23rd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Lately I have played around with espn trade machine too much, like so many Jazz fans. It would be amazing to swap Jefferson for Rondo or Jrue Holiday, and Millsap for an unprotected first round pick…from the Wizards – but this is real life, not NBA2k.
If you look at the Utah Jazz from the outside, it looks a little different than it does from our perspective as Jazz fans. This is a team with exactly zero all stars, that crept into the playoffs last year. Our trade assets of Al and Paul, even Burks, are not as impressive as we may believe them to be.
There seems to be a doomsday vibe around Jazz nation when it comes to the approaching trade deadline and offseason (and actually quite a few subjects). I see a different path emerging, maybe Dennis is driving us down a slow dirt frontage road to the TPE super-highway. Traded player exception will be the new currency of trades under the NBA’s new CBA.
The Jazz have roughly $39M coming off the books at the end of the season…hopefully DMC is resigned for around 3 million/year, maybe Foye for 3 or 4, …there are alot of scenarios that could happen, but in the end, the Jazz could end up with $23-32 million in TPE. Al will most likely sign for around 15 million again, Millsap will sign for more like 4/44 million…just those two would become 26M in TPE.
Imagine going into next season with a crew of Kanter, Favors/Evans, DMC/Marv, Hayward/Burks/Murph, maybe Foye, perhaps Mo and a couple rookies…and the flexibility to take back any contract in the NBA. Its not uncommon that a team with high expectations is many millions into the luxury tax quicksand and just wants to write off their losses. In that situation it would be ideal for a team looking to rebuild to ship the Jazz a player that signed a huge FA contract with them just one or two years prior, with 2, 3 or 4 years remaining. The Jazz would be in a position to trade for two players making 12-15million each, or any number of options.
There will be quite a few teams looking to shed some salary, and only a handful of teams with the ability to take back the contracts without exchanging just as much. This would also put the Jazz in an ideal position to benefit from being the third team in a trade.
One team that is dealing in TPE is the Denver Nuggets, they used TPE from the Melo, Billups trade to bring in Iguodala… and they currently are sitting on a $13Million Nene TPE. TPE is how the Jazz were able to pick up Mo Williams and Al Jefferson … my guess is they go back to the well this time around too.
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