Posted by: Adam on February 18th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the trade rumor of Paul Millsap for Eric Bledsoe. I hate the idea of giving up Paul Millsap before Al Jefferson but Eric Bledsoe has been terrific and he’s the young point guard we’ve been dreaming of. By all indications, this is a trade that is not only likely but could possibly be in the works. Here are Eric Bledsoe’s 2012-2013 statistics:
These are solid numbers. They don’t scream out dominance or superstar caliber but they are similar to Favors and Kanter in that they are numbers made while being held back and having an inconsistent role. I think he, along with Favors and Kanter, have high ceilings and could be very good players in this league given consistent minutes and opportunity.
So here’s the trade, Millsap for Bledsoe. There’s one problem though. Millsap is making $8,603,633 this year as opposed to Bledsoe making $1,707,720. There’s no way L.A.C. can make this trade with the cap space they have (or I guess, do not have, haha!). So there needs to be a guy who will balance out the money in this situation. Here’s what I was thinking: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine/?tradeId=bxvwzvx
It’s essentially Millsap for Eric Bledsoe and Lamar Odom. I hate Odom, I think he is a loser off the court and an idiot on the court. He had skills a couple years ago but he’s recently screwed over the few teams that have taken a chance on him of late. So you may ask why we would want him. Here’s why: Odom is in the final year of his contract and is making $8,200,000. So we get Bledsoe and are able to dump Odom after this year. This is very realistic as they haven’t needed Odom in the past and definitely won’t need him after adding Millsap. I don’t care if he plays or doesn’t….I honestly would prefer he doesn’t. It works with the money and it is plausible with both teams. KOC has been so stressed about keeping flexibility. Well, this goes just that while getting us that point guard we wanted.
So what do you all think? Yay or Nay? There are obviously some flaws but I think we’re going to have to take on some flaws when we make a trade…not everything will work out how we want it, unfortunately.
I honestly don’t know if I would make this trade. Sure we need a PG but Burks has been doing pretty well. There’s lots of options we could pursue so what do you guys think of this particular option?
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