Posted by: Adam on December 31st, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Hey Jazz fans! I know some of you are fed up with all the trade talk, but in my opinion it is one of the most commented on and debated topics of the NBA (for all sports if you think about it). Therefore, you have the following post (hopefully to spark further ideas, not just about trades, on how the Jazz can be a contender for the title even more so than they already are).
There have been several previous posts and comments related to those posts that I believe boil down to one main point: we are one piece away from becoming an elite contender and having a serious shot at the title. I agree with everyone that we are a “good” team, a top 10 team. But I also agree with those who suggest that to be a “great” team, a top 5 or maybe even top 3 team we need something else. Now maybe that could be a trade, a change in management, a re-grouping of the team and its players, or maybe a simple tweak in our offensive and defensive strategy, I’m not sure. I’m giving one option that the Jazz could think about that could possibly boost our team to heights we haven’t seen since our two trips to the Finals in the late 90’s.
I have recently discovered ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine (for those who don’t know, this is where trades can be discovered and see if the logistics can match up and be a serious trade). I took several ideas from previous posts on who could be good for the Utah Jazz. Several names that came up more than once were those of Andre Iguodala, Gerald Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Monta Ellis, and more. I took these into account and tried several combinations that would work to move one or two of these players to our team. Those I took into consideration of sacrificing were Andrei Kinilenko, Raja Bell, Kyrylo Fesenko, Ronnie Price, and Gordon Hayward (I have just recently stopped my trades involving Hayward after his impressive second half performance against the L.A. Clippers). I have just since come up with the following trade that takes into consideration roster lineups, cap-room, and teams interests for players.
The trade I have come up with involves the Utah Jazz (of course), the Charlotte Bobcats, the Detroit Pistons, and the Philadelphia 76ers. I purpose that the Jazz send Andrei Kirilenko to the Pistons and Raja Bell to the 76ers. The Pistons send Tayshaun Prince to the Bobcats and Richard Hamilton to the 76ers. The Bobcats send Gerald Wallace to the Jazz. 76ers send Andre Iguodala to the Jazz. Did you catch all of that? Here it is a gain
Jazz: Send- AK, Raja/Receive- Gerald Wallace, Andre Iguodala
76ers: Send-Andre Iguodala/Receive-Richard Hamilton, Raja Bell
Bobcats: Send-Gerald Wallace/Receive- Tayshaun Prince
Detroit: Send-Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton/Receive- Andrei Kirilenko
*Note: I know you are all upset about me suggesting to trade Raja. I myself don’t want to trade him but for reasons I will explain later, it may be just what we need.
**Note: I don’t expect this trade to happen from the Jazz or to have all these teams agree and go along with it. These are just my thoughts on paper.
So you now are probably asking, “Why would/should we do this and why would the other teams do this?” I’ll tell you in the following breakdown of each team:
Jazz: They’re giving up some defense in giving up AK and Raja, but Wallace steals and blocks shots and Iguodala has been known to grab at the ball. The main reason for this is to get some more offensive and rebounding power, without giving up too much of our denfense. Both Wallace and Iguodala average around 15 ppg., 7 rpg., and 3 apg. Thats much more than AK or Raja averages. I think a lineup of Williams, Iguodala, Wallace, Millsap, and Jefferson would be not only a powerhouse offensively, but all are big bodies in the paint and Iguodala and Wallace and high flying dunkers (think of the alley-oop possibilities).
76ers: I believe they like Iguodala, but they’re in need of a change offensively. Richard Hamilton averages around the same stats as Iguodala and another shooter in Raja could prove to help them in the long run. These changes in Philly could help them rebuild their crumbled team.
Bobcats: This one I think is the only tricky gear in the system. Tayshaun Prince has lower averages in almost every category (but not by too much). The reason I think they might do this is that Wallace has tried to carry their team through several seasons including a playoff appearance and the Bobcats haven’t put forth the effort to get a serious running mate for him (aside from Stephen Jackson). Gerald Wallace wants out and the Bobcats probably want to rebuild around new players.
Pistons: Their whole team is a mess. Aside from beating the Celtics the other day, there hasn’t been a single impressive performance in the last two years. Letting two of their players go and bringing in a both offensive and defensive minded player (that they can resign next year) might prove appealing for a broken down team.
Let me know what you think!
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