Posted by: Steven on January 31st, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I few days ago when I saw that Toronto wanted to move Calderon on as part of the Rudy Gay trade and saw Memphis unwilling to take him in on themselves I thought the situation was ripe for the Jazz to do the deal that covers for Mo’s injury now and have a ready made back up plan if the Jazz couldn’t do any other PG deal in the summer. Then it didn’t go down that way. To say I wasn’t happy to see Calderon going to the Pistons would be an understatement.
Then I woke up this morning and looked at this way. Every team in the West knows that the Jazz need an upgrade at the PG situation, why would Memphis who is looking to stay ahead of us on the playoff standings sign off on a deal that makes the Jazz stronger? Even if we offered a player that was deemed acceptable in a trade no team that is a rival will sign a deal that makes us stronger. That is the reality of a 3 way trade, not only do you have to offer the right player in exchange but you have to do the deal with the right teams. No GM’s out there like to help their rival’s progress just to get a deal done. Getting Rudy Gay to Toronto was a bigger deal to the Raptors than where Calderon was going, but Memphis would probably have kept Rudy Gay along for the ride rather than help the Jazz get an upgrade within a crucial part of their roster. The calls were probably made but responded with a ‘thanks, but no thanks’.
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