Posted by: Dallan Forsyth on December 16th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I think a lot of people could agree that something needs to happen. Something needs to change and especially if we want some of these young guys to stick around. The way they have been treated does not exactly scream we want you here. Randy Foye is currently getting as many minutes as Hayward. That should never happen and some games Hayward is playing under 20 mins because Foye is giving what? Not that much to take a guy off the floor that gives you an all around game. Favors over the last 10 games has missed 5 games but the other five? He is averaging 14 mins a game!! Kanter has owned for the last 5 games and he can not seem to get over 15 mins a game even if he is 4-4 with 10 points in 8 mins in the 1st half. Burks? Well we all know he gets no playing time cause we have to continue to play the ineffective combo of Tinsley and Watson.
No matter what is said by local media the Al Jefferson/Paul Millsap combo is not getting it done. In fact they never have really gotten it done. With Al & Paul both playing in a game the Jazz are 88-85 over the last 3 years (thanks @Peter_J_Novak). So what kind of Data points do we need to continue to take in? We know what that combo gets us and it is what we saw last year and so far this year. Average at best! So here are some trades that would help improve the team. I will explain why I feel they would improve the team.
Here is the 1st one with Toronto: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=c35pf25
Why do we do this? We do this because we need an upgrade at our back up PG position this is obvious. We also in my eyes need a true center. Not 5 PF with 2 undersized which is what we have. So we get a 5th big that is HUGE and we get better at the back up PG. We fix two back up issues and then also get better by playing Favors and Kanter more.
Here is the 2nd one with Boston: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=cz2ebbv
Why we do this? We get Pierce who may only be here for 2 years but he is a winner and brings a winning mentality unlike some of the people that are currently playing for this organization right now. We would get a pick in this scenario probably in 2014 or 2015. The reason they do this is they are faltering right now. They are not the same team and Al loves Boston. He would not mind going back there so they would not be just giving up Pierce for nothing. Yes Pierce seems like a Celtic for life but Malone once felt like a Jazz Man for life and he went to the Lakers to try for a championship.
Here is a 3rd one combining last two: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bmckwoa
Why do we do this? Well the reasons are pretty much the same as above. The other teams do this because Boston does not lose in the scoring department and gets a better back up PG then using a SG at the position. Toronto gets a quality vet big that works his butt off and would fit either next to Valancunias or Bargnani. Do we give up both our bigs? Yes we do but if we send away either big are we guaranteed the other stays in free agency? Are we going to sign them no matter what kind of money it takes? I would hope not. We get some players on cheap contracts that would be good back up big men!
Here is the 4th one: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=brbkda7
Why we do this trade? Well we get a PG of the future in Jennings. Yes he is a free agent next year but he is a restricted one so keeping him is not really an issue. We can match anything he is given. Yes he has stated he wants to be in a big market but where is he going to get that? There is not a single big market that he could go sign in that has money. So we get him in here let him run some P&R with Favors and he will be in Heaven. He brings an all around game. Our defense with Jennings,Hayward,Favors,Kanter on the floor would be AWESOME! A player is more likely to come here and stay here is they are winning. You think that OKC would be a top destination for people because of the community? Of course not but they are winning so people would go there. If we show him we want to win and show the other players we want to win we could get him and he would be fine.
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