Posted by: Nick Knows All on January 19th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Nets are not the only teams who’ve been inquiring about Millsap. I can’t anymore info about the Bucks and Nuggets information, so I don’t know what/who Amico’s source is for this one. Probably agents and scouts most likely.
Here’s the text about the Nets:
Though he’ll be a unrestriced free agent this summer and has been the subject of frequent trade rumors this season, Paul Millsap isn’t eager to leave the Jazz. The team has reportedly been in no rush to trade him or Al Jefferson, but when the deadline comes around, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio tweets that the power forward could wind up in Brooklyn. Amico hears the Nets may make a play for the seventh-year veteran, though he cautioned that such a move shouldn’t be deemed “likely” at this point.
Brooklyn’s incumbent power forward, Kris Humphries, has disappointed after re-signing for two years and $24MM this past offseason, and has fallen out of the starting lineup. Earlier this season, the team was reportedly pursuing Ersan Ilyasova, who was the Nets’ first choice over the summer before they re-signed Humphries. When Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors examined Humphries’ trade candidacy, he noted reports that suggested the Nets were never all that high on him, so it’s reasonable to expect they’d go after another power forward.
If the Nets want an upgrade, they’ll probably have to do it via trade, since they’re set to have no cap room in the summer. Acquiring Millsap at the deadline could be risky, as he could leave as a free agent, but trading for him would give the Nets his Bird rights, which would allow them to re-sign him despite their lack of space under the cap.
There have been conflicting reports on whether the Jazz are more likely to deal Millsap or Jefferson, both of whom are in the final year of their deals. A month ago, Hoops Rumors readers seemed split on which the Jazz would be better off trading, and a roughly equivalent number said the Jazz should trade them both.
Sounds like speculation, but this is the first trade rumor I’ve actually heard regarding the Jazz. I don’t think the Jazz will do it, and I don’t think they should, either. There is literally no one on the Nets who is better than Paul Millsap (Maybe Brook Lopez, but I’d rather trade Jefferson for him). Plus, it sounds like they’re trying to get rid of Kris Humphries, whom we already managed to get rid of. A 3 team trade is the only way I see this one panning out, because the Nets don’t have any lottery picks this year. They traded away all of their picks to assemble their current roster.
However, the Bucks and the Nuggets are interesting propositions. What, if any, trades do you think could potentially happen with these teams?
Brandon Jennings is definitely worth looking into, as he demands to be defended, but he is very much a shoot first chucker. Still a talented player, though. Monta Ellis is an arrogant dingleberry and seems almost uncoachable, plus he’s publibly talked trash about Utah before.
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