Posted by: ST Spalding on June 26th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Well the draft is almost here and the intrigue around what KOC will do is keeping me up at night
Do we stand pat and allow expiring contracts to free up cash for future free agents? NO because we cant attract top tier players to Utah. Although we should explore signing Ersan or Novak to acquire some outside shooting from the SF position. If we trade Al, a defensive center like Thompson from SAC might fit too.
Do we trade assets (Al, Paul, Tomic, trade exception) for draft picks? NO making the playoffs (and losing out on two picks in this draft) forced us to accelerate the time line and the youth movement is now over. We have the “fantastic four” to build around. Although I would not mind trying to get Damian L at say the 10 spot if he is on the board and New O will deal.
So trades are in my mind the only real option. kOC will not take in huge or long term contracts (3 yr max). We need to round out our line up with proven back court players. The two teams that appear poised to rearrange their rosters this week are Portland and Houston.
Houston/Utah trade would be Al Jefferson and Raja Bell for Lowery and Martin. Houston needs a center and some vet leadership, Houston tried to trade Martin last year, Houston will go after Dragic , and Lowery hates McHale, plus Utah needs outside shooting and depth and free up PT for Kanter and Favors. The $ is almost to the penny and KOC still has the trade exemptions.
So with this trade:
PG – Lowery/Harris
SG – Martin/Burks
PF – Milsap/Evans
Reserves: Ersan, Thompson, Watson
Portland/Utah is a bit messy. Not sure Portland is sold on Wes, so we ship them Bell and Watson and take on two extra years of Wes contract. Portland has picks and $ to redo their roster yet again. Utah gets an outside shoot and defender.
IMO our only option is to build via trades and supplement with minor free agents.
Can’t wait for Friday!!!
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