Posted by: Randall 'Sagg' Harris on February 7th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I may get smacked on the hands for this. But I’m willing to take the temporary punishment to see what Jazz nation thinks.
Who should we trade for?
I have been playing with the ESPN trade machine the last few weeks and have come up with a few gang busters and the more palatable small deals too.
Let me share a few details with you.
Indiana. Having parted ways with coach O Brien they are looking to make changes. I think they are prime for the picking.
I see Jeff Foster and Mike Dunleavy as possible targets for the Jazz. Adding both size and stretching the floor.
Detroit. With a prime player sitting the bench and T Mac raking in the minutes it’s hard to figure out what Detroit is even doing.
I see the obvious, Rip Hamilton as a possible game changer for Utah if they could swing a deal to get him.
I cannot think of a player on the market that matches a team in need more than Rip to Utah.
Denver. Not that we would be able to make a deal for Carmelo. But with Denver in such a desperate situation it is possible to pull them into a deal that they would otherwise shy away from. With Denver brass previously from Toronto, the sting of the Bosh departure will surely play a role in Anthony’s departure from Nuggetland. Perhaps a JR Smith or even the serious probability of a departure with Al Harrington.
Cleveland. With 24 straight losses and counting, I think it is arguable that this season shouldn’t count against Byron Scott’s career record.
This team is willing to trade anybody just to get the taste of 2010 out of it’s mouth. I think the right offer could get a non-east conference team a serious deal like Andy Verajao or JJ Hickson.
Now the biggest question mark. Who do we trade to get these players?
Well nobody likes this part. But you have to give to get…and the Jazz are building for the immediate future, someone has to go.
The obvious choice would be AK. But even with this blockbuster season, I only see New Jersey willing to pay market value for an old Russian rifle. If we can get them into a 3 team trade then perhaps we could get something substantial.
Memo. I think that the possibility of him returning to Detroit, the place he won a ring, would be of possible leverage for the Jazz.
Teams like to welcome back players, especially Detroit. (Big Ben)
I guess I could add Francisco to the list. But just like AK and Memo, what can you get for an aging NBA player?
That is why I suggest that we use the youth of Jeremy Evans as a possible trade piece.
He has shown so much promise for the Jazz, in a position that they will be fine at for quite a while.
I understand what a bright future this young man will have. But it might be a good idea for the Jazz to use him as a bargaining tool.
To help us get to the next level.
Think of the Jazzmen whom have went on to have great careers.
But then again, maybe we should keep the roster like it is. And resign AK in the summer.
What does Jazz nation think?
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