Posted by: Chris on August 9th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So the latest Dwight Howard rumor is as follows, a four-team trade:
Orlando – OUT: Dwight Howard, IN: Pau Gasol, Arron Afflalo (+Picks/Cash)
Lakers – OUT: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, IN: Dwight Howard, Al Harrington
Denver – OUT: Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo, IN: Andre Iguodala
Philadelphia – OUT: Andre Iguodala, IN: Andrew Bynum
So how would this affect the Jazz? Well, Denver gets a bit better, since they’re already a deep team and are trading two low-to-middle tier talents for one top-20 player. The Lakers get a lot worse, since Bynum + Gasol are >>>>>>>>> Howard + Harrington . The big winners are Orlando, who finally get what they want, and Philly, who are a legitimate title contender with Bynum instead of Iguodala, since he’s an improvement overall and such a better fit with the remainder of their personnel.
That said, this feels like both good and bad news for the Jazz. The Lakers certainly get quite a bit worse, but it’s not enough to eject them from the top 4 of the conference. Meanwhile the Nuggets, with whom we’re in more direct competition for the last few playoff slots, improve, and would likely have a better shot to beat out other contenders like us. So this lowers our chances of making the playoffs, but probably improves our chances of a deep playoff run, because it makes one of the top teams significantly more vulnerable to an upset. That’s a trade-off I’m okay with.
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