Posted by: Shae on October 10th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I personally like Big Al, and I think he is a great player. He’s got weaknesses sure, but he is still a great player. I admit though that sometimes losing a good player can improve a team, for example the Rockets and McGrady. That may be the case with Big Al and the Jazz, I really don’t know. The way I see it, without him the Jazz would probably be a little better on defense and moving the ball. They do lose offense though. Here is a possible trade that I just want to throw out. It would be a three way trade between Utah, Orlando, and Phoenix.
Utah trades: Al and Raja and receives: Hedo Turkoglu and Marcin Gortat
Orlando trades: Hedo Turkoglu and receives: Brad Miller and Raja Bell
Phoenix trades: Brad Miller and Marcin Gortat and receives: Al Jefferson
There are obviously problems with this but the money side works. First, while this makes the Jazz roster even more crowded, it does addresses both of the issues of defense and ball movement. Gortat is a good defensive center and Turkoglu is a good shooter and excellent passer. This also takes care of the Raja issue. Orlando would presumably go for this because they wouldn’t have to pay 12 million for Turkoglu in 2013-2014. Phoenix may not go for this, but if they felt that Jefferson would stay and they wanted the offense, there aren’t many better in that category than Big Al, they might agree. I doubt this trade would go down, but there are definitely some things to like about it.
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