Jazz Dangling Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap

12/16/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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According to Marc Stein, the Utah Jazz are willing to deal Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap for a front-line point guard.  Stein says,
 
“It’s a working assumption in front offices all over the league that the Jazz will trade Jefferson or Millsap for a front-line point guard at some point in the next 10 weeks. For two reasons.
 
1. Jefferson and Millsap will be free agents in July, meaning Utah risks losing both without compensation if they’re still on the roster beyond Feb. 21.
 
2. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are the undeniable power players of the future in Utah, even though Jefferson is one of only five players this season averaging 17 and 10 — along with Dwight HowardDavid Lee, Kevin Love and Zach Randolph – and despite Millsap’s status as the most productive forward from the 2006 draft not named LaMarcus Aldridge.”
 
Al Jefferson is playing on the last year of his contract worth $15 million and Paul Millsap is on the last year of his contract making about half of that.  Millsap, in particular, will be the player whose asking price will increase at the end of this season.  So, the Jazz would probably be smart in moving his contract before Jefferson’s, unless they want to lose him for absolutely nothing. 
 
NBA teams were officially allowed to trade with other teams as of December 15th, which will continue all the way up until the trading deadline on February 21st.
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