We're rebuilding. We need a team that can bond and develop, just like OKC did three years ago. Players that aren't part of the plan for the future need to be moved, a team can't be half rebuilding, half 'contending.'
The Jazz are a PG-centric team, and one of the best young and (potentially) available PG's in Rajon Rondo. His superior play making would help our growing big men get easy buckets. His tenacious defence would limit the excessive drives we've been giving up this season.
So here's a potential trade on the ESPN trade machine:http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=crkk9ck
Harris & Big Al for Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Wilcox. The terms of the trade could be adjusted to incorporate a 3rd team, but O'Neal and Wilcox are both big expiring contracts, which fits into our plans of clearing space to resign our young guns in the future.
To me, this seems a great trade. I like Big Al and Devin. But we aren't winning the playoffs with them and our current roster. Rondo is on a long term contract at reasonable money, and could be the young leader our team needs. So again, as a Jazz fan, I like this trade. You'd think Celtics fans would hate it? Well, from what I've seen, many fans expect Rondo to be moved sometime soon - they don't see him in their future.
This little yahoo answers post contains a few Boston fans discussing a similar trade: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111130215739AAzYAtR
They actually think it's the Jazz who wouldn't want to make the deal! I don't know about you guys, but if I was KOC I'd jump at a deal like this. A pass-first, defensive minded PG like Rondo would be an amazing fit for the Jazz, and IMO would more than make up for the offense we'd lose from Big Al. Plus Rondo is a quiet, mature guy who seemingly wouldn't mind playing in Utah.
Thoughts? Any chance of this ever happening?