I just finished reading an interesting article by BleacherReport explaining why both the Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics would benefit from a trade of Paul Milsap, Devin Harris, and Raja Bell for Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. For a while, I was extremely hesitant about the Jazz trading my favorite player, Milsap; while the black hole, Al Jefferson, stayed in Utah. However, with Jefferson seemingly defending/passing better and Milsap playing under our expectations for him, this trade idea is starting to grow on me a lot. The article explains much better than I can why this trade makes sense, but for those who don't wish to read the whole article, here is a summary:
Why it benefits the Jazz
Rondo averages nearly 10 assists per game and is one of the league's best passing PGs. He is a perfect compliment for Utah's offense and will help the Jazz's developing, younger players get quality shots. Rondo also is an above-average defender at the PG spot and will limit opponents PG's from lighting it up against the Jazz.
Ray Allen is one of the league's best 3 point shooters which is an area that the Jazz desperately need improvement in. He will allow Utah to effectively run an inside-out offense giving the big men a quality shooter to pass to when they are double-teamed.
Finally, this trade gives the Jazz the opportunity to develop our 2 #3 draft picks, Favors and Kanter. Frankly, a combined 35 minutes per game is not enough for these players to reach their potential. Watching the rookie-sophomore game without Favors and Kanter will be painful knowing they each could have made the team had they been giving the sufficient minutes and opportunity on the Jazz.
Why it benefits the Celtics
Paul Milsap was a near all-star this year and a potential all-star for years to come. He will provide the Celtics with offense and energy that they are currently lacking.