I think trades can be a positive, even galvanizing, force for some teams. We all know about the theory of addition by subtraction -- an example of this would be how the Jazz removed Gordan Giricek for Kyle Korver, and that turned out great for us, even if Korver didn't thrive here. He did though, so perhaps that's a one-sided trade. Let's think of another one, uh, where the Utah Jazz got Jeff Hornacek for Jeff Malone. Oh. That's also kind of one sided, as Horny was a big part of our finals teams, while Malone went on to play in just 71 games over the next three seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Hey, both of those fantastic trades (for the Jazz) happened to be with the Sixers. Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor does have great ties with that group (of course, he wasn't around when we got Horny, though). It seems easier to trade to another conference in most cases as well. Let's take a look at this proposed trade from our sister blog Liberty Ballers:
Jrue Holiday - $1.7M (in '12), $2.7M (in '13), Qualifying offer in '14
2012 First Round Pick
Derrick Favors - $4.4M (in '12), $4.8M (in '13), $6M (team option in '14), Qualifying offer in '15
2012 First Round Pick (from Jazz)
Of course there's more to it than just that, but for the rest of that idea check out Liberty Ballers. I don't usually get into trade talk because I think there are too many factors involved. Factors that I can't really understand or quantify. (I'm more than anything else a numbers guy). As for this particular trade I'm not in Favor of it. I've seen our team struggle for many of our years because of a lack of interior defensive strength and length. Favors is both. Jrue is a great player, and if the Jazz were going for "Win now" I think they take a look at it. Also, the Jazz would be giving up their draft pick -- but if we make the playoffs this year it's already going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, so they'd have to settle for the 2013 first rounder. Of course, if we don't make the playoffs after going for a "win now" situation then they'd get our pick too.
For the Sixers.
Of course, our own SLC Dunk member bradc121 came up with an alternative:
Jazz get: Evan Turner (3 years remaining on rookie deal), Andres Nocioni (2 years left, both Team Options so he's expiring for all the Jazz' (logical) intents and purposes) it'd be nice to get a first rounder in this deal too, but I'd take it without a pick if I had to.
I think this is kind of unreasonable, especially seeing how this really forces the Jazz into a 'rebuilding mode' that our front office is very hesitant to even hint at. (Dood, really guise, we r contenderz!) I think the good guys and gals at Liberty Ballers also balk on that trade.
Trades are tough . . . but they do happen. I just don't know how likely either of these two are. But it wouldn't surprise me to see the Jazz and Sixers swap parts again, they seem to end up doing it every few years. #MarriageAllegory