Here's a review of recent trades where a team acquired a marquee player via a collection of assets:
New York received Melo for a potential star (Gallo) a potential solid starter (Chandler) and a potential rotation center (Mozgov) and some change.
New Jersey received DWill with a starting PG (Harris), a potential star (Favors) and 2 picks.
Clippers received CP3 for a possible future star (Gordon), a solid center (Kaman), a young talent (Aminu) and a pick
Portland received Gerald Wallace for picks and the contract of Pryz.
There are more, but the gist is this: young talent + picks = the ability to trade for marquee players. Obviously there are extenuating circumstances in every case (i.e. Melo demanded NY) but the basic formula works- and the Jazz have a nice collection of such assets. Here's an exhaustive list of assets we have that aren't un-tradeable (like Favors and Hayward.)
Tier 1 assets: Burks, Kanter, GSW pick, possibly our own lotto pick, Millsap (also will be expiring)
Tier 2 assets: Memo exception, Big Al (also will be expiring), Devin Harris
Tier 3 assets: Bell expiring contract (salary fodder)
Other: Ante Tomic, 2nd round pick(s)
Here's a couple of possible trades where we could flip our assets. Note, I am not necessarily advocating any of these, or saying they are even possible. They are only examples of what types of deals are possible.
- Kanter, Burks, GSW pick for Rajon Rondo.
- Kanter, Burks, GSW pick for Eric Gordon
- Kanter, Burks, GSW pick for James Harden
- Kanter, Harris, GSW pick, swallow Biedrins for Stephen Curry
- Burks, 2 picks for Tyreke Evans
- Burks,Harris, swallow bad contract for Brandon Jennings
- Millsap, swallow Harrington, GSW pick for Danilo Gallinari
- Al Jefferson, GSW pick, future 1st for Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola's bad contract.
Question now, is this: should we pursue this? In other words- are we sure we're trading in quarters and not future dollars?
Are we certain that Burks won't be better than, say, Gordon or Evans?
How good can Kanter be? You don't lightly trade away guys that big and talented.
Who will be available when (or if) the GSW pick rolls around?
So should the Jazz start flipping assets? Or is it too early to tell?