*** Ok, last one. Looks like this one was offseason 2011 also? Not much of a read and probably not worth publishing, but I thought hamfist and thatdoolinkid might get a kick out of the line "I am very opposed to giving up assets for less than optimal value". Probably explains why I wasn't completely satisfied about that GSW salary dump. ***
I keep hearing talk in comments about how a championship team has to have an All-NBA caliber player. I'm not sure it's true, but if it is, we need to start talking about Miami. Why? They have 3 All-NBA caliber players. Anyone who wants to can talk smack about Chris Bosh, but he's that good. He didn't look like it as much this year because he didn't get the ball that much and he deferred to the other 2 too much, but he's still capable of lighting it up on any given night.
So let's look at the "Big 3" in Miami. Looking at HoopsHype salaries, all 3 are locked up for the next 3 years, with player options for the 4th & 5th. That means that barring injuries and a hard salary cap with no grandfathering in the next CBA, 2014/15 is likely going to be the first opportunity for the Jazz to win the championship.
Why does this matter? If the Jazz's goal is to win a championship and nothing less is considered a success, then everything has to be aimed towards having a team that can win in 2014/15.
Clarkpojo, Yucca Man, and others have talked about getting rid of the vets to try to get higher draft picks and more playing time for the younger guys. I'm not entirely opposed to the idea. However, I am very opposed to giving up assets for less than optimal value. I still maintain that a large part of why the Jazz ended up losing D Will was because of the Derek Fisher shenanigans and giving him up for nothing to a direct conference rival.