Everyone is focusing on Jefferson, Biedrins, and Rush making 24 million dollars and not being worth it. Who really cares? Could the Jazz have used that cap space to gotten a game changer in free agency? No. There is a much more important question that needs to be asked though: Is there another deal out there where the Jazz could have brought back bad contracts, with players who won't be a threat to stealing minutes, and who expire after this season, while getting assets?
That is a tough question, and the crux of it is, the best part of the deal DL made with GS is that those contracts expire. For one, that means gobs of cap space next season to go after a difference maker, or gobs of cap space to 'be flexible' and acquire more assets. For two, the players who were brought in will in no way interfere with retaining the guys we want to keep, who will be up for contract extensions soon. And for three those bad contracts, even as atrocious as they are, might be assets at the trade deadline. Who knows how many teams are going to be looking to dive into the FA sweepstakes this offseason. But expiring contracts have value. I think for these three reasons it was the right deal.
Could DL have gotten more? I don't think so. Sure those picks might be in the mid 20s. And that isn't great. But what did DL really give up to get them? Kevin Murphy. That's the only 'asset' that was given up to get 5 or so picks. Look at what Philly gave up to get a top 5 protected pick from NO, a team that looks to be competing for the last playoff spot in the west so it isn't even a surefire lotto pick. It cost Philly a 23 year old all star PG. So the difference in say the 22nd pick and the 12th pick is an all star player (I know Philly got Noel too, so it still cost Philly half of an all star player, the Pelicans weren't doing that deal for a worse player than Jrue).
I know there is legit concern that Jefferson will steal minutes from Hayward/Burks. How much more scared would you be if DL brought in someone like Pau? For the money that Biedrins and Jefferson make, it is really hard to find worse NBA players. If Ty does play those guys ahead of anyone on a rookie deal he should be fired on the spot. No questions asked. But I think Ty finally gets it. And if he doesn't, he's gone and most people on this site will be happy with that. So in essence this trade could potentially lead to the firing of Corbin. Win win?
And finally there is an argument that this trade might have indirectly led to not retaining Millsap and DMC. There is probably a kernel of truth to that. But I honestly believe that both Sap and DMC were gone before this trade happened. And more importantly DL tried to retain both of them. Sap was reportedly approached on the first night of free agency, way before this deal was made. He supposedly turned down an offer. As sad as it is, he didn't want to come back to Utah. And if you ask me, that was pretty consistent with how his body language and demeanor was throughout the last half of the season. It sucks, but we will always have Miami. And go back and read all the things DMC said throughout the year. I think Ty lost him and as he put it, he was auditioning for 29 other teams. That also sucks, but if the reports are true and DL offered him the same money he took from ATL, that's all he could have done. Paying him more would have been a mistake. For as much as we all love and appreciate what DMC brings to a basketball court, his skillset is pretty limited, and you don't break the bank for those guys. You find them in the d-league and off of waivers. Overpaying for guys like DMC is a huge, huge mistake.
So let's all get over the fact that the team used up its vaunted flexibility by bringing in 24 million dollars of bad contracts. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THAT FLEXIBILITY WAS FOR. That number doesn't matter, because those guys don't factor in to being key components of the team anyways. Our real team is on rookie deals, that's why we can spend 24 million on 2 unprotected picks. That isn't a bad thing, no matter what Zach Lowe says. Feel free to tell me I am wrong. I welcome it. But you better back it up with what you would have wanted DL to do differently with that cap space. And no, we weren't getting Klay or Barnes from GS, that is unrealistic. And we weren't getting a 2014 pick from a team who is projected to be in the lottery. Zach Lowe didn't give me specifics on what would have been better for the Jazz, so you better if you want to trumpet his argument.
DL did good. Like amazingly good. Like didn't sacrifice a single thing and brought in unprotected draft picks.