Brooke Lopez

The Trade:

The Jazz send Kanter and Biedrins to the Lakers; the Lakers send Gasol to the Nets; the Nets send Lopez and Anderson to the Jazz. The Jazz may need to give up a pick (maybe even one to each team) but it would definitely not be more than a lottery protected future 1st to the Lakers and a 2nd to the Nets.

Here is why I think it would work for each team.

  • This really hurts the Jazz now, Gobert & Evans (currently) are less than Kanter and who would back them up?; go "Sorry for Jabari"
  • This helps the Jazz next year, Lopez (All-star center, per of 25.7) is much better than Marvin or Kanter; go "Utah Jazz 2015 NBA Champions"
  • Lopez & Favors, should work better than Kanter & Favors (Favors prefers the 4)
  • Lopez's health questions make him less valuable than he could be but the Jazz are in a great position to take a gamble because many of their key players are on rookie deals. Burke and this draft pick don't need to be extended until after Lopez expires.
  • They trade an injured All-star for a uninjured All-star, who will help them with a playoff push.
  • They have paid a lot of money and assets to contend, and are in a "Win Now" mode, it's championship or bust.
  • The only trade-able assets they have are Pierce and Lopez
  • Biedrins helps the Lakers "Dantank for Dante"
  • Bierdens helps the Lakers maintain max-level cap space this summer
  • In Kanter, the Lakers get a young, inexpensive center with tremendous potential (especially on offense), but who is still learning to win
  • The Lakers gain money relief this season, much more than the 5.8 million difference because they are over the luxury cap

Here is some good background reading material:

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