There are a few teams that could be disappointed if they exit the playoffs early. OKC being a good example. While Russell Westbrook was out with an injury this year, Reggie Jackson played pretty well as a back up point guard and is similar in size. Would OKC consider trading Westbrook to try and pair a better play maker with KD? A number of national pundits have questioned Westbrook's shot selection, his in-ability to get KD the ball down the stretch and his lack of play making skills when it comes to setting up teammates. He is very talented though and Westbrook is only 25 years old, he turns 26 in November. He is making 14.6 million this year and has 3 years left on his deal and he averaged 21.8 pts, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rbs and had a PER of 24.74. OKC would probably want a team to take Kendrick Perkins off their hands in return. Perkins is making 8.7 million and I believe he has one more year on his deal.
Utah is under the salary cap, and could absorb Perkins salaryl for one more year before having to extend either Alec Burks or Enes Kanter, if they weren't used in the trade. Utah probably has the assets to make a deal work if they wanted to make a trade especially if they moved up in the draft. Would a package of Gordon Hayward and draft picks get the deal done? Who would you consider giving up in such a deal? Trey Burke and Hayward? Hayward and Kanter? The Jazz could throw in a future pick or two as well if needed. Acquiring Westbrook would certainly have the Jazz back in contention for the playoffs in short order, fill the Jazz arena and get the Jazz more national TV games/exposure. Would you do it Jazz fans?
Other possibilities, If Utah drops to 5 or 6 in the lottery and Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, and Andrew Wiggins are all off the board, would the Jazz consider making a play for Barnes from Golden State or Ross from Toronto? Both players could play both SG and SF spots for the Jazz. Ross is 6 ft 6, was the 8th pick in 2012. He averaged 10.9 points, 42 percent from two, 39 percent from 3. Barnes was the 7th pick from 2012 and he averaged 9.5 points, 39 percent from 2 and 34 percent from 3 in a limited role off the bench after GS acquired Iggy thanks to the Jazz last year.
Ross so far is having a disappointing playoffs for Toronto and Barnes role at GS was reduced behind Iggy this year. Would the Jazz consider making a move for these type of wing players rather than getting younger through the draft? The potential for the Jazz making off season trades could be greatly increased if a number of higher seeds were suddenly bounced from the playoffs in the first round. Jazz fans should be rooting for upsets this year as it has the potential to make things even more interesting in the off-season.
I thought I would throw a few trade rumors out there early before the draft. If anyone has any other potential targets, I would like to hear about some other ideas.