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JuMu's Juju: Who should the Jazz target in a Harden-like deal?


Days prior to the 2012-2013 NBA season, the Thunder traded James Harden, a top 10 player in the league in my opinion, to the Rockets. Many Jazz fans have speculated that what the team needs more than anything else is a star player (as well as a competent coaching staff). Let's look at what the team will need to do to reproduce the Harden trade scenario.

The James Harden Trade:

The Thunder had offered a 4-year deal at $14 Million per year, but Harden stated that he wanted the max (which would have just been $15 Million per year). I still think it is foolish for the team and player to split up over less than a 10% difference in salary expectations. Anyways, the Thunder and Harden could not come to an agreement so they decided it was best to look for a favorable trade where Harden could get paid and the Thunder could get a decent haul of talent/assets in return.

The Thunder traded James Harden: top 10 player paid $15 Million per year for multiple years, Lazar Hayward: scrub paid $1 Million per year for one year, Daequan Cook: scrub paid $3.5 Million per year for one year, Cole Aldrich: draft bust paid $2.5 Million per year for one year.

The Rockets traded Kevin Martin:decent 3rd option paid $12 Million per year for one year, Jeremy Lamb: 12th pick of the draft that year, Toronto's future first rounder (became 12th pick Steven Adams), Dallas' future first rounder (became 21st pick this year), and a 2nd rounder.

I still think the Rockets got the better end of the deal here and I'm definitely on board with the Jazz trying to reciprocate this type of trade this summer or next summer.

What top 20 player should the Jazz trade for?

I did some digging around and I have been doing some personal rankings of the top 100 NBA players for a while now. Here is who makes my top 20:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Anthony Davis
  4. Chris Paul
  5. Kevin Love
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. Paul George
  8. LaMarcus Aldridge
  9. Russell Westbrook
  10. James Harden
  11. Dwyane Wade
  12. Blake Griffin
  13. Damian Lillard
  14. Dwight Howard
  15. John Wall
  16. Tony Parker
  17. Carmelo Anthony
  18. Kyrie Irving
  19. Brook Lopez
  20. Kyle Lowry

I understand my rankings are probably inherently biased, and there may be snubs many of you would put up there. If you want to know my full top 100, I can put my list in the comments for cheerful debate. Anyways, point of the story, which of these players would be worth making a Harden-like trade for. I will be analyzing the details of whether trading for the player would be worth it (considering they stay with the Jazz for at least 3 seasons), whether we have enough assets to trade for the player, and whether the current team they play on would ever consider trading them. Alrighty, here we go!


1. Lebron James

Worth trading for: Absolutely

Enough assets to trade for: Probably not

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, 5th pick, GS future pick,Jazz future pick, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter. Classic case of selling the farm.

2. Kevin Durant

Worth trading for: Absolutely

Enough assets to trade for: Probably not

Chance that current team considers trading: None

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, 5th pick, GS future pick,Jazz future pick, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter. Same as above

3. Anthony Davis

Worth trading for: Highly likely

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: None

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, GS future pick.

4. Chris Paul

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, GS future pick.

5. Kevin Love

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: High

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, GS future pick, cash.

6. Stephen Curry

Worth trading for: High

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, 5th pick.

7. Paul George

Worth trading for: High

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, 5th pick, 23rd pick, GS pick, future Jazz pick.

8. LaMarcus Aldridge

Worth trading for: High

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, Future Jazz pick, Future GS pick.

9. Russell Westbrook

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, 5th pick.

10. James Harden

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Low

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, Future Jazz pick, Future GS pick.

11. Dwyane Wade

Worth trading for: Low

Enough assets to trade for: Most likely

Chance that current team considers trading: Low

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, 5th pick.

12. Blake Griffin

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Very Slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, future Jazz pick, future GS pick.

13. Damian Lillard

Worth trading for: High

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Very Slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick.

14. Dwight Howard

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Low

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, Future GS pick, Future Jazz pick.

15. John Wall

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim.

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, 5th pick, 23rd pick, future GS pick.

16. Tony Parker

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, future GS pick.

17. Carmelo Anthony

Worth trading for: Low

Enough assets to trade for: Debatable

Chance that current team considers trading: Moderate

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick.

18. Kyrie Irving

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably not

Chance that current team considers trading: Very slim

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick.

19. Brook Lopez

Worth trading for: Moderate

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Moderate

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick.

20. Kyle Lowry

Worth trading for: Low

Enough assets to trade for: Probably

Chance that current team considers trading: Moderate

What it may take to even have a chance of trading for him: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, 5th pick.

Conclusion:

The NBA has always been a seller's market for those with superstars. There are many reasons for this, such as lack of supply with a high demand, or the fact that teams tend to not get fair value for their superstars since the NBA is a sport that is highly dependent on which team has the singular best player.

Out of players that I would rank as top 20 in the NBA as of this season, the only ones that I think that we have a decent chance of trading for are: Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, and Kyle Lowry. The players out of that group who I think would be best for our team without selling the farm would be Lopez or Lowry. If we could get either one of them for 1 or 2 of our top assets (Favors, Burks, 5th pick, 23rd pick, Kanter), I say the Jazz should pull the trigger. For the other top tier players, I'm not so sure that it's worth to give up 3 or 4 of the Jazz's top assets for them. Also to consider, how of these players would consider staying in Utah for their future contracts?

We have a decent young core, time to see what they can do in a cohesive system, and if none of them break out in stardom, we may just look for our Harden-like trade in the future.

Who do you think we should trade for? Discuss profusely in the comments!

Until next week, this was JuMu's Juju

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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