December 15th, a date that lives in every NBA fans memory. Why? Because it is the first day that offseason free agent signings can be included in trades, which essentially makes trades easier to work out a little bit more likely. That is one week. So to prepare for the trade season, let's talk about some people that are available now and some rumored internet trades as well. I will be including trade proposals and funny comments from other slcdunk writers, since we discussed some of these trade scenarios already.
One of those writers/contributors is Peter J Novak (@Peter_J_Novak), who is easily the most prolific Jazz fan trade machinist. He is constantly thinking up hypothetical trade ideas for the Jazz, so if you aren't following him on twitter, you should. His timeline is chalk full of hypothetical trades and discussions on said trades.
Why the Cavs would trade Varejao:
By many accounts the Cleveland Cavaliers are gauging interest in their big man. In some ways, this makes a lot of sense, since Varejao is 30 and probably will be well past his prime when the Cavaliers get serious about competing in the future. If the Cavaliers could get younger or garner some assets that will help more down the road, trading the Brazilian might be the right move. With that said, there are few big men, if any, playing as well as Varejao in the league right now, so the Cavs are asking for quite a bit. I've heard from some writers that it is too much and really making a Varejao trade unlikely right now.
Why the Jazz would be interested in Varejao:
Varejao is a great big man, who is playing fantastic basketball right now. Even when he isn't playing this well, he is still considered one of the best defensive and rebounding big men. On top of that, he has a very favorable contract at about $27 million for the next 3 seasons. He is a much better defender than Al Jefferson, generally speaking and bigger and more cap friendly than Paul Millsap. He plays the center position primarily and could make a decent pairing with Derrick Favors if he prefers to play power forward.
"Honestly, that's a reasonable trade. Varejao's 2 years older, but has 2-3 more seasons left on his contract, while Al only has one. Al gives you better offense, but Varejao leads with defense and rebounding. Would clear more immediate cap space for the Cavs for summer of 2013, gives them Al Jefferson now. Don't know if it does that much for them in the future, you might have to include Burks or a 1st rounder for it.
For the Jazz this gives us a starting C for the future and a rotational player that doesn't take touches away from Al right now. A defensive frontcourt of Varejao/Favors could help us solidify our model Detroit Pistons franchise next year and beyond.
If they didn't want Burks we could perhaps entice them with the lower of our two first rounders which should be in the low teens. Or we could also take back a contract in return for expiring money. Adding Gee and his 3 years for Raja and his expiring contract keeps the deal math in order."