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Utah Jazz Roster: Added up all our assets -- can we make a move?


The Utah Jazz went from having a lot of everything to having a bare cupboard. Well, that's not entirely true, right now we have nearly unequaled cap space and 'flexibility'. We can't really make trades though. Not at this part of the season leading up to the draft for sure. Around free agency and the new sign and trade rules that I haven't had a chance to read about yet? Maybe. But from what I know -- it's unlikely that our Utah Jazz are going to move up before the draft, or move down in the draft.

Of course, the team has made moves before the draft in previous seasons (like how the team traded a bunch of junk to get D-Will), and during the draft as well (we made draft night trades to get *both* Curtis Borchardt and Kyrylo Fesenko). Do we have the parts to make a move this year? Well, let's take a look at our inventory.



Players on contract / Player rights:

2005 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #2 Marvin Williams Trade
2008 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick #44 Ante Tomic Draft
2008 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick #51 Shan Foster Trade
2010 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #3 Derrick Favors Trade
2010 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #9 Gordon Hayward Draft
2010 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick #55 Jeremy Evans Draft
2011 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #3 Enes Kanter Draft
2011 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #12 Alec Burks Draft
2012 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick #47 Kevin Murphy Draft

That's 9 guys only, and 2 of them may never ever make it to the NBA. I'm assuming that Marvin will come to his senses after talking to his parents and his agent about it. After all, it's hard to say no to $7+ million on the table. So I'm including him here and expecting him to opt in. This would be a perfect time for Tomic to come over, in terms of what would be perfect for the Jazz. But he's got another 2 years on his contract in Europe. Foster is making music now, so there's that.

Effectively the only guys we have who we could 'dangle' at other teams are the C4 -- because no one really cares about Murph, or has seen evidence that Evans isn't just a one trick pony. So in terms of assets that other teams would want, it's a group of young guys who we may not wish to part with. For the record the OKC method seems to involve trading your assets when their value is at their highest as they got rid of Jeff Green and James Harden at the right times. If we could get a starter or 6th man from trading one of the C4, we should look at that.



Draft picks:

Okay . . . well . . .

2013 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #14* Utah Jazz
2013 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick #21 Golden State Warriors Deron Williams Trade
2013 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick #46 Utah Jazz
2014 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick TBD Utah Jazz
2014 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick TBD Utah Jazz
2015 NBA Draft 1st Round Pick TBD Utah Jazz
2015 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick TBD Utah Jazz
2015 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick TBD Brooklyn Nets Mehmet Okur Trade

We have 4 1st rounders and 4 second rounders in the next three drafts. So that must be nice, right? Well, our picks are trending towards the doldrums picks, so I don't know how valuable they are. Our #14 up there is a lotto pick though, so we have a slim chance of getting a #3 pick with that, but don't hold your breath.



Cap Space:

We have cap space, so I guess we could trade our picks and something to TAKE ON a bad contract, so that option exists. We could also sign a 2012 FA before the draft and be able to trade them. (Kind of like how you can sign 2012 Free Agents now and add them to your playoff roster) But I don't see our team trying to do that. And it's not like we'd find a taker for Blake Ahearn, even if he is Stake All-Star.



Putting it all together:

The Jazz could make a pre-draft trade in a number of ways. They could package one of the C4, with one or more of our 6 picks (we can't trade picks of the same round in consecutive drafts), maybe the rights to Tomic, and in a pinch, signing someone NOW from the 2012 FA class and add them as well.

It's not as robust an option when compared to the bounty of assets we had before the trade deadline when we had valuable veterans on their last few months of their contracts. But hey, we can't expect to do the right thing. We're not the San Antonio Spurs or anything like that . . .