Utah Jazz 2012 Trade Series: Targets of Opportunity (Part 4)


Oct 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 88-71. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Point Guard Chris Paul 6ft 0in – LA Clippers – The Jazz had an opportunity to take Chris Paul in the 2005 draft. Though Deron Williams was a great fit for the Utah Jazz, that is until the events that lead up to Jerry Sloan’s mid-season retirement. Regardless of the past Chris Paul would make a brilliant addition to the Utah Jazz. It isn’t a secret that Chris Paul isn’t thrilled to be a Clipper, but after going out of their way to acquire Paul the Clippers aren’t just going to give him away. Why would the Clippers give up top end talent like Paul. If Paul goes down with an injury at the beginning of the season, the Clippers will struggle to win games. Paul only has one year left on his contract, the Clippers would rather trade him, than get nothing for him. His trade value – A, value as a player for the Clippers – A, likely hood of being traded – C


Oct 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket as Miami Heat power forward Rashard Lewis (9) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Point Guard Rajon Rondo 6ft 1in – Boston Celtics –  Rondo is exactly what the Utah Jazz needs to make a serious run in the playoffs. This classic style point guard can steal, assist, and occasion calls for it shoot. His experience with a top tier team and playoff experience is invaluable. The question is then, why would the Celtics ever trade away such a high end point guard? The Celtics have to compete with a powerful combination of teams, Miami, Chicago, and Brooklyn. If the Celtics struggle during the first half of the season there is a real chance that the Celtics would look for an infusion of young talent to boost the team back into contention. Though the Jazz may not have the exact prescription for the Celtics, but a combination trade with another team has real potential. His three year $11,000,000.00 contract would be easy for the Jazz to handle in a trade situation. His trade value – A, value as a player for the Celtics – A, likely hood of being traded – D


Oct 26, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives the lane against the Washington Wizards during the first half at the AT

Point Guard Tony Parker 6ft 2in – San Antonio Spurs – The 30 year old Parker has tremendous experience and talent. He would be able to lead the Utah Jazz into the playoffs. The Utah Jazz fans have no love for the Spurs, but Tony Parker is one of those players’ people love and hate. Putting the past behind them, the Utah Jazz would love to have Parker at the point. Why would the Spurs trade away one of their premier players? The Spurs are getting old even if they don’t want to admit it, and injuries are becoming more frequent and taking longer to recover from. This year they will be lucky to escape the Lakers and Oklahoma even after the Harden trade. A trade infusing the Spurs with new talent is exactly what they need to get off life support. His three year $12,500,00.00 contract will be worth the wins. His trade value – A, value as a player for the Spurs – A, likely hood of being traded – C


July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) heads down court in the second half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Thomas

Point Guard Jimmer Fredette 6ft 2in – Sacramento Kings – The Utah Jazz fans were disappointed when fan favorite Fredette was taken just two spots before the Jazz pick. The Kings owner may have been in love with the thought of the tremendously talented Fredette at one time, but now it seems clear that his abilities are being wasted on the bench. Why would the Kings trade him? The real question is why wouldn’t the Kings trade him. His three year $2,339,040.00 would be easy for the Jazz to work with. His trade value – B, value as a player for the Kings – D, likely hood of being traded – B