Wednesday, February 23, 2011
What's next for the Utah Jazz?
By Chad Ford
The Utah Jazz shocked the NBA on Wednesday by sending Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and a couple of first-round draft picks.
The move means the Jazz are essentially rebooting midseason. Are they done dealing?
While the Jazz don't want to dismantle the entire team, they are listening for offers for everyone, according to a Jazz source.
That should be music to the ears of a number of teams. Today I've spoken with several GMs who put in calls to the Jazz within minutes of hearing about the Williams trade.
Who are they after? In particular, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko are coveted.
The Jazz won't just give either player away. They don't think Derrick Favors is ready to play heavy minutes at the 4, and they want to bring him along slowly. They also want to give new coach Tyrone Corbin a team he can compete with. But if the Jazz can get back players and cap savings, they might be willing to deal.
The Jazz have a payroll of $75.2 million, putting them roughly $4.9 million over the luxury tax line this season. So if they can make trades that get them under the $70.3 million tax threshold, that would be a big incentive. In terms of what else they want in return, the Jazz are looking for a dynamic 2-guard and additional help up front.
While it's "unlikely," according to a Jazz source, that Utah makes a big trade involving Millsap and/or Kirilenko, there are other, smaller moves possible as well. For instance, sources say the team has interest in Memphis big man Hasheem Thabeet.