The Jazz are in a difficult situation. Free agents are signing left and right with their new squads, and aside from trading from Ricky Rubio and re-signing Joe Ingles, the Jazz have been fairly quiet.
This has left Jazz nation asking if Dennis Lindsey will make another move, or if the roster will stay where it’s at until the start of the season. I highly doubt he won’t make some kind of move, even if it’s just to add depth. But, looking at who is still available, it’s hard to see DL being able to bring in a solid starter at this point.
Something I have thought about is the possibility of a trade. Considering the free agent market is not looking so good, I would bet DL is looking to make a trade rather than a free agent signing.
Here are some possible trades I like.
Derrick Favors & Alec Burks for Nicolas Batum
This would most likely involve us sending a future draft pick or two as well, but I love Batum and his length. He has been very solid for the Hornets and would be a nice replacement for Hayward. Batum averaged 15 PPG this last season, and would be able to contribute on the defensive and offensive end for the Jazz.
Derrick Favors for Maurice Harkless
Harkless is coming off the best year of his career, where he averaged 10 PPG and 4 RPG with the Blazers. I like his size – 6″8 with a 7″ wingspan. I know he’s nothing close to Hayward, but he’s still fairly young (24 years old) and can be a solid rotation player. Might not be the long term answer for the Jazz, but he helps fill a large void.
Derrick Favors, Boris Diaw, and future 2nd round draft pick for TJ Warren and Tyson Chandler
This trade works out great for the Jazz because they get a talented, scoring wing player with Warren, then a solid backup center for Gobert. Favors still has good years ahead of him, but currently the need is SF. Diaw’s expiring contract is what makes him attractive for the Suns.
Derrick Favors and Dante Exum for Tobias Harris
I was hesitant to throw Exum in this trade, but I’m a big fan of Harris. He’s been in the league for 6 years, but most recently has played his last two years with the Pistons where he averaged just over 16 PPG. Harris has great scoring ability, and can play either SF or PF, which would be very valuable for the Jazz currently.
Derrick Favors and Dante Exum for Evan Fournier
Fournier has developed into a nice player for the Magic, where he has increased his scoring average each year since entering the league by almost 3 points. He had his best year last year where he averaged 17.2 PPG. His 3FG% did drop to 35%, which is about league average, but normally shoots between 37-40% from downtown. He is listed at 6″7, and can play either SG or SF. His scoring ability and versatility would be a great fit for the Jazz.
If for some reason DL doesn’t pull off a trade, there are also still a couple of guys in free agency that I like for the Jazz:
PF – Jamychal Green
SF – Jonathan Simmons
SF – Wilson Chandler
The Jazz will need to make a decision on Boris Diaw’s team option by July 15th, so I would imagine if a move gets made it will probably be before then.
Will DL roll the dice? Or will he wait it out and see if something opens up next year? At this point it’s hard to say, but I would be surprised if we went into the season with Joe Ingles as our only SF.
– Jesse Thayne