NBA Trade Deadline 2012: The One Trade the Utah Jazz Must Make

Bryant T. JordanAnalyst IMarch 9, 2012

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JAZZ TRADE: Al Jefferson and Raja Bell

76ers Trade: Evan Turner, Andres Nocioni, Craig Brackins, Tony Battie and 2012 No. 1 Pick


The Utah Jazz have one too many big men on their roster, period.

The Jazz are not on pace to make the playoffs this season and may even start tanking games towards the end of the year to make sure they miss the playoffs so they do not lose their first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which will happen if they make the playoffs.

The Jazz also have invested a lot in young bigs Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. They also have the superb Al Jefferson manning the pivot, as well as talented young big Jeremy Evans.

Al Jefferson is much too good to sit on the bench, but Favors and Kanter are much too important to Utah's future to leave on the bench. Therefore, Jefferson is the odd man out and the one who should be traded.

The Jazz are also just one quality shooting guard away from becoming a perennial playoff team. Evan Turner would be the perfect young, multi-skilled shooting guard to get the job done. Turner is an extremely unselfish, well-coached and professional second-year guard out of Ohio State, where he was named NCAA Player of the Year just two seasons ago.

I believe Evan Turner would be a great complement to small forward Gordon Hayward, as well as a willing post-feeder to Millsap, Favors, Kanter and all of Utah's big men.

I believe this is a trade that should be proposed, and which both teams would agree to, so much s,o in fact, that this is one of only two trades proposed in this article that I have decided to repeat in this "30 trades for 30 teams" article.

This trade is a repeat of Slide 11, which is described in detail from the perspective of the Philadelphia 76ers.