The 2012 NBA trade deadline is drawing ever closer and a blockbuster deal has already been made.
With Monta Ellis joining the Milwaukee Bucks, it seems the window for the Utah Jazz to somehow steal away the Golden State guard has closed. But can the Jazz maybe still pull off a blockbuster NBA deal? It's still possible.
Utah's general manager Kevin O'Connor told the Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that he and numerous others within the organization are still "working the phones" and being "aggressive" in their talks. As of now, the most likely players to be moved would be Devin Harris, Al Jefferson and Raja Bell.
With the Jazz's crowded frontcourt, the Jazz are most likely to pull off a bigger deal for perhaps a better point guard or two guard. As of now, Harris is not getting it done at the point and doesn't seem a good fit for the Jazz offense.
Jazz fans all year have been calling for something to be done with Harris and possibly even C.J. Miles. As mentioned earlier, Jefferson is also a potential candidate and the most likely big man to be moved. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter would then have more room to develop and the Jazz wouldn't have to deal fan favorite Paul Millsap.
A possible trade I've always considered and that could be good for both teams is a trade between Philadelphia and Utah. Utah would receive Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers would bring back one of of the most underrated post men in the game: Big Al Jefferson.
Jefferson is a consistent scoring threat and would really boost Philly's down-low presence as they near the playoffs. If they plan on competing with the likes of Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard in the playoffs, an aging Elton Brand and an often-injured Spencer Hawes isn't going to do it. As much as they love Iguodala, they still need something more in Philly.
Utah is sorely in need of a good, scoring option on the wing. They also need a boost of athleticism. A.I. is perfect for that role in Utah. Should Utah and Philly make this trade? Yes. Will they? Most likely not. But it makes sense for both teams.
But in other news, the latest rumor, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoops World, is a potential three-team deal going down between Utah, Minnesota and San Antonio. The deal would have the Spurs acquiring Josh Howard, Minnesota receiving Miles and Jamaal Tinsley and Utah taking on Danny Green and Wayne Ellington.