NBA Trade Rumors: Should the Utah Jazz Trade Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson?

Andrew WallockContributor IMarch 14, 2012

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Rumors continue to run rampant all over the web and ESPN this morning concerning potential trades that may go down throughout the league. But nothing has really come to be yet, besides the Monta Elllis for Andrew Bogut trade.

Hopefully, we won't be disappointed and a few more blockbuster trades will go down.

The Utah Jazz have long been rumored to be a part of many of the potential deals that could go down, and they have been linked to the likes of Monta Ellis, Rajon Rondo and other teams looking to make deals. But unfortunately most of that talk has been just 

As of now, the most likely trade candidates are CJ Miles, Devin Harris, Raja Bell and one of the Jazz' big men. The Jazz have a log jam up front with the likes of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Jefferson and Paul Millsap all seeking minutes down low. But which big man is most likely to get traded?

At the beginning of this year, Paul Millsap was the talk of most trade scenarios—this has recently shifted to Al Jefferson. But would the Jazz be smart to pull off such a deal? Can Salt Lake City afford to part with its star player? 

Al Jefferson is one of the most underrated big men in the league and has yet to play for a serious contending team. It seems to be bad luck on his part. He is an effective and very consistent scorer down low and is quietly putting together a very effective season for the Jazz. He's posting close to 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, while staying relatively injury free. The Jazz would be absolutely insane to trade him for anything other than a star player in return.

On the other hand, Paul Millsap has broken out since Carlos Boozer took off for greener pastures in Chicago. He has been having a border-line All-Star season this year, as well as last year, with averages of 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. He also doesn't have an insanely ridiculous contract, and many teams would love to have him on their team. He has proven to be a hard worker and low-key type player, which is something sorely lacking in today's league. 

There is no need to question whether the Jazz would trade Favors or Kanter. Those two are the future, and the Jazz would be shooting themselves in the foot if they pulled off such a trade. Kevin O'Connor gave up Deron Williams to bring in Derrick Favors. Both players are here to stay for the long-run.

So what do you think Jazz fans? Who would you rather the Jazz trade? Millsap or Jefferson? Or neither? And what would you like to see them receive in return? Sound off in the comments Jazz fans and let's debate this out.