A third often discussed player in trade ideas is Al Jefferson, the 6'10" center for the Utah Jazz. Jefferson is in the final year of his contract, and Utah has other skilled big men who are looking for playing time.
Danilo Gallinari, the small forward for the Denver Nuggets, has struggled so far this season and has shot only 40.3 percent from the field. While he has not come up in trade rumors, his large contract, struggles and the depth of the Nuggets roster make him very moveable.
If this trade occurred, the Indiana Pacers would benefit from the offensive and defensive play of Al Jefferson, who could be moved to replace David West at power forward, while also using the versatility and scoring touch of Gallinari. The fact that Jefferson also has a large expiring contract would allow them the decision of either paying him or opting for a lot of cap space.
The Nuggets would also benefit from being rid of the inconsistent play of Gallinari, while also freeing up minutes for Corey Brewer and Jordan Hamilton, who each have comparable PERs with Danilo. The move would also give them significant depth at power forward while giving them a chance to play Kenneth Faried at small forward.
Finally, the trade would allow Utah to free up minutes for Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, something that should be done given each player's potential. The Jazz would also benefit from more depth at small forward, yet have enough depth to sustain the absence of Danny Granger for much of the season.
If needed, however, the Pacers could throw in a second-round draft choice to sweeten the deal for either Utah or Denver.