The immediate and distant future for the Utah Jazz is completely up in the air.
Injuries to key players Mo Williams and Gordon Hayward as well as the virtually unmovable ceiling of seventh or eighth in the West might lead some to think Utah should be focused on trading veterans for young assets and draft picks and forgetting about the playoffs this year.
Yet in true Utah Jazz form they continue to exceed expectations, winning nine of their last 13, including signature wins over Indiana and Miami. Couple Utah's success in the face of adversity with the Utah front office's ironclad commitment to producing a winning product, and it seems the near future should hold much higher priority to the Jazz than the distant future.
With some leg work, salary cap wizardry and willingness to take some risks, could Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey complete a trade that makes the Jazz better immediately and brightens their future?
As the trade deadline quickly approaches, the ESPN NBA Trade Machine is undoubtedly beginning to challenge the first day of the NCAA March Madness tournament as being the nation's biggest drain on corporate productivity. I giddily spent hours on the trade machine concocting the five best trades Utah could hope to pull off by February 21.