In the wake of the Deron Williams era: The Utah Jazz management has reached an acting point.
A deal by the trade deadline (February 21) will almost inevitably occur. They've hired Dennis Lindsey to operate the general manager position under longtime GM Kevin O'Connor. Lindsey has brought in his incorporation of advanced statistics to aid in the process of rebuilding this formerly-elite Jazz team.
The heralded situation in Utah is their inability to re-sign both of their foremost players—Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who are on expiring deals—for fear of incapacitating their glutton of cap space and ability to sign young stars Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors to long term agreements in the following seasons.
A subsidiary of the aforementioned problem is the rising performance of Jefferson and Millsap's backups Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
The potential of Favors and Kanter alone could instigate a deal. Throwing fuel to the fire in the form of cap space oppression and ability to re-sign promising young players, it becomes glaringly apparent that a trade will be made. If not by the deadline, then before Millsap and Jefferson's contracts expire on July 1.
Following are five ideal trades for the Utah Jazz—with the upcoming NBA trade deadline in mind.