NBA Rumors: Latest on Utah Jazz, Josh Smith and Other Trade Deadline Buzz
Big men have started to dominate the latest NBA rumors, as Josh Smith, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Andrea Bargnani have been involved in the latest trade chatter.
In a roundup of the latest rumors, Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun breaks down the latest on these big men. Let's take a look at what's been going around on them and the potential ramifications.
Josh Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks?
By and large, the speculation surrounding Josh Smith has been discouraging for the Atlanta Hawks, with few enticing offers being made. The Milwaukee Bucks may have finally made an intriguing offer, according to Wolstat, with Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova being the main pieces.
This is a trade that could benefit both sides greatly. The Hawks could use a legitimate scoring guard after surrendering Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets. Jennings could fill a similar role as the team's volume scorer. He could also breakout surrounded by better teammates, as his volume scoring has resulted in Jennings shooting less than 40 percent for his career.
Ilyasova, meanwhile, would help replace Smith. The lengthy swingman is experiencing a career year, shooting 44 percent from deep while sporting a solid 17.28 player efficiency rating.
For the Bucks, Smith would be an upgrade over anything that they currently have. He would pair with Monta Ellis to give the team a solid scorer in both the front and the backcourt. Jennings and Ellis were too similar to work well together, but Smith and Ellis could form a dynamic duo.
Of all the trade rumors mentioned lately, I like this one the best. Both teams would benefit, and the players involved would probably thrive in their new locations.
Utah Jazz Struggling to Find Suitable Partners
The Jazz have a logjam in their frontcourt, with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors all vying for minutes. To free up the jam, the Jazz have looked into trading Jefferson or Millsap, but Wolstat postulates that the Jazz are still far from a deal.
Wolstat specifically mentions discussions regarding Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani, but he notes that the Jazz would not be interested in taking on his hefty contract.
This is a bizarre rumor, to say the least. Why would the Jazz trade one of their big men for an inferior player at the same position? They have too many people in their frontcourt as is, so adding another, less talented big would serve no purpose.
Both Millsap and Jefferson are weathering career lows in field-goal percentage, with Millsap hitting on 48.6 percent and Jefferson on 48.5 percent. Bargnani has never hit above 47 percent in his career.
Hopefully Wolstat is right that the Jazz aren't interested, as dealing one of their talented big men for Bargnani would be a historic blunder.
Bargnani to the Bulls Unlikely Because of Boozer
Alliteration aside, the Bulls are extremely interested in Bargnani, according to Wolstat. They would like to deal Carlos Boozer for the European big man, but the Raptors are resisting due to Boozer's massive contract.
Seriously, what is the deal with wanting to acquire Bargnani? His career-best numbers are nowhere near where Boozer's numbers are right now. The only thing that makes sense is that the Bulls want to get rid of Boozer's salary, but then why go for an overpriced, overrated center like Bargnani?
Bargnani could offer a decent flex center, and the Bulls could certainly use his prowess from long range. Still, the interest for Bargnani just doesn't make sense on the whole.
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