Ranking the Best Trade Options for Brandon Rush and the Utah Jazz

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Ranking the Best Trade Options for Brandon Rush and the Utah Jazz
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he was just acquired by the Jazz a couple months ago, Brandon Rush's name is already surfacing in trade rumors around the Internet.

Most were the offspring of an ESPN Insider piece (subscription required) by Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan in which the two discuss where Rush would fit best should the rebuilding Jazz choose to move him.

Doolittle went with the Bulls, while Elhassan thought he'd fit best with the Rockets.

Thing is, Houston doesn't really have anything they can offer Utah in a trade. Rush is on an expiring contract and is owed $4 million this year. The Rockets would have to bunch multiple reserves like Ronnie Brewer and Francisco Garcia together to equal Rush's salary and both their deals last beyond 2014.

Committing capital in that way doesn't make sense for Utah—especially when considering upcoming extension talks with Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.

If the Jazz do deal Rush, they're going to want value in return for a solid perimeter defender who is a 41 percent career three-point shooter. And value for a rebuilding team equates to expiring deals, draft picks and intriguing young talents.

Five teams can offer some combination of those things to Utah. Each one of these deals was run through ESPN's NBA Trade Machine to make sure they'd fly under current collective bargaining agreement rules. 


All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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