Ok, this Al Jefferson trade rumor seems legit.
Al Jefferson was recently offered to the Indiana Pacers for forward Danny Granger, and was shot down immediately.
What does this mean?
David Kahn has made many remarks stating that he has not made any trade calls regarding the core roster, which includes Al Jefferson, and just a few days ago, there were trade rumors regarding Al Jefferson.
The rumor also states that there is jealousy issues going on between Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. Why?
You should consider the fact that Kevin Love is only 21 years of age, and is averaging 15 PPG and 12 RPG, and is arguably superior in talent in comparison to Al Jefferson.
Kevin Love has been considered for Team USA, has been featured in SLAM magazine, has had numerous interviews during the off season, and is a fan favorite in the Target Center. He plays average defense, outlets the ball, and is humble and incredibly charismatic.
It's probably because Al Jefferson has been led to believe that he's a superstar, and while he is an All-Star offensively and is possibly the best low post scorer in the league, Kevin Love has been getting more credit from the media and from Wolves fans.
It could also have something to do with Kahn getting rid of all of McHale-esque players, and the fact that the Wolves have a history of lopsided trades. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Brandon Roy were all practically given away.
If you're in a rebuilding phase, and you have two players at virtually the same height, the same weight, and the younger player has shown the flash to be virtually superior and is willing to play for lesser money, wouldn't you go that way?
It has nothing to do with Love and Jefferson's chemistry or their ability to play together, but rather the fact that Love is going to be better than Al Jefferson, and that he's getting the credit.
With that being said, what can the Wolves get for Jefferson?
The Wolves obviously need a wing player. Why else would they try to get Danny Granger? Let's look at the starting/strong backup wing and big men of the lottery teams.
Nets: Chris Douglas Roberts, Courtney Lee, Brook Lopez
76ers: Andre Igoudala, Thaddeus Young, Samuel Dalembert
- Pacers: Luther Head, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Troy Murphy
Warriors: Stephen Curry, Corey Maggette, Kelenna Azubuike, Andreis Biedrins
Wizards: Caron Butler, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Nick Young, Javale McGee
Pistons: Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Jonas Jerebko
Jazz: Ronnie Brewer, CJ Miles, Wesley Matthews, Mehmet Okur
Bucks: Michael Redd, Ersan Illyasova, Andrew Bogut
Bulls: Luol Deng, John Salmons, Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah
Bobcats: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler
Clippers: Eric Gordon, Al Thornton, Marcus Camby, Blake Griffin
Kings: Tyreke Evans, Kevin Martin, Omri Casspi, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes
Hornets: Devin Brown, Peja Stojakavic, Emeka Okafor
Anyone on that list that interest the Wolves? How about Gerald Wallace or Javale McGee with their first round pick?
I doubt that the Wolves would trade away Al Jefferson for garbage, as David Kahn has shown an ability to work trades getting more than the Wolves have lost.
Let's look at some top tier wings/big men from top tier teams:
- Celtics: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis
- Magic: Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat
- Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown
Are there any I missed?
Thanks for reading!