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Utah Jazz: Best 5 Trades in the Last Decade
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My last article was about whether or not the Utah Jazz should trade their third pick in this year's NBA draft, and it got me thinking of some of the great moves they have made in the recent past.

When teams come to the point of rebuilding (which every team has to deal with at some point), they have three options of ways they can build a roster; through the draft, through trades, or through free agency. As examples, Oklahoma City rebuilt through the draft, Boston rebuilt through trades, and Miami rebuilt through free agency.

Unfortunately for the Jazz, as is the case for many small market teams, there's not really what one would call a waiting list for players who want to come to Utah. In fact, Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur are the only All-Star players the Jazz have acquired through free agency in over two decades. 

So in all reality, where most teams have three ways to build a roster, the Jazz only have two. Yet their organization has been as competitive and consistent as any.

In this article, we'll look at the five best trades the Jazz have made in recent years that have helped them remain competitive on somewhat of an uneven playing field.

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