2011 NBA Trade Speculation: Utah Jazz-Portland Trail Blazers Deal in the Works?

Broox AndersonCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2011

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Jazz-Blazers Deal in the Works?

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Utah Jazz are reportedly shopping Paul Millsap and Devin Harris. This is astonishing news, as Millsap and Harris were starters in the Jazz lineup this past season.

Portland has allegedly shown interest in both players in the past, offering Paul Millsap a qualifying offer worth over $32 million two years ago, which, of course, the Jazz matched, and throwing Harris' name in the air in a few trade scenarios.

The Blazers now have a chance to strike up a deal with the Jazz to bring in these two long-sought-after players, but let me be the first to say that the price won't be cheap!

ONE trade scenario could look like this:

Utah Receives

Brandon Roy, PG/SG

Rudy Fernandez, SG

21st Overall Pick


Portland Receives

Paul Millsap, PF

Devin Harris, PG

*(Possibly a future second round pick.)



Utah would be taking on approximately $1.1 million in this deal.

Roy and Fernandez are collectively worth $17,120,596, whereas Paul Millsap and Devin Harris are worth, combined, $16,019,000.

In order to sweeten the deal, Utah may have to offer to swap picks, 12th overall for 21st overall, where, in my opinion, they would have the opportunity to draft Malcolm Lee or Tyler Honeycutt.

How Both Sides Win on this Deal:

Portland receives a potential all-star in Paul Millsap, who averaged 17.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists with an efficiency rating of 20.57; a slight upgrade over LaMarcus Aldridge in efficiency.

Utah receives an All-Star in Brandon Roy, who averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists throughout his career.

The Blazers get a franchise point guard who fits their style of play in Devin Harris.

Elliot Williams gets thrown into the deal in an attempt to even out the salary differences.



Is this deal realistic? Would Portland want to attempt to acquire Paul Millsap and Devin Harris... again? Tell me what you think!

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