Raptors Receive: Al Jefferson, Mikael Pietrus, Jazz 2012 1st-Round Pick
Suns Receive: Andrea Bargnani, Linas Kleiza
Jazz Receive: Jared Dudley, Josh Childress, Suns 2012 2nd-Round Pick
The Utah Jazz currently have a log jam at the four and five position. With Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Mehmet Okur, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors all serviceable players, a trade involving at least one of them would be a smart move for the rebuilding Utah Jazz. Al Jefferson is a solid player but is overpaid, costing the Jazz $14 million next season, and they would love to move his contract if the chance presented itself.
The trade will allow the Jazz to shed $9 million in salary, and it will also receive a talented small forward in Jared Dudley who only averaged 26.1 minutes per game last season for the Suns. Had Dudley received 36 minutes per game, his averages would have been close to 15 PPG and over 1.5 steals per game. This trade could also result in roughly $15 million in extra cap space if you consider they will probably waive guard Josh Childress using the rumored amnesty clause.
The Suns will receive a major upgrade over Hakeem Warrick in Andrea Bargnani whose scoring production climbed to near All-Star levels last season. Bargnani's biggest flaw was the system he played in, and he will have a great backcourt partner playing next to the underrated Marcin Gortat. It's also worth mentioning that Kleiza, when healthy, could be a pleasant surprise for the Suns. The team could now focus on resigning Grant Hill and polishing the roster by moving trade chips Hakeem Warrick and Robin Lopez.
The Raptors will add a legitimate center in Al Jefferson and will also move Kleiza's undesirable contract. Mikael Pietrus will be a solid option at small forward and even start for stretches if James Johnson slips. The Raptors will be adding $6 million in salary, but the first-round pick from Utah could prove to be very beneficial come next June. This trade not only makes the Raptors better by addressing team needs, the team won't have to feel the financial sting for long as Pietrus comes off the books at season's end.
As a result of this trade the Suns will be in great position to make the playoffs. The Jazz will dramatically speed up the rebuilding process with the extra cap relief, and the Raptors could address their Roster needs and potentially land a lottery prospect from next year's highly-touted draft class.