NBA Trade Rumors: Paul Millsap's Future with Team Depends on Ability to Play SF

Rich ByingtonContributor IDecember 9, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21:  Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz heads for the net as Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 21, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With the strong possibility that Andre Kirilenko will not be resigned by the Jazz this season, the team is looking for depth at the SF position.

ESPN confirmed the resigning of Tayshaun Prince with the Pistons for a four year, $30 million deal and Caron Butler signed a three year, $24 million deal with the Clippers. These deals set the market for SFs and the Jazz are not likely to give Kirilenko a similar deal.

With the drafting of Enes Kanter, it looks like the Jazz will use him at center.  It's possible fourth year center Kyrylo Fesenko will resign with the team as they have been trying to develop him; at 7'1" and 280 lbs. the guy is a mountain, but he has struggled with consistency during the brief stints he has had on the floor.

It's possible then the Jazz will allow Al Jefferson to move to PF. At 6'10" 280 lbs., he has a decent size advantage over other PFs and his agility affords the Jazz an opportunity to experiment with this and see if it works on a permanent basis.

Derrick Favors will definitely figure in the PF rotation at 6'10" 260 lbs.  He had a solid rookie year and figures to get more playing time. Perhaps Jefferson stays at center and Favors moves into a starting role at PF.

Gordon Hayward is listed as a F on the team roster and at 6'8" 207 lbs., there is no way this guy is playing PF, so he will certainly spend most of his time at SF and the two guard.

With his rebounding and leaping ability surely the Jazz would like to see Jeremy Evans working inside the paint, but his frame his pretty frail for the PF spot at this point.

This is where the Millsap dilemma comes in. If Paul can convert to the SF spot, he gives them a lot of flexibility with the four and five spots and versatility from the three with the likes of Hayward, Evans and starter CJ Miles competing for playing time.

At 6'8" 250 lbs. Millsap is a big SF, but he has proven to be a solid 12-15 foot jump shooter and even showed range with the three point shot early last season in Miami; it was probably more of a fluke than anything, but the guy has a nice shooting touch for his size.

The question is whether he can match up with quicker SFs. I'm not sure he can and with the likes of the aforementioned players lining up for playing time, the Jazz might do well to trade Millsap and acquire some help at the guard spots.

Either way, keeping Millsap or trading him figures to bring value to the team.