This is basically an empty the noggin of the trade deadline as it moves insider 37 hours of the 1pm Thursday deadline.
Thursday I will host a Vokle Q and A the hour before the trade deadline, starting at noon. Today I hosted one that ht on many of the issues.
Here are a collection of thoughts as we get near.
• Thank goodness Kevin O’Connor moved Deron last year. What Orlando is going through seems hellish. The quotes from Stan Van Gundy today are so telling “There’s no questions about our games. Nobody cares if we play well or don’t play well. … It’s all, ‘Is Dwight going to stay?’ ” “The thing that has bugged me more than anything this year: Nobody even gives a damn about the results of our game. Nobody cares.” What a miserable existence
• One of the things O’Connor talked about was that he made the Deron trade when he did is that he thought it was the last time he could make the trade before Deron was able to dictate the deal. Orlando is trying to move Dwight to Chicago, Dwight won’t play along. Dwight to LA, no dice.
• Atlanta is the most interesting team to me at the deadline, they insist they are under a mandate to unload contracts to get under the luxury tax but why would they want to pay the luxury tax if they are 6th in the East and have very little chance to beat Miami or Chicago. The player that intrigues me on this roster is Marvin Williams. The Jazz have always liked Marvin Williams and he could be made available.
• What do the Jazz have to offer. CJ Miles and Josh Howard are expiring contracts. In most cases I don’t think Miles brings a team great value other than the expiring contract so the Jazz would have to take a player back who has more than 1 year left on their contract in order to make the deal worth it for the other side. The same goes for Raja Bell, the Jazz would likely have to take back more money than what they are giving in a Raja deal.
• If the Jazz are going to get a rotation player that helps the club they will have to be taking on salary. I would be surprised if the Jazz have the pieces to do it otherwise.
• Teams to watch in the next 36 hours. What is New Jersey going to do? They are playing a big game of chicken with Deron Williams just as much as Orlando is with Dwight Howard. Dallas is the team sitting out there that makes both those teams very uncomfortable. If Dallas moves Shaun Marion they will both freak out. If Marion is moved I would look for Orlando to do whatever deal they have on the table for Dwight and if it is not to New Jersey then look for New Jersey to move Deron.
• In addition, New Jersey doesn’t have the cap space to get Dwight and Deron done with moving some pieces. Jazz could try to swoop in for Anthony Morrow or Johan Petro with CJ Miles expiring deal.
• The rumored deals that have been mentioned all make sense for the Jazz. The idea of Raja Bell to the Clippers for anything and maybe even nothing makes sense. CJ Miles to New Jersey for Anthony Morrow matches up to what we were just discussing. Not sure who moves the meter on Minnesota though Wayne Ellington has been mentioned and he is a decent 4th or 5th wing who can shot. Josh Howard is in demand but the Jazz aren’t just going to dump him to clear space for players the way they might with some other pieces so teams would need to give the Jazz something of value in return. The only thought I would have on Josh is I think he is unlikely to return next year so if a decent pick or something of value is offered the Jazz would have to view that as increasing an asset and that is worth making a deal for.
• These all match what we would anticipate. The next thing that happens in this final stage before the deadline is two things converge to make deals happen. First, some owners jump in and say I want to get the $ straight on my roster and secondly, some GM’s can’t help themselves and have to make moves.