I like the Pau trade, I don't love the Millsap deal. That said, I don't like the Pau deal as much unless Millsap is moved so that we have a big man rotation of Gasol/Favors/Kanter and Jeremy Evans or whoever we draft/sign can play sparingly at the 4/5 when needed. I would prefer to trade for Lowry instead of Calderon, even though Jose is the healthier of the two. Seems like a struggle for Lowry to play over 65 games a season. Lowry is averaging 14 PPG, 6 APG, 4.5 RPG in only 28 MPG. He also shoots 40% from 3, 83% from the line and is a much better defender than Calderon. He also only makes $5.75 per and is on the books through next season. He's also 3 years younger than Jose. From what I'm hearing, the Raptors are inclined at this point to re-sign Calderon, which means they would probably look to deal Lowry.
I'm also in the Pau isn't done camp. I agree that the Lakers system (and Kobe) is what is holding him back. I actually think that Gasol will be a very good player into his mid thirties, much like Duncan. Neither play above the rim and rely very little on their athleticism.
I would like to see both Paul and Al shipped out: Paul/Marvin/Raja for Pau and a future 1st unprotected from LAL which I think we could get for that package at this point. Then send Al somewhere for picks... would love to see if Charlotte would part with that Detroit or Portland pick.
Then since we rid ourselves of Paul and Al (whom I like) but with them we are destined for mediocrity we go after a good mix of vets to complement our rotation:
My preference is to hand the PG over to Burks and see what happens from now until the end of the season:
Otto Porter drafted or Sign Aminu from NOLA/Carrol
LA should be the team trading for Bargs/whatever. They could probably get a future pick out of those guys too. If I'm Toronto I'd love to trade Bargs/Calderon/pick or Bargs/Johnson/pick.
You guys digging Pau's grave are crazy. Elite players have long careers in the NBA. Replacing the pathetic D of Bargs with the ultimate mentor for JV would be great for them. Pau solves a lot of their problems all at once. I'm guessing he has at least 3 years of very good ball left in him. Hell, you could make the case for 2 players and multiple picks.
At the same time Bargnani fits perfectly into the hole D'Antoni has been trying to square peg Pau into and either Amir or Jose present interesting lineup possibilities. None of those guys are guaranteed after next year so the L's professed goal of clearing cap for '14 signings is also met. IMO you could see a 'miraculous' rebirth of both Pau and Bargs if this happened.
Anyways I don't know how Utah would get into any of that but there's my random thoughts at bedtime.
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Wait I'm confused. So do Jazz fans want Kanter to start or not? All these Gasol trades don't make sense, considering Jazz fans dedication to the youth core. Especilly considering Gasol has shown his dislike for coming off the bench.
Calderon is this decade's Morris Peterson.
Jefferson & Bell for Gasol would be a steal for the Jazz
Why not develop both Kanter and Favors at the same rate. We could have two young studs anchoring the front court for years building a great chemistry and championship attitude. Bringing in Pau could hurt Kanter's psyche. Kanter may start to wonder if and when he will get his shot at being a starter on this team. We didn't draft him third overall to sit him behind Al and then some other dude we trade Al for.
I say trade for a wing or pg, and give Kanter and Favors grow up together. They're young and could dominate for years to come in a jazz uni.
Peterson was never traded, signed a fairly good FA deal with another team and then performed terribly - most likely just like Calderon will.
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Honestly i don't think Kanter is ready to start but if we had Pau, Favors and Kanter as our Three headed monster that works out to roughly 30+ minutes for Favors and Pau and Kanter gets about 25+ minutes. Do this for the rest of the season and if kanter looks ready to start look to trade Pau during the draft or the offseason or just Keep Pau for his last year, maybe look at trades during the trade deadline, Then Pau comes off the books and we have money for Hayward and Favors. All of this and we will still have a competitive team.
Look at the grizzlies today, they gave up a 1st just to dump speights/selby/ellington.