As the NBA Finals gets underway, and the Miami Heat battle the Oklahoma City Thunder for supremacy over who is the best team to have their season ended last year by the Dallas Mavericks(that's what their playing for, right?), the rest of the league is left to idly sit on their thumbs and ponder how they might improve.
Last week, as the Memphis Grizzlies were still in the process of finalizing an ownership sale, rumors began to circulate that the team was shopping their star(ish) small forward, Rudy Gay. The SB Nation blog Straight Outta Vancouver decided to open up the floor for trade proposals from other blogs in the SB Nation family, an exercise that saw numerous responses.
Prompted by this fun bit of fantasy-GM'ing, the good people at SLC Dunk followed with their own version and Big Al Jefferson as the prize.
Dallas doesn't have as sexy a trade bounty to offer as other teams, but, giving it a long look, this was the best offer I could come up with:
DAL trades: Lamar Odom ($8.2 mil ETO), Vince Carter ($3.12 mil ETO), Rodrigue Beaubois ($2.3 mil), and the 17th pick
UTA trades: Al Jefferson ($15 mil)
This reduces Utah's total salary next year to approximately $37 mil, gives them a young developing player with upside at a position of need, and gets the Jazz back into a very deep draft.
Although we didn't end up submitting this trade proposal by email, the writers here at Mavs Moneyball did have a discussion on the merits of Jefferson, as well as the center market in general, and what the Mavs have to offer any potential trade partner. I decided to post a transcript of this in what may be the first of many OFFSEASON TARGET ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS.
Encouraged by the awesome work done by Tom at http://www.straightouttavancouver.com/ and his on-going Rudy Gay trade-a-palooza we at SLC Dunk have been getting reader requests to do a similar thing for Al Jefferson. I'd love it if each of you smart, talented bloggers would throw me an offer. It is as if our manager is out of town and we must liquidate all Al Jefferson stock.I would accept Pistol Pete VHS movies for him.
Didn't we already turn him down when we could have had him for two draft picks?
I can come up with something, but Al's high salary made our GM shun any potential trade for him, even if it was for a few draft picks.
Didn't get him with Dampier's contract, we got Chandler instead.
I think Jefferson makes some sense, given that his contract comes off the books next year. The big reason I think Dallas passed on him two seasons ago was because the years left scared them off, not necessarily the annual salary. Defensively he's not a great fit with Dirk, but it's intriguing, at least.
Jefferson's defensive liabilities pretty much make it silly to even think about. And he'd take away even more touches from Dirk.
Let's just Indecent Proposal it. I will trade one night of passion for Al Jefferson
Would that it weren't true, but in general following me on cap matters is a Donner party level mistake though I'd like to think--we're all friends here--that we'd eat each other in common, and have no need of murder. That being said, you're right to point out that Odom, Carter, Roddy works perfectly well, salary wise, and is actually not that bad a trade since Odom and Carter have cap perks and Roddy has some potential left--though, unfortunately, it predominantly shows itself AGAINST Utah.