Throwing out an idea for a Wolves/Jazz trade...
The Jazz trade AK, the #9 pick, and a future first rounder to Minnesota for the #4 pick. Since the Wolves have multiple picks, they might we willing to trade down and make this deal. I'm not sure if it works with the salary cap and all that (someone smarter then me would have to figure that out).The Wolves might have to throw some other player into the deal to make it all work...I'm not sure.
The Jazz would then have their pick of Monroe, Cousins, or Johnson at that point, with the #4th pick.
AK leaving would also free up money to resign some of our other free agents, possibly even Boozer. But, at the very least, Matthews, Korver, and whoever else.
Honestly, if the Jazz had to choose between Monroe, Cousins and Johnson (assuming Wall, Turner, and Favors go as expected top three) I'm not sure who I would take. LOL
Who would you select?
(Don't sleep on Wesley Johnson...I think this kid is going to be a really good NBA player. He's very skilled, very intelligent, and very mature. Seem to have his head on right).
I'm going to ban the next n00b who says we should trade AK.
I don't think Minnisota would be interest in moving all the way down to 9. Maybe if they really fell in love with Henry or George but why do that when they could just take Johnson. If the Wolves want a big then how could they pass on either Cousins or Favors.
First of all, why would Minnesota want AK? He is an injury-prone player nearing 30, and Minnesota is in complete rebuild mode, which would therefore make it even crazier to lose the number 4 pick.
It's a pretty one-sided trade, you're obviously be a Jazz fan, a greedy one at that! haha
He is injury prone, overpaid, and nowhere near the player he once was. Can you tell i'm not an AK fan? LOL (And I know i'm not alone...in fact, I might be in with the majority of Jazz fans who can't wait for his contract to come off the books)
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That's how the Lakers got Gasol from Memphis. LOL
Actually, a three for one deal, including two future first rounders (one guaranteed top ten), is a pretty decent exchange. It might end up being the Jazz that get the worse of that deal. Favors will already be gone. Cousins is a big question mark. And Monroe or Johnson could be stars, or just "nice" players. I don't think it's that lopsided of a trade at all. If I was Minnesota, I would take a very strong look at it.
wow, this is a really lopsided trade for the jazz. AK makes 17 mill next year. That is not a good thing. ANd you think the wolves would be willing to move down 5 spots to get the rights to AK's final year and 17 mill? LOL
llperez, the best thing to do is ignore topics like these, and let the biased fanboys have their fantasies.
maybe it works if the wolves can throw in a bad contract of their own. Yes they are in rebuilding mode, but they know that it is a multi year process and may be willing to take the extra 1st rounder since they will be losing their own 1st pick in '11 or '12 to the Clippers.
true nomoney. Maybe if the jazz add in a boat trip on the great salt lake that would seal the deal.
Because it really puts them in good free agency position for the following summer. It's been kind of the "in" thing to do in the NBA as far as trades lately.
the wolves are already way under the max. ANd teams only like to get expiring deals if it means they give up long term ones, thus they clear space. This doesnt clear any space since AK is the only big deal involved. You might want to just bury this one my man.
The Wolves would have to add some player into the deal they were looking to try to unload. I was just setting up the framework for a deal, but I know it's missing some pieces.
I wish AK could stay healthy. He is one of those players that brings a lot of intangibles. Yes his salary is high, but he makes the Jazz a much better team with his hustle, ability to defend both one on one as well as his excellent help defense. Plus he does a lot on the offensive end as well. The only issue I ever had with him was that year he was a bit of a head case, but he put that behind him.
Not a good idea, AK is more valuable than what you are getting for him. If you could get Favors and Minnisota's 16th or 23rd pick plus Love, then maybe it would be worth it. Minn. is reportedly interested in moving either Love or Jefferson. Your giving up AK, this years #9 and probably next years Memphis pick, salaries need to be fairly close or it won't work.
That Minnesota isn't getting robbed in this deal. Kirilenko could be a very valuable player for Minnesota. However, I don't value AK as much as you and butidonthavemoney seem to. What's the appeal? I really don't get it. I see him as someone whose holding our team hostage with his contract. If he made about a third of his currently salary (which he probably will when his current deal is up), then I could better appreciate his "moderate" contributions. He WAS an all-star, but now he is an overpaid role player (but not for much longer). He and Sloan just have never found much of a common ground. I think he could show more of his game on another team. Just not sure AK and the Jazz are a good match anymore.
Your right about AK being paid too much but his salary is what it is. He is stilll a very good player and when healthy he produces in so many areas that he is valuable and hard to replace. To many times people want to look only at scoring, AK does so many other things well, If or when the Jazz trade him they need to get something of value for him.
What determines whether you get positive or negative points on your posts? Is it someone's opinion as to whether or not they agree or like what you say?
I think so. Not that I care one bit about the points...LOL
Can you cash them all in for a chance to win a car or something...??
Who are your top 5 or 6 picks that the Jazz might be able to get?
Here are mine- In order of my preference: Udoh, Monroe, Babbitt, George, Orton, Davis orSanders
Are all off the board before the ninth pick. Of what MIGHT be available, in order of how I like them: Udoh, Patterson, Babbitt, and Davis. Wouldn't select anyone outside of those four. Udoh just intrigues me for some reason. I might be wrong about him, but I like his skill set a great deal. If he's already off the board, I like Patterson. If Boozer leaves, Millsap is going to need some help off the bench, and Patterson would be the perfect fit. The kid is a warrior. He plays very hard. Babbitt is a hell of a shooter, and an all around decent player. Certainly wouldn't be too upset if we ended up with him. Davis I see maturing into a 12pt 8reb guy in the pros. Not an exciting pick, but you could do much worse.