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After a series of 4 losses without Rudy Robert in the team, some of Jazz’s weaknesses are clearer than ever.
In particular, the team played a terrible defense, with a defense rating without Gobert being the last in the league. Can they find a way to strengthen at the end of the floor? Can they find a store that does that?
In recent years, I’ve hosted a radio show that had a weekly section called “Crazy Trade Idea of the Week.” The idea was simple – we took one idea of a fan deal to the show and discussed for five minutes whether it made sense for the participating teams or not. This article is in this spirit. Note that these are No Reported rumors: These are simply business ideas that operate legally under NBA business rules.
Danny Green and Charles Bassey for Joe Ingles
Danny Green and Joe Ingles may be two of the most famous 3-D players in the NBA, but both have backed down a bit in recent years. In the end, this agreement only exchanges them based on their slightly different skills, which fit each other’s team better than their current team.
Green, 34, is no longer as good in the non-3 parts of his offensive play and his 3-point shooting percentage is at 38% this year, which is just below his career average of 40%. His defense may have slipped as well, but it is still generally considered very useful.
Meanwhile, Ingles, 34, has retreated more in the defense of the ball, but still retains good shooting and, importantly, great dribbling and gaming skills that Green has never had. Although Philadelphia lacks Ben Simmons, she had to rely on non-traditional game developers like Seth Curry to run the show – Ingles would give them another reliable guy to drive a pick-and-roll with Joel Embiid. He would be great at it.
Salaries aren’t made exactly to make the deal legal, because Ingles earns a little more than Green. Bassey is in agreement to make salaries work; if the Sixers would rather replace someone else, that’s fine too.
Ingles expires after this year, Green’s contract lasts one more. That would put Jazz deep in the luxury tax next season, which they would like to avoid – but I think it can be solved out of season. Green is the type of player who always has a market.
Josh Richardson and Bruno Fernando for Joe Ingles
Maybe you don’t like the deal – or maybe Philadelphia thinks it can get the player it needs in the Ben Simmons deal. Here’s another option that probably works in a similar way: Josh Richardson.
Richardson is younger, 28, and is not a shooter like Danny Green. He’s more of a slasher in attack. His shooting sometimes looks great and sometimes it’s a lot out of the bowl. But with the Miami Heat, Richardson impressed with a great defense on the ball, and this year he was quite successful with the Celtics. It will probably also be the best way to defend the perimeter of Jazz.
Meanwhile the Celtics desperately lack connection in the attack; they play at this end without cohesion. Ingles moves the ball well and creates space for his teammates and has the pass-first mentality needed for Cs.
As with Green, Richardson added another year to his contract. Ingles also manufactures just far more than Richardson to the point where the Celts would cross the luxury tax line, and probably wouldn’t have. As a result, Bruno Fernando will be added to the store.
Nicolas Batum for Eric Paschall, Elijah Hughes, second round pick in 2025 and second round pick in 2026
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer has done great reporting over the last few years, and his latest report from LA has intrigued me.
“They are largely opening a store for anyone except their main guys and Terance Mann. I think they are really fine to get out of the playoffs and regroup for next year, “one of the representatives of the Western Conference told Fischer. “I think he’s trying to get Marcus Morrises out of the world, people who have some value and maybe they can replace them with younger talent, maybe cheaper.” [contracts]to free them and get someone else this summer. “
And what about Nicolas Batum? Jazz fans know how important Batum can be to the team’s success in the playoffs, as it was a cornerstone of the team’s efforts to beat Jazz last season. Batum has a solid relationship with Gobert and of course can do open threes at high levels.
He is also a longtime player in defense, a type of player that Jazz does not currently have. He would be Jazz non-Gobert’s best defender for miles. He also earns just over $ 3 million.
In order for Jazz to get into this incredible condition, it has to give up some good young players and future selections in the second round. That’s Paschall, Hughes, and the two remaining second-round picks that Jazz uses – if LA prefers the second-round Memphis pick he got at Jared Butler’s store this year, so be it. On the other hand, I don’t think it would be wise to trade the selection from the first round of Jazz in 2026 for Batum, because that will come far enough so that it can only be after the Jazz dispute cycle is over.
Kenrich Williams for Udoka Azubuike and removed protections at Jazz’s 2024 selection
Would you believe that there is a player who, when he plays, makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a really decent NBA team? No, it’s not Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Thunder are beaten by 6.4 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor.
But Kenrich Williams? Well, Thunder actually outperforms teams by 2.2 points per 100 possessions when out. He’s a defensive candlelight – nicknamed Kenny Hustle – and also a good 3-point shooter: 38% deep this year after 44% last year.
The Thunder are said to be looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Williams and may win it. The next tradable option in the first round of Jazz is in 2026, and as we have discussed, there is a little too much uncertainty.
But wait! Do you remember how Jazz already traded Thunder for the selection in the first round? They paid one to have this club take over Derrick Favors’ salary. This selection is protected for selections 1-10 in 2024 – if Jazz is bad, they will keep it.
What if Jazz removed these protections – and bet on their own future? Basically, they would say that there is a good chance that they will still be a good team in the 2023-24 season, and this agreement will not change anything on either side. Jazz would win Kenrich Williams for the low price of one Azubuike, who rarely plays.
But as we all know, there are no guarantees in the NBA and not at all with this jazz team. What if Gobert gets hurt in the 2023-24 season, for example? What if one or both Gobert or Mitchell ask for a deal? Jazz could be really awful. The deal states that “if Jazz had a disastrous season after two years, Thunder would be given a choice of changing the franchise, not Utah.” Thunder would buy a ticket; in the meantime, Jazz gets a rotary caliber player that would now set the tone on the defensive.