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Report: Utah Jazz open to trading Millsap, Harris

Jun 16, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

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Everyone knows the Jazz are in “ground up rebuilding” mode, but a couple surprising names have popped up on the radar.

During ESPN’s Chad Ford chat Thursday he was asked about draft day trades and mentioned the things we all expect — the Cavs to move a point guard, Daryl Morey and the Rockets to be active — then he threw in a real surprise (via CBS Eye on Basketball).

Jazz looking for deals. Would be open to discussing Paul Millsap or Devin Harris.

Now, let us start with some notes of caution — Chad Ford is well connected but he throws a lot of stuff up on the wall and only a portion of it comes true. I bet the Jazz talking to teams, I’m just saying the reality is these moves may not happen for a while if at all. Traditionally I’d say Utah is patient with trades, but the whole Deron Williams thing blew that out of the water.

There is just one reason Millsap would be traded — Utah knows Derrick Favors as the future at the four for the team. Millsap felt like part of the future in Utah not long ago, giving them 17.3 points per game (on 53 percent shooting) and 7.3 boards a game last season. He busts it inside. There would be teams very interested in his services.

Harris being shopped implies that Brandon Knight (or maybe Kemba Walker) are high on the Jazz radar. Harris is a quality point guard and they could get real value for him on the market if they planned to turn the keys to the team over to another PG.

We may see more big mores from the Jazz, but if the plan is to build around Favors and whoever is the No. 3 pick, then seeing what the market for Harris and Millsap is makes some sense.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    thats funny because every game I’ve caught of the Jazz the past 3 years, playoffs included, all I see is Millsap working hard & beasting out… on the boards, playing defense…

    He would be an outstanding addition to any team looking for toughness, attitude, & a physical presence…

  2. goforthanddie - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Portland tried to steal Millsap for a reason. Favors better be ready.

  3. aboogy123456 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    As a Laker fan I’m wondering if we could trade Bynum for both Millsap and Harris. This way Lakers get the defensive point guard they need without losing depth down low because they don’t really have any depth there. For the Jazz they get the best and youngest player in the deal..

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      thumbs down, why? Is it because the trade is bad for one team? or because there’s something I overlooked that means this can’t work, maybe from a salary perspective?

      • rushbacker - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        Yes, there is something you overlooked– the fact that small market teams don’t exist solely to serve as farm teams for the Lakers and Celtics. Why are LA fans so convinced that every other team in the L is dying to get their hands on Bynum? The dude’s a walking injury problem– just because you guys are eager to pawn him off, don’t assume other front offices are lining up to trade valuable resources for the guy.

      • goforthanddie - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Seems rather lop-sided to me, esp. given Bynum’s history of injury. But the LA fans want to keep Bynum because they think he’s the piece that gets them Dwight Howard.

  4. palakerfan - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Thumbs down because Bynum is your Dwight Howard, Chris Paul or Deron Williams trade chip, and should be saved for that. In reality, you could probably use the Laker’s trade exception along with Odom to get Harris and Millsap.

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