Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trade Talk


Trade talk is starting to heat up. The Jazz may be in discussions with several teams to make a deal. The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting a rumor that the Grizzlies would like to trade for Ronnie Brewer in exchange for cap space and future draft picks. I don't exactly know why the Jazz would do such a deal. However, here are a few of my reasons why it could happen (or at least something else might happen)...


1. The Jazz would like to lower their salary to avoid the luxury tax completely. A trade of either Ronnie Brewer or Kyle Korver could possibly make that happen. I wonder which teams have trade exceptions? Who has extra space?

2. Perhaps the Jazz are concerned about re-signing Ronnie Brewer next summer when he becomes a free agent. Re-signing Carlos Boozer will be a long-shot, but, opening up more dollar space for him could be part of the reason for trading away Brewer.

3. Wes Matthews is playing well... And he's cheap! The Jazz will want to keep it that way. Matthews is the fill-in for Brewer, if he leaves.

4. Kirilenko is immovable. Plain and simple.

With all that being said, I hope Brewer stays with the team. I like him as a Jazzman. I do expect the Jazz to make a deal (of some-sort) before the deadline though. And it's primarily due to reason #1.

6 comments:

Pasty Gangsta said...

5. Ronnie is not that good and has way too many games where he scores 4 points on 2-8 shooting, even though he is our 5th offensive option and thus gets some great looks.

Matthews is quite a bit better in my book. . .

Draft Guru said...

The more I think about it... the more I believe a deal like this goes down.

Booner said...

I will be really surprised if the Jazz trade Ronnie Brewer. You heard it here first.

The Crotty Kid said...

This is a pure salary dump, if it happens (which I doubt). The Jazz will save half of whatever Ronnie's salary is this year (3.5 mill?) plus they drop out of luxury tax territory (which is worth $1-$4 million).

The pick we get in exchange won't be the Grizzlies' - it will be the Lakers'.

Pasty Gangsta said...

According to the D News, we don't actually drop out of luxury tax range but we do get $2 million away. Which, interestingly, means if we do this and one other small deal we could keep Boozer.

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