Originally Posted by Xiao Yao You
Doubt Okur would have much value anyway. He's highly overpaid for a guy that is one dimensional and ideally a back-up. Hopefully they'll take advantage of his expiring contract next year as they should have last year.
But they haven't shown that kind of foresight. If they'd have traded him or AK for Marion years ago things would be different now. Other teams had interest in Jefferson. They wouldn't get as much back for him as they gave up I'm sure though.
Miles gets them under the tax? It's the Jazz so them giving him away while making their team worse would come to no surprise despite trying to portray themselves as big spenders these days.
I think the deal was on. Denver backed out. Sounds like a typically bad Jazz move. Prince or Josh Smith for AK sure. Diaw. LOL!
Trading for Marion would only have been a smart move financially if you let him walk. Otherwise if you sign him to the type of deal the Mavs gave him, you're paying $8-9 million until 13/2014 for a guy past his prime. It's OK in Dallas because Cuban is a billionaire and he's playing behind Butler, but he'd most likely be a started in Utah.
They only gave up a 1st rounder and Kofus for Jefferson, so they might not get the draft pick back, but they could get a decent player. However with the upcoming lockout, there probably wouldn't be many teams willing to take on a big long term deal like Jefferson's.
Trading Miles doesn't get them under the cap, but Utah's cap is very top heavy, other then Milsap they don't have anyone making the $7-8 million range to get them under it. Trading Milsap would be crazy, so apart from AK, he's the next movable piece.