The NBA trade deadline has come and passed, with the biggest deal being JJ Redick (along with Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon) making his way to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris, and Beno Udrih. Interestingly enough, Josh Smith stayed in Atlanta. But the biggest thing weighing on the minds of those reading this article right now is the Utah Jazz, and their lack of a deadline deal.
All season long the speculation was widespread that either Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson was going to leave Utah before the 1 p.m. deadline on Thursday. To be honest, I’m pretty surprised the Jazz stood pat with their team and didn’t make a move. With all the young talent sitting on the roster, moving one or two of the veterans seemed like the logical thing to do.
My personal thoughts aside, let’s look at why not making a trade could be a good thing for the Jazz. Utah has a team right now that has potential to make a postseason run. Utah currently owns the 7th seed in the Western Conference, and would face the Oklahoma City Thunder if the playoffs started today. While these standings will change by the time the 82nd game is played, it’s safe to assume the Jazz will be in the 5-7 seed range taking on a high quality opponent like the Thunder.
With all the young guys on the roster, including a young coach, some members of Utah’s front office may be thinking that another bout of playoff experience (hopefully not a sweep this time) will be beneficial for the growth of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, and Alec Burks.
Regardless of the reasons behind the moves that weren’t made today, the fact remains that this Jazz team will make the playoffs, and having a team with good chemistry is important to a post-season run. Moving players about mid-season is rarely good for team chemistry.
All in all, this has been one of the quieter trade deadlines in recent memory. So what do you think of the way the Jazz did business today? Are you satisfied that they didn’t make a move? Then again, there’s always the possibility that the Jazz, being the tight-lipped organization they are, still haven’t told anyone about a deal…