Fans over at SLCDunk all seem to be clamoring that the team trade Devin Harris. I suppose they've been spoiled at the point guard position over the last couple of decades and he doesn't live up to expectations.
Charlotte sends DJ Augustin, Tyrus Thomas, Boris Diaw and a 2013 first rounder to Utah.
Utah sends Devin Harris and Al Jefferson to Charlotte.
Why it works for both teams. Utah, probably even more than Charlotte, is all about working the cap and this trade immediately saves them money, knocking off an instant 12 million next season to allow them to sign a free agent point guard, and likely draft one as well. Believe it or not, with Jerry Sloan gone, there have been some whispers behind the scene that Deron Williams has even considered returning and that he and Kevin O'Conner have put their differences aside. Remember, he was traded and had no idea about it until he saw it on ESPN. Steve Nash and Jason Kidd have also been mentioned. (Could you imagine Steve Nash with that Jazz team? Wow.) The emergence of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors finally playing like people thought he would have made it guarunteed that Jefferson won't be around passed the 2013 season anyway. The Jazz are on the cusp of the playoffs and losing Jefferson will most assuredly knock them out, but the reward is a lottery pick in this year's draft. Certainly, DJ Augustin isn't a point guard of the future, but he's a good fill in should they not be able to sign the free agents they want.
It's obvious why this works for Charlotte. This season is a lost cause, although adding Jefferson and Harris would certainly garner us a few more wins. Bismack will move over to power forward, most likely, and Kemba will still remain on the bench. Devin Harris isn't exactly the tall, defensive minded PG that would be the perfect antithesis to Kemba, but he is 6'3" and isn't a slouch on defense by any means. He also has long arms and plays taller than he is. The best part of this is that we get rid of the Tyrus contract.
Both Jefferson and Harris are unrestricted free agents going into the big 2013 off season. That'll free up 23 million plus the Diop and Carrolls contracts come off the books, allowing us to get right into the thick of one of the biggest free agent classes ever (maybe second all time to the free agent class of two summers ago, especially if Dwight or Deron excersize their options this offseason).
What ya'll think? Is this a good move for the Bobcats? The Jazz? Is it even something feasible?