5 on 5: Depth Adding Trades

June 5th, 2015 | by Aaron Hefner
Could Trevor Booker be on the move to help shore up depth? (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Could Trevor Booker be on the move to help shore up depth? (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

1.  Jazz trade Trevor Booker & Non-Guaranteed Contracts to the Boston Celtics for Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Wallace, and 2018 Memphis 1st Round Pick

Dan Clayton: Pass. The Jazz could do worse than Olynyk as a third big: he’s skilled, smart and OK (but not great) at shooting from deep. But the going rate for assuming $10M in salary (Wallace) is a little better than that. Also, that ’18 Memphis pick probably won’t be delivered until ’19 because of the wacky protections on an earlier debt.

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Aaron Hefner: If the Jazz are unable to find a better use of their cap space then yes, otherwise I may pass. Kelly Olynyk is an above average bench big who can space the floor and the Memphis draft pick could end up being quite valuable.

Clint Johnson: I do this in a heartbeat if I’m the Jazz. The Memphis pick alone is enough to justify the swap given its protections (1-12 in 2018 down to unprotected in 2021). That said, I can’t see any possibility of Boston doing something along these lines. I’m no cap expert, but these numbers look awfully tough to crunch.

Clark Schmutz: Absolutely. This is an easy one. Olynyk is probably the best player in this trade. The Jazz reportedly really liked him when he came to work out for them. Memphis’ pick will probably be conveyed in 2019, but it’s unprotected if it makes it all the way to 2021. All for the cost of Wallace’s $10 million final year, which would be bought out immediately? Sign me up.

David J. Smith: Probably, yes. Wallace’s onerous pact would be difficult to stomach, but the Jazz would be getting two solid pieces in return. Olynyk is a capable reserve who still has two years on his rookie deal. He is crafty offensively, can stick the jump shot and is a smart passer. The pick could be valuable. Is this how Utah wants to spend their cap space?


2.  Jazz trade Non-Guaranteed Contracts, 2015 2nd Round Pick, 2016 2nd Round Pick to the Miami Heat for Josh McRoberts
(This could save Miami Heat $5-10 million in luxury tax.)

Dan Clayton: Sure. McBob doesn’t set anybody’s toes a-tingle, but with 18 picks in the next four drafts, Utah can certainly afford to give away some seconds and end-of-roster guys for a guy who can probably be good again. He doesn’t exactly light it up from deep (mid 30s), but he’s actually a really good passing big.

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Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Aaron Hefner: Absolutely. This is a low risk, high reward trade. Josh McRoberts would be an impactful third big for the Jazz who are in desperate need of front court depth. Also, he is on a very team friendly contract, which gives the Jazz more flexibility moving forward.

Clint Johnson: This doesn’t do much for me – although it doesn’t cost much either. I’ll pass because I’d rather keep the 2nd round picks to roll the dice with and then sign a player like Jonas Jerebko, Jason Smith, or Pero Antic. Roll-playing stretch bigs aren’t too hard to find in the modern NBA.

Clark Schmutz: I would make this trade.  The Jazz have multiple 2nd round picks in both 2015 and 2016 and would not miss them very much (besides the fact they rarely are used to draft useful NBA players). McRoberts would be a really nice fit, both stretching the floor and playing better than average defense.  Keeping Trevor Booker would be a bonus.

David J. Smith: Most likely, no, but I could be convinced. McRoberts is a scrappy player and his fantastic passing would be a boon to Quin Snyder’s offense. While not a high volume shooter, he is capable of knocking down the three. Even so, his injury history and contract do not appeal ($11.3 million over two seasons, not including a $6.0 million player option).


3.  Jazz trade Trevor Booker & Trey Burke to the Orlando Magic for Channing Frye

Dan Clayton: I wouldn’t mind this type of deal, but not for Frye. Ignoring for a sec that he was terrible last season, even at his peak he never gets to the line, doesn’t pass the ball, and makes his team worse defensively. At 32, he’s not going to magically start getting better, and he’s owed $23M+ over the next three.

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D Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images

Aaron Hefner: This is a close one. While I’m not convinced Trey Burke or Trevor Booker are a part of the Jazz’s future, I’m also hesitant to take on Channing Frye’s contract given that he is 32. I would probably do it. Frye would provide much needed spacing and the Jazz won’t hit the salary cap next year anyways.

Clint Johnson: I kind of hate this one. Frye’s been an occasional Jazz killer given Utah’s historical reluctance to defensively commit to stretch bigs, but I prefer Booker to Frye straight up. Also, I suspect Trey Burke has quite a bit more development to go. I’m reluctant to give up on him after two years, especially for this return.

Clark Schmutz: No deal. I like Channing Frye, and he’s better than Trevor Booker at three point shooting. But I think Booker is really valuable to the Jazz and I want him to return and shoot 2-3 three pointers a game. Also, Frye’s contract would make it hard to replace Burke via free agency. We would need a good backup PG in this case.

David J. Smith: Negative. While Frye is an elite 3-point shooter and would create spacing, there are too many negatives. He is 32 and is owed $23.4 million over the next three seasons. He averaged just 7.3 PPG on 39 percent shooting for Orlando. He does not rebound well and rarely gets to the free throw line. Pass.

4.  Jazz trade Non-Guaranteed Contracts & 2015 2nd Round Draft Pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes

Dan Clayton: No, thanks. Hawes’ deal is identical to McBob’s, but the chances of him being a positive contributor are much lower. Remember, even at his best, he has not been an efficient possession-user except for in one of his eight seasons. So I wouldn’t want his $17M on the books.

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Harry How/Getty Images

Aaron Hefner: Another yes from me. Obviously much has been written about Spencer Hawes’ terrible season on the Clippers, the Jazz are giving up very little to acquire him. $5 million in cap space is minor and if Hawes does return to 2013 Hawes, the Jazz walk away from this trade like bandits.

Clint Johnson: Sign me up. Hawes really disappointed the Clippers, but there simply aren’t many seven-footers who are career 35% shooters from three and possess his passing skills. I think Hawes would cost more than this even after his rough last season, but if this was on the table, I’d grab it if I were the Jazz.

Clark Schmutz: I would do this deal, but wouldn’t be pumped about it. Politically, there are few better fits for the Jazz than Spencer Hawes. I don’t love his game, but he would fit okay here and his contract will be negligible with the salary cap increases. He’d be a cheap (ish) 4th big.

David J. Smith: No. While Hawes has some interesting skills – perimeter shooting and passing – his defensive deficiencies and inability to contribute on good teams are too much to look past, especially when his contract (same deal as McRoberts) is taken into consideration. Utah would not be sacrificing much of value, but could find better options for less long-term money.


5.  Jazz trade Trey Burke, 2016 2nd Round Pick, & 2017 2nd Round Pick to the Sacramento Kings for Darren Collison

(This is assuming the Kings trade for Ty Lawson, as has been rumored.)

Dan Clayton: An easy yes, if Sacto would do it. Even if Trey hits just about the best case scenario I can imagine, Collison is already that good, maybe better. He scores efficiently, creates for others and takes care of the ball. His production has been fairly consistent whether starting or coming off the bench, so he could be a good candidate for a variable role behind and alongside Dante Exum.

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Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

Aaron Hefner: 100% yes. As most know I am not high on Trey Burke and considering the Jazz have 11 second round draft picks in the next 4 years, I am perfectly happy to trade Burke and a few second round picks for a very solid backup point guard.

Clint Johnson: Hmmm, this one’s tough. I’ll say no because of my confidence in Dante Exum. Collison would expect a starting job for at least the next two years (when he reaches free agency) in hopes of earning one more big contract. My bet is two years from now the Jazz are better off investing those minutes in Exum.

Clark Schmutz: Darren Collison had a really good year last year. But before that he’s been average to very poor with stretches of good play. Would he be willing to not start? I don’t know. I would question what this trade could do for chemistry, but it would certainly improve us if we were getting 2014-15 Collison. But for now, a soft pass from me.

David J. Smith: Collison is a very solid player who played well for Sacramento before injuries derailed his season. He is a 37 percent 3-point shooter, can distribute the ball, hits his free throws and puts forth effort defensively. He is owed just $10.2 million over two seasons. Collison would be an upgrade over Burke and a solid player to pair with Dante Exum.

Aaron Hefner

Aaron Hefner

Aaron Hefner, a maniacal Jazz addict, currently resides in Austin, Texas. He is a recent BYU business grad and a current supply chain project manager. When not working, he enjoys quality time with his pregnant wife and his daughter. Aaron writes about the Jazz to avoid annoying his family and coworkers with NBA propaganda.
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  1. DanielT says:

    I like these ideas. The one I like the best is Booker + 12 for Patterson +20 or Burke +Booker + future pick for George Hill. Thanks guys.

    • Mewko says:

      Like your 2nd trade. Burke and Booker and GSW’s 2018 pick, FOR George Hill. I assume we select Kaminsky, Turner, or Lyles at #12. That trade would rock.

  2. NEO says:

    I love the Collison trade I would even go as far as throwing in that worthless OKC 1st pick we got for Kanter and Trey for Collison

    • UtahsMrSports says:

      I had a response typed out here about how that pick might be sneaky good since Durrant and or Westbrook might be leaving in 2016. But then I went and read the protections……ugh. Its lottery protected for three years and then after that becomes a second rounder in back to back years. You are right, that is not very valuable.

  3. Scottie Kramer says:

    How about Donatas Moteijunas? D-Mo and Terrence Jones will both be restricted free agents next year, and with Josh Smith/Clint Capela playing pretty well in the playoffs I think they will look to use Jones and/or D-Mo as trade bait this summer. Daryl Morey is also known for taking promising PF/C in the draft, and they are good at evaluating that big man talent too (except Royce White). Several mocks have them picking up another big like Trey Lyles!

    D-Mo shoots something like 37% from 3, is a true 7 footer, and has post moves for days. His hook shot is automatic, he is a very underrated passer, surprising us with Gobert-style behind the back assists on the regular. He is a true 7 foot big body unlike Olynyk, Frye and Kaminsky this guy actually has some weight to him. He looks a solid 260-270. Someone that big with post moves like his demands to be defended by the opposing center or best post defender for sure, so that would allow Derrick Favors to keep playing the 4 offensively and defensively in rotations with Captain Hook, whereas Favors playing with Olynyk, Frye or some of these other guys would be drawing opposing centers. I think a bigger body which allows Favors to play power forward in more rotations is more appealing than a think big man who can just stroke it.


    That’s a very well written artice right there. Brings up a few good points like having a stretch big who can’t post it up is no longer as much of an advantage as it was 4-5 years go since teams are now subbing in a small guy who can shoot it to just hug the stretch big at the 3 point line since a guy like Ryan Anderson or Channing Frye will not be efficient posting it up. I think if we get a stretch 4 he needs to be able to post it up.

    Back to Motiejunas…. I think we could snag him up by giving up a 1st rounder and a couple seconds. Maybe a first and a sign/trade with Booker or maybe give them Burke? I know they’re looking for a point guard but I highly doubt they’d be interested in Trey Burke. I think they’ll try to make a splash and get Lawson or Collison. Denver wanted two first rounders last trade session, so I think the Rockets would indeed be interested in some of our picks even if just for flipping purposes. What do you guys think? Captain Hook just seems like a way better option than any of these guys. Younger, more upside, better player already, and just better fit all around.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I like this idea. Motiejunas has developed nicely over the past couple of years, as has Terrance Jones–but Motiejunas is longer and more mobile than Jones (and also a better shooter). Perhaps you are right that the Rockets would be willing to trade Motiejunas, because they can get Josh Smith on such a bargain basement deal, whereas Detroit will still be paying Smith a big contract amount for 2-3 more years.

  4. cw says:

    I feel pretty certain that Exum is going to be the Jazz starting point guard, because 1. he is really good defensively and defense is what wins the Jazz games, 2. because they jazz know they need a transcendent player and exum is at this point, still their best shot at that, and 3. they are a few years away from any possibility of contending and so there is no need to try and accelerate things at the expense of development.

    So, if they sign a vet PG it’s someone who will be a back up and a mentor for Exum.

    And, as has been mentioned elsewhere, the already valuable rookie contract is going to get exponentially more valuable when the TV money kicks in. That makes taking a chance on drafting a stretch four pretty attractive. And there are some potentially valuable stretch 4s in the draft. Kaminski, Turner, Looney, Dekker….

    On top of that, if I was the jazz I would also want to see if Booker could continue to grow as a 3 point shooter. If you need a stretch 4 it makes sense to explore a few different options. I’d draft one and keep Booker and see what pans out. You can always make trades at the deadline.

    So, unless some crazy good deal comes a long, I don’t really think the Jazz are going to add much significant veteran talent.

  5. Mewko says:

    1. No. I’d rather have Booker than Olynyk. Need the defense and rebounding.

    2. Yes. The backup center we need, without surrendering too much.

    3. No. Channing Frye is too old. What if he declines really hard after we get him?

    4. Yes. I think Spencer Hawes could find redemption, and play closer to what he did in Philly.

    5. Yes. Relegate Darren Collison to the bench. Dante Exum has to get his starter minutes, and Collison is a home-run backup point guard.

  6. Winter Soldier says:

    No to all them. I would do this trade Wallace’s contract plus the Brooklyn pick for Booker.

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