If the Utah Jazz wanted to keep the fact they’re shopping center Al Jefferson a secret, they blew it. NBA rumors about the Jazz trying to move Jefferson are swirling all over the place, with the most likely landing spot being the San Antonio Spurs. Of course, that’s just speculation, but with each passing day and the trade deadline getting close, it’s becoming more apparent that Jefferson won’t be with Utah much longer.
That was really cemented during Jazz backup center Enes Kanter‘s performance against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Kanter scored one point for every minute he was on the floor (17) while pulling down nine boards and blocking five shots. Stretched over a full game (36 minutes of playing time), Kanter’s numbers average a double-double, which means he’s a surefire starting center. That makes Jefferson expendable if he wasn’t already.
Utah is not a contender right now, but the Jazz could be with a few more pieces to put around their few stars and that would be made possible by trading Jefferson, who would undoubtedly return at least one solid player and at least one draft pick. So if Utah is trying to improve its future, moving Jefferson is the way to go. If the Jazz just wants to play for right now, then keeping Jefferson would be the better option. I think we all know which way Utah is leaning.