Utah Jazz Rumors: Richard Jefferson, Andrew Bynum Trade Is An Awful Idea For Team

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have only a few days left to trade – or release – Andrew Bynum before his salary gets guaranteed for the reminder of the season, and with that in mind, another team has emerged as a possibility.

The Utah Jazz – who are desperate to turn their season around after a slow start – are reportedly one of the teams interested in the former Los Angeles Lakers big man. According to rumors, they would be willing to send veteran forward Richard Jefferson in exchange.

While this deal appears to make a lot of sense in terms of what the Cavaliers could receive since Jefferson would fill the void the team has at the small forward position, the Jazz should be looking for other options to improve their team. Their frontcourt is already set with Derrick Favors – who signed a four-year extension this offseason – and Enes Kanter, and trading for Bynum would take away minutes from the former No. 3 overall pick.

The Jazz have said to have great hopes on what Kanter and Favors can do together, and adding Bynum into the mix – a player that hasn’t been healthy or committed to play in the last two seasons – doesn’t seem like the right thing to do in the midst of the rebuilding process Utah is currently going through.

It is not clear if the deal ends up getting done, but the interest is there. The Jazz would be foolish to make a move that could slow down the future of the franchise, and unless the Cavs throw a pick or another player into the mix – something unlikely based on the situation the team is – it doesn’t seem like a transaction that should go down for Utah.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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  • Ryan Parkinson

    Have you even read the reports? This is a money-saving move for Utah. They would acquire Bynum and immediately wave him before Jan. 10, when his $12 million of guaranteed money would be due for the remainder of the season. They unload Jefferson’s contact, and acquire a piece they can immediately waive, saving them $8 million in money, and giving more minutes to Burks.