Sunday , Feb , 10 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Andrei Kirilenko for Ben Wallace Would Help Utah Jazz Re-Sign Deron Williams

Chicago is shopping Ben Wallace. Utah had been shopping Andrei Kirilenko. And every malcontent with a contract has been discussed in potential trades for these two. Surprisingly, a Bulls-Jazz deal of Big Ben for AK-47 had never been mentioned. Until now. League sources and various media outlets are reporting that Chicago and Utah are finally talking swap …

Andrei Kirilenko for Ben Wallace Would Help Utah Jazz Re-Sign Deron WilliamsMy AM Take: Chicago is shopping Ben Wallace. Utah had been shopping Andrei Kirilenko. And every malcontent with a contract has been discussed in potential trades for these two. 

Surprisingly, a Bulls-Jazz deal of Big Ben for AK-47 had never been mentioned. Until now. League sources and various media outlets are reporting that Chicago and Utah are finally talking swap.

It has been no secret around the NBA the Bulls have engaged in expletory trade talks regarding Wallace in recent weeks, most notably with the Lakers before they acquired Pau Gasol.  There also have been rumours of talks with the Knicks, perhaps the most intriguing match is the Utah Jazz. ( Sam Smith, Chicago Tribune)

This scenario is odd. Why would the Jazz want an over-the-hill veteran like Wallace? Simply put, his contract is attractive (This point is well-made in Smith’s piece).

The former All-Star has two years, 28 million dollars left on his contract, while Kirilenko is on the books for another three years at close to 50 million dollars.

That’s a tidy savings of 22 million dollars. Utah, as a smaller market, must tighten their purse strings to re-sign emerging superstar Deron Williams. The muscular table setter will surely command a max salary once he’s eligible to renegotiate his rookie contract.

Other clubs will chase Williams if Utah can’t ink him to a second contract. For example, suppose the Mavericks move Devin Harris for Jason Kidd. After a few years, Kidd retires. Team Cuban can then make a run at Williams as a free agent, who just happens to call Dallas home.    

Suddenly, Wallace in a Jazz uniform doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Of course, I have no idea  how he’d click with Utah coach/taskmaster Jerry Sloan.

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