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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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Jefferson-Chandler Trades - July 14

Utah Jazz Get: PF Al Jefferson
Minnesota Timberwolves Get: Kosta Koufus and two 1st round picks

Why this makes sense for Utah:

The Jazz needed to make a move for a big-time player since Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver both signed with the Bulls, and Wesley Matthews has agreed to an offer sheet with the Blazers. The Jazz had no flexibility in free agency, but did acquire the asset of a trade exception from Chicago that they used to make this deal possible. Big Al replaces Boozer and likely starts ahead of Paul Millsap who should retain his position as a very valuable bench player.

For Utah to only give up a protected first-round pick that they received from Memphis, another likely non-lottery first-rounder, and a third-string center for a potential 20-10 guy is quite the steal. Yes, Jefferson is owed $42 million the next three seasons, but he is only 25 years old and could be poised for a breakout season now that he is more than a year removed from his ACL injury.

Why this makes sense for Minnesota:

Because David Kahn is insane. I don't understand why a re-building franchise trades their best player who is only 25 years old for two future picks, another project center and cap space? I don't get it. I just don't get it. Because you brought in Michael Beasley and are convinced he will be a better option at power forward than Big Al? Because your goal is to collect as many draft picks as possible next year so you can pick three more of one position? Because you are desperate to clear enough cap space to land a third point guard?

Here is what we have learned about David Kahn; he covets draft picks and cap space, but has no idea what he is doing when he has both. The Timberwolves' financial flexibility this offseason was eaten up by Darko, Nikola Pekovic and Michael Beasley. Their five picks turned into three small forwards and a pair of foreign players who will likely not come to Minnesota for a couple of years, if they even come to the NBA at all. He is on the verge of adding Luke Ridnour who if his "plan" goes accordingly will be the fourth point guard on the roster next summer when Ricky Rubio comes to Minnesota.

Then there is late word that Kosta Koufus is thrown into the deal. Of course, because the T-Wolves need another dopey center to add to their current mix.


Dallas Mavericks Get: C Tyson Chandler, F/C Alex Ajinca
Charlotte Bobcats Get: C Erick Dampier, PF Eduardo Najera, SG Matt Carroll, Cash considerations

Why this makes sense for Dallas:

The Mavs had a huge trade chip in Dampier whose contract for 2010-2011 is not guaranteed. That means he can be released before the season begins and his $13 million salary would not count towards that team's salary cap. Since Dallas struck out in their attempt to land Al Jefferson, they switched their attention to Chandler who will combine with the re-signed Brendan Haywood as the Mavs' inside presence. Chandler is also in the final year of his contract so Dallas will still have a valuable trade piece to possibly make a major move during the season.

By getting rid of Carroll and Najera, the Mavs save about $6.5 million in cap space for next season. Ajinca is still a work in progress but a nice "throw-in" for the Mavs.

Why this makes sense for Charlotte:

At the last minute, the Bobcats backed out of a deal with the Raptors that would have sent Chandler to Toronto for Jose Calderon. So instead they dealt Chandler and Ajinca for Dampier's evaporating contract and two overpaid veterans who don't come off the books until 2012. Hmmm...

The Bobcats need a point guard to replace Raymond Felton and will try to use Dampier's non-guaranteed deal to land one. But if Chandler could not get a serviceable replacement in return, I am not sure how Dampier's does. If the Bobcats are unable to deal Dampier for something of value before the start of the season, he gets cuts and this deal makes zero sense. It makes even less sense since they are eating up two overpriced contracts of veterans who will likely not have much of an impact in Charlotte. Good one, MJ!


Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

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More with Ted Leonsis: Turning around the Washington Wizards - 8/11
Ted Leonsis Taking Washington Wizards on a New Path - 8/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 8/5 (Shaq)
NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - 8/4
Michigan State Dismisses Chris Allen - 8/4
2011 NBA Free Agents - 7/30
2010 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/29
2010 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/28
Larry Bird Ranked Worst NBA GM - 7/27
Chris Paul Possible Trades - 7/26
Tracy McGrady to Chicago looking Extremely Likely - 7/26
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/24 (Kurt Thomas)
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/23 (Jefferson)
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Evan Turner vs. Purdue Fans in Heated Twitter Trash Talk - 7/19
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/18 (Brad Miller)
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Magic Match Offer Sheet for J.J. Redick - 7/17
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/16
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2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/15
Jefferson-Chandler Trades Analysis - 7/14
Michael Redd Era Over in Milwaukee - 7/14
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/13
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis (Last Weekend's) - 7/13
Childress-Turkoglu-Morrow Trades Analysis - 7/13
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Larry Sanders Brings a Unique Skill Set to Milwaukee - 7/10
LeBron James to Miami Heat Recap - 7/9
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/9
Knicks-Warriors David Lee Trade Analysis - 7/9
Timberwolves-Heat Michael Beasley Trade Analysis - 7/9
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/8
The LeBron James Show - 7/8
Carlos Boozer Signs with Bulls - 7/8
Profiling Milwaukee's Potential Point Guards - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/7
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/7
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/6
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/6
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/5
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/4
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/3
It's Not LeBron or Bust for the Bulls - 7/3
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/2
2010 NBA Free Agency: Day 1 - 7/2
Former NBA Player Kendall Gill on the Bulls Free Agent Prospects - 7/2
2010 NBA Draft Day Trades - 6/25
Foreign Flavor Losing Flair in NBA Draft - 6/24
Bucks-Warriors Corey Maggette Trade - 6/23
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/22
76ers-Kings Samuel Dalembert Trade - 6/18
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/3
2010 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/17
Evan Turner's Flaws - 5/13
Where Will Joe Johnson Go? - 5/12
Bulls Could Use Oklahoma State's James Anderson - 5/10
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 5/9
2010 NBA Draft Early Entries - 5/9
Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard - 5/8
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Gani Lawal: Testing the NBA Draft Waters - 5/6
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Jordan Crawford: More Than the Guy Who Dunked on LeBron - 5/3
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