The Utah Jazz have some very difficult decisions to make over the next 6 months. It is well known that Larry Miller does not want to pay the luxury tax especially in the current state of the economy. In order to avoid the luxury tax, the Jazz will either have to lose Okur, AK47, Boozer or Millsap. Okur and Boozer both have player options for next year. Boozer will most likely exercise is option if he remains injured. Okur will most likely exercise his option as well as he is probably not going to get as great of a deal in the open market. I don't think AK47 will be traded either.
So my question is, how does this impact the Blazers? I would love to have a shot at Millsap this summer. If a "blow me away" type deal is not available this trade deadline than a plan to go after Millsap may be the "plan A" for KP. We could offer Millsap $7-8 million a year and put the Jazz in a tough situation. Millsap is just what the Blazers need in the backup PF position. He is an excellent rebounder and defender and brings toughness.
That said, if Boozer or Okur walk, the Jazz will definitely want to keep Millsap. If that is the case it would be interesting to see how big of an offer we can make and force Utah to match.
There will be a lot of options this summer if we maintain our capspace. I hope a deal is not made this trade deadline unless it is completely favoring Portland.