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Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:15 pm
Harris is getting shopped? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

For a moment there, the Utah Jazz looked to be the surprise story of the season. A hot start had them sitting in the top half of the West, which was stunning considering they essentially began a rebuild after trading Deron Williams.

They've come back to Earth some leveling at 15-18 after losing eight of their last 10, which means they could be looking to shake things up. Via the Salt Lake Tribune:
The Jazz remain open to moving starting point guard Devin Harris, league sources said, and reserve small forward C.J. Miles could be made available in the right situation. But Utah continues to take a long-term approach in building its team after the Deron Williams trade last February, and the Jazz won't make a move simply to pull the trigger.
Not exactly a new story as there was word of this in late January, but with the trade deadline approaching, it's certainly more meaningful. Behind Harris? Earl Watson. Behind him? Jamaal Tinsley. So it's not like the Jazz have a young point guard they've been grooming and want to work in.

But Harris hasn't been at all productive this season, averaging just 9.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. This is a one-time All-Star with the Nets, a guy that averaged 21.3 ppg in a season. And here he is as someone the Jazz would be open to move so they could give Earl Watson more playing time.

Still, you know who would probably love Harris? The Lakers. They desperately need point guard help and if they could offer up a first round pick or a young asset, the Jazz might jump at it. But Utah knows the Lakers are needy, which drives the price up.

As for Miles, he's certainly a player with a good amount of trade value. A big, strong defensive shooting guard that can hit from the outside. Playoff teams in search of help at 2-guard (Bulls, Clippers, Pacers) would likely be interested. But the Jazz are likely in the market for a solid draft pick or young asset in return.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:01 pm

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

Now when you say 'defensive' what do you mean by that.....
A player who can play solid perimeter defense. To me the Jazz need a SG/SF that can be a lock down defender defensively as a possible future replace for Raja Bell. The problem is the Jazz have too many offensive players like CJ Miles that couldn't defend anyone if their life depended on it.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:41 am

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

Now when you say 'defensive' what do you mean by that......

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:34 pm

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

Miles is awesome, I would love him in portland.  He can shoot and can get to the hole.  I don't think anyone is interested in Harris because he has been put in a system where the bigs take so many shots.  Harris can help a team if he came off the bench but because of his All Star year he probably won't accept that.  I think shorter contracts would help players and teams be real with themselves about their worth.  Shorter contracts with the option for the team to match would be great.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:04 am

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

The Jazz dont need a young SG/SF, They have Gordon Hayward and Alex Burcs(the 12th pick this year) What they do need is a young point guard.

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:01 am

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

What the Jazz should do is since they need a young SG/SF player to develop is they should deal devin harris to the lakers for Devin Ebanks, who I believe has the potential to be a solid player, and a first round draft pick. This draft, depending on where the pick falls, the jazz could draft a point guard coming out, such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if he declares. There is your young core to build around, with your already stout frontcourt of jefferson and millsap

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:04 pm

Jazz open to trading Harris and Miles?

The Jazz need to become a more defensive minded team. I've always hated CJ Miles because he's too inconsistent and shoots the Jazz out of games. Ideally the Jazz need a combo SG/SF at the trade deadline.

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