Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap
It's a working assumption in front offices all over the league that the Jazz will trade Jefferson or Millsap for a front-line point guard at some point in the next 10 weeks. For two reasons.
1. Jefferson and Millsap will be free agents in July, meaning Utah risks losing both without compensation if they're still on the roster beyond Feb. 21.
2. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are the undeniable power players of the future in Utah, even though Jefferson is one of only five players this season averaging 17 and 10 -- along with Dwight Howard, David Lee, Kevin Love and Zach Randolph -- and despite Millsap's status as the most productive forward from the 2006 draft not named LaMarcus Aldridge.
The challenge is trying to determine which of the two is most likely to move … unless you expect the Jazz to surprise us again and ship out both.
The handful of teams consulted by ESPN.com this week were split. Some nominate Millsap because he's not at Jefferson's All-Star level. Some nominate Jefferson because Millsap's skill set theoretically meshes better with Favors and Kanter.
Our conclusion? No surprise that there's no consensus given how hard Utah has always been to read, as most famously seen in February 2011 when it shocked everyone by abruptly trading Deron Williams to the Nets mere days after Jerry Sloan's shocking resignation. Our best advice: Stay tuned.