November 19, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is defended by Houston Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Trade Conjecture: Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade for Utah Jazz Al Jefferson

Nov 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Bucks 113-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

DISCLAIMER:   This is NOT a rumor, nor a report.  

Let’s face it:  the Heat are nearly unstoppable, but teams can always get better.  The glaring hole in Miami’s roster since the formation of the Big Three has been the 5-spot.  They use power forward Chris Bosh at center, who while effective still is not a center.  He’s too thin to body up against Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum…and even the likes of Al Jefferson, Nikola Pekovic and Marc Gasol can give the skinny (almost frail) Bosh a fit.

Utah is rebuilding, to be sure, but Al Jefferson is an expiring contract and is no lock to remain in a Jazz uniform, to say the very least.

Utah also has a shoot-first aging point guard in Mo Williams starting.

How much sense would it make to trade Jefferson for Dwyane Wade?

A lot.

Wade may be 30, but he’s still a big ticket draw and the Utah fans would likely rejoice in being able to obtain a player who still has three or four seasons of very good basketball left in him.

Would it propel Utah to contender status?  Maybe.

They would seek to retain Millsap (who would likely want to stay with Wade coming aboard), be able to slide Enes Kanter into the starting lineup, and be able to find more minutes for Derrick Favors, who is really starting to come on strong—finally.

Quite simply, the move would make both teams better, which is after all the purpose of executing trades to begin with.

Miami fans would likely lament the loss of Wade, who has been a fixture on the team since he was drafted in 2003, but they would get over it when they saw how much of a difference it made on the defensive end to have a (decent) shot blocker like Jefferson manning the paint.

LeBron would also enhance Jefferson’s skill set further with his array of impressive passes and ability to draw double and triple teams.

Miami GM Pat Riley may be gun shy on this one.  The Heat did just win a championship.  But as I said, teams can always get better…even teams that are already the best.

Why not seek to make a team that is nearly unbeatable completely unbeatable?  Why not obtain a legitimate center for an aging superstar?

I can’t think of a single reason not to.

Tags: Al Jefferson Dwyane Wade Miami Heat NBA Trades Utah Jazz

  • iPWNcouGz

    You obviously have no idea how Jefferson plays. Im a Jazz fan. I don’t like Jefferson.

    • Brett David Roberts

      Sometimes we get sick of our favorite team’s players and don’t realize how good they are. I think Jameer Nelson is trash, but he still could start on at least 1/3rd the teams in the league, despite the fact I’d rather have seen the Magic get Raymond Felton or even C.J. Watson.

      Jefferson is a good player, but it’s easy to blame the struggles of the Jazz on the best (or second best behind Millsap??) player on the team.

  • maada

    Hell no….wade will retire in Miami uniform

  • DCHeatFan

    LOL, this will never happen. Wade might not be the best player on the Heat any longer but he’s still the face of the Heat!

    • Brett David Roberts

      While I agree, I think you also see the logic in a basketball sense, don’t you? Wade won’t be traded because he was loyal to the Heat when they were awful, but basketball is a business…and doing what is right isn’t always popular. Still, it is kinda “LOL.” Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to make these conjectures because it makes readers and fans think.