Philadelphia 76ers: 3 players on the Utah Jazz worth trading for

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2. Rudy Gay

If the Philadelphia 76ers want to pursue a veteran performer from the Utah Jazz but would rather not add another 6-foot-1 guard, the obvious choice has to be Bojan Bogdanovic Rudy Gay.

… wait, what? This has to be Bojan Bogdanovic’s spot, right? I mean, he averages twice as many points as Gay, attempts twice as many 3s, and at 33, is almost three years younger than his fellow Jazzman; why would the Sixers want Gay over Bogdanovic?

Easy: Gay is the less valuable player and, thus, is easier to acquire.

I mean think about it; acquiring any player on this list is going to require trading away Tobias Harris plus Matisse Thybulle and/or the team’s 2029 first-round pick, right? If that happens, the Jazz will need to give up $32.5 million in salary before taking on the player and could need to give up even more in Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz, or even a player like Jaden Springer could be included.

Boasting a $6.18 million cap hit in 2022-23 that balloons up to $6.48 million in 2023-24 if he picks up his player option – which, at 37, he probably will – according to Spotrac, Gay is a utility forward who can play alongside anyone, play either forward spot, and facilitate P.J. Tucker moving into the starting lineup at his natural four spot instead of at the three. Factor in his consistently positive efforts on defense, and Guy looks like a classic glue guy on a very good team.