Al Jefferson on the front page of ESPN and JT's recent frustrating play made me start thinking about this. Here's a case for it...
First, it works on ESPN Trade Machine.
Why Sacramento does this: It gives the Kings a legit 6'10" post up 4 to pair with Spencer in the front court. At 25, Al wouldn't be much (if any) of a departure from the youth movement. This move could be another one of Petrie's under the radar acquisitions that really put the Kings over the hump without the risk of losing out on any bigger name FAs and shores up the spot through the '12-'13 season.
Why Minnesota does it: AJ and Kevin Love are fairly interchangeable. They get a large expiring (KT (Woof!)) that helps get them under the cap, saving millions. They get back a promising young, affordable big that helps them fill any gap a departed AJ leaves. Jason's size and versatility should be very appealing to Rambis and his modified triangle.
Why Sac doesn't do this: They take on an ASS-load of salary. AJ is on the payroll for $12 mil this year and the pay increases $1 mil each year maxing at $15 mil in '12-'13. It could mess with the chemistry that has this young team playing so well.
Why Minny Doesn't: They feel they can do better?
Basically this is a JT for AJ swap. I think it'd take JT to get this done. I've been enamored with Jefferson's game for a while and think that with a legit post presence Sac would be a match up nightmare for opposing coaching staffs. Taking a look at Minny's roster they have a glut of mediocre bigs and could use help in the back court but there isn't a 1, 2 or 3 on our roster I'd be willing to deal that would make it worth it for Min.
For the record... I like JT as a King and love his promise. Without his recent frustrating play this post may not have been worth it. But as it stands JT hasn't shown much stability in his albeit short career.
Is Al a big enough upgrade to lose JT and take on all that salary?