The Jazz today traded rookie point guard Eric Maynor and Matt Harpring to the Utah Jazz for the rights to Peter Fehse.
My first reaction was to want to flip my lid and wonder why Donnie couldn’t beat the Thunder’s proposal for a young talented point guard. Something the Knicks desperately need.
Then I realized. The only way the Jazz would agree to give up a solid prospect for nothing was to get the Thunder to agree to take Matt Harpring off their hands and thereby remove enough salary to help the Jazz avoid a luxury tax payment this season.
If that is what the Jazz wanted, there was no deal that could have satisfied them from the Knicks’ end. I’m assuming Mobley is not tradeable right now based on league rules and even if he is, insurance would only cover 80% of his salary, I believe. But even if Mobley is available to be traded and the Jazz could have saved as much money in a Mobley deal, that isn’t the point (though I’m sure that is where the conversation will go). The point is really this:
Once the Knicks have cap space they’ll be able to trade a second round pick in the 2018 draft for a player that can help RIGHT NOW.
The Thunder just did it, because they have cap space.
I don’t think you can question the general strategy of trying to have cap space.