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More On Brewer Trade

While there's no doubt Jazz fans will miss Ronnie Brewer, nobody should complain too much.

It saved money, cleared a logjam at the wing position and it was the best the Jazz could do under the circumstances.

A lot of people are wondering why the Jazz didn't trade C.J. Miles instead. Mainly because Memphis didn't want Miles. Brewer's name has been linked to the Grizzlies since January or before, so the interest was already there. If the Jazz were going to make a move, this was the most likely.

Other players who came up in trade rumors were Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko. But the Jazz weren't dumb enough to give Boozer away for zilch and Kirilenko's huge contract has been a negative in any trade possibilities. Besides, A.K.'s value has risen in the last month.

So the Jazz dealt what they could deal.

Even though the Jazz said the luxury tax wasn't an issue, it was. It always is, especially with small market teams. But I'm convinced it wasn't the only factor -- or even the main one. The Jazz are committed to fiscal responsibility, but not at the expense of unloading invaluable players. Fact is, nobody's going to want to see them if they trade away all their talent, and they know it.

The Jazz didn't have enough minutes for all the players at the wing position.

Brewer's athleticism will be missed, mainly because it was nice entertainment. The Jazz have never had a lot of sky-walkers. But the truth is, when Wesley Matthews started coming on, the handwriting was on the wall.

Meanwhile, the Jazz may get a fairly good draft pick in the future, thanks to the trade. It's true Memphis could improve, and Brewer can help, but not enough to get the Grizzlies into serious contention.

One other observation: Hardly any deals are wholly one-sided. The league's G.M.'s aren't idiots. So you give something up and you gain something.

That's about the best anyone can hope for most of the time.