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Deal breakdown: Jefferson to Jazz

Originally Published: July 13, 2010
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Al JeffersonDavid Sherman/NBAE/Getty ImagesCarlos Boozer who? The Jazz landed talented big man Al Jefferson in a deal with Minnesota Tuesday.
OK, let's start right from the top: Would you trade Carlos Boozer for Al Jefferson?

You'd at least have to think about it. Jefferson is three years younger and had better numbers over the past three seasons. He can play center -- Boozer cannot -- which allows the Jazz to paper over Mehmet Okur's expected absence and move Andrei Kirilenko up to power forward in stretches, where he's more effective anyway.

Jefferson's not a great defender, but neither was Boozer. Yes, he's probably worse than Boozer in this respect, but last season's particularly lead-footed performance could be partially attributed to the fact that he was still recovering from knee surgery.

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