The NBA's trade deadline is set for 1 p.m., meaning that by just around the time the line at the Gateway Panda Express becomes tolerable, all deals must be submitted to the league office for approval. For months, signs have pointed to the Utah Jazz making a deal prior to the deadline. Our story in today's Tribune tries to explain why the Jazz would or would not make a deal. Here's what to look for as the key hour approaches:
• The Jazz are not going to trade Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap simply to make room for Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. There are 27 games left and the Jazz won't make a move to expedite the ascension of the young bigs by so few contests.
• To bring back anything other than an expiring contract or draft picks means the Jazz are sacrificing cap space. Don't expect them to do that unless it is for someone they see as part of the long-term plan.