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Utah Jazz make three-way trade with Warriors, Nuggets official

Published: Monday, Aug. 31 2015 12:14 p.m. MDT

Utah's Randy Foye battles to bring the ball up court with New Orleans' Darius Miller on him as the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Hornets play April 5 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Foye was sent to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Randy Foye battles to bring the ball up court with New Orleans' Darius Miller on him as the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Hornets play April 5 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Foye was sent to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, some cash and whole bunch of draft picks are headed the Utah Jazz's way.

Meanwhile, shooting guards Randy Foye and Kevin Murphy are headed elsewhere.

With the NBA's moratorium over, the Jazz received official approval from the league for the previously reported transaction with Golden State and Denver.

In this three-way deal, the Jazz will get Biedrins, Jefferson, Rush, unprotected first-round picks in 2014 and '17, second-round picks in 2016 and '17 and cash considerations from the Warriors along with a 2018 second-round pick from the Nuggets.

In exchange, the Jazz are doing a sign-and-trade with Denver-bound Foye, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract. Utah will also ship 2012 second-round pick Kevin Murphy and his nonguaranteed contract to the Warriors.

By doing this, Golden State cleared enough salary space to pick up shooting guard Andre Iguodala in a sign-and-trade agreement with Denver.

Kevin Murphy of the Utah Jazz shoots over Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Bobcats during a basketball game at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on March 1. Murphy was sent to Golden State as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Kevin Murphy of the Utah Jazz shoots over Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Bobcats during a basketball game at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on March 1. Murphy was sent to Golden State as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

It's important to note that the three incoming Warriors all have expiring contracts — Jefferson ($11 million), Biedrins ($9 million) and Rush ($4 million). That will help Utah keep its options open in re-signing its own players and being a player in what is expected to be an intriguing 2014 offseason.

“This trade helped us address our need for size, shooting and experience while also allowing us to add assets and maintain flexibility for the future,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. “We want to thank Randy for the strong work ethic and high character he displayed during his time here in Utah. Trades like this are never easy, but we wish him and Kevin well as they move forward in their careers.”


This three-team deal was one of many free agent signings to become official on Wednesday. Who else is off the market? Check out the Deseret News NBA free agency tracker.


Golden State Warriors' Richard Jefferson (44) goes to the basket against Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City. Jefferson was sent to Utah as part of a three-team deal Wednesday. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press) Golden State Warriors' Richard Jefferson (44) goes to the basket against Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City. Jefferson was sent to Utah as part of a three-team deal Wednesday. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

Also from the press release:

Biedrins (7-0, 242, Latvia) spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Warriors and holds career averages of 6.4 points and 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 510 career games (311 starts). Originally selected by Golden State in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft, Biedrins leaves the Warriors as the franchise’s all-time leader in career field-goal percentage (.594), and ranks fifth on their all-time list for both offensive rebounds (1,118) and blocked shots (580). He is the second player in NBA history to hail from Latvia, following Gundars Vetra, who played 13 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1992-93.

Jefferson (6-7, 230, Arizona) owns career averages of 15.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 32.6 minutes in 852 games (695 starts) over 13 seasons with New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Golden State. He also has appeared in 101 career playoff contests (71 starts) with the Nets, Spurs and Warriors, averaging 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.9 minutes and twice advancing to the NBA Finals (with New Jersey in 2002 and 2003). Originally drafted by Houston in the first round (13th overall pick) of the 2001 NBA Draft, Jefferson finished second in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2002 and has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times in over the course of his career.

Rush (6-6, 210, Kansas) has appeared in 291 career games (105 starts) over five seasons with Indiana and Golden State, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.8 minutes. In 105 career starts, he owns averages of 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists while hitting .402 from long range. Rush appeared in just two games for the Warriors in 2012-13 after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee on November 2, 2012 in a game vs. Memphis. He had shot over .410 from three-point range in each of the previous three seasons (2009-12), one of only three players in the NBA to accomplish to do so during that span (Stephen Curry, Kyle Korver). In 2011-12 he also became just the 19th player in NBA history to shoot above 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc in the same season (among qualifiers). Rush was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft after helping lead Kansas to a national championship his junior year of college (2007-08).

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