Utah Jazz: GM Dennis Lindsey on why no deadline deal was made
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz did not make a deadline-day trade.
Though Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, among others, surfaced in rumors leading up to the player personnel movement cutoff point, the Jazz did not pull off a trade and will remain the same for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
It wasn't, however, because of a lack of options.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said the team made many good deals by simply saying, "No." Utah's front office weighed the "value proposition" of various offers and decided that the organization wouldn't receive enough in return for the assets it has.
"We really didn't even have any tough decisions," Lindsey said Tuesday afternoon after the 1 p.m. MST trade deadline passed.
"We were very strong in pursuing that (deals)," he added. "But when we added it up there wasn't anything that was better than what we had."
In regards to multiple rumors and reports, Lindsey said, "A lot of stuff that was out there was completely inaccurate."
Lindsey said Jazz were "negotiating from a position of strength," adding that one reason for trade inactivity was that he "didn't inherit a mess." Utah is 31-24 and has won 12 of 17 games with a roster chock full of promising players and young talent.
The lack of deals means this offseason will be a wild one for the Jazz, who currently have nine players with expiring contracts. Marvin Williams has a player option, meaning Utah could lose 10 players off of this version of the team.
"We have a lot of players that want to be back," Lindsey said.
The biggest name to be traded today was Orlando sending sharpshooter J.J. Reddick to Milwaukee in a multi-team deal, according to multiple national publications.
Though many believed he'd be moved, exiled Jazz guard Raja Bell was not expecting to be moved.
"Probably not," Herb Rudoy, Bell's agent, told the Deseret News an hour before the deadline.
Rudoy said he has "no idea" whether the Jazz will waive Bell or let him and his $3.5 million contract remain on the roster.
Lindsey declined to comment on the Jazz's plans for Bell.
The Jazz GM also compared getting Gordon Hayward back and Mo Williams' impending return as successful "trade acquisitions."
"Early returns on that were good," Lindsey said regarding Hayward's 17-point return in Tuesday's 115-101 win over Golden State.
Lindsey added that Williams has been "diligent" in his rehab and said the point guard, who's returned to practice, "seems to be on track or ahead of track to come back."
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