Utah Jazz: Ready or not, Jr. Jazz movement is here after draft, trade
Lindsey said the Jazz will "let the dust settle a little bit" while evaluating the group of players currently playing in the Orlando Pro Summer league. It's possible Utah could engage in more trades to bring in players from teams looking to dump salaries now that the NBA's salary cap has been set at $59.679 million and the luxury tax threshold fixed at $71.748 million for next season.
Utah currently has about $52 million on its payroll next season, so it has room to grow and absorb expiring deals without taking a tax hit.
"We've jumped in the deep end of the pool as far as being aggressive in asset accumulation and we'll continue to look at that," Lindsey said. "We're uniquely positioned relative to the market to provide relief to take on contracts and pick up something for doing so."
A lot of wins likely won't be included in the group of something the Jazz might pick up next season. The makeup of this roster and much-ballyhooed flexibility are enticing for the distant future, but fans need to brace themselves for a rough short-term stretch.
Of course, you won't hear anybody from the Jazz admit that outright.
Even if Utah loses, it might win by getting a high lottery pick in the 2014 draft that will include potential game-changers like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart, Julius Randle and so on.
"The Utah Jazz, as you know the history, we're never going to cede anything," Lindsey said. "We're going to compete to the best of our ability."
The organization, he added, is banking on continuing to keep its historical home-court advantage while fans embrace the young guys and veterans that've been added.
"Instead of getting into win-loss totals, we're going to talk about building a defensive foundation," Lindsey said. "We're going to talk about the continuance of the development of our young players and the players that we've added."
The Jazz remain hopeful Biedrins and Jefferson (even Marvin Williams) reverse the course of their fading careers and that Rush recovers from last fall's ACL surgery to become an effective outside shooter again.
However, what matters most is the continued development of the players they added in this draft, the 2010 draft (Hayward), the 2011 draft (Kanter and Burks) and the Deron Williams trade (Favors).
"We needed to find out what this young group could do," Lindsey said, "and then we can make decisions from there, and we'll live with the results."
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