Utah Jazz: Why the Jazz traded for Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush
Not to forget, the Jazz also wanted to add veterans and shooters to complement their young guns for this season. That's where Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush come into the equation.
Lindsey didn't claim it was a perfect solution. But, he added, "We checked a few boxes there."
Eligible roster? Flexibility uncompromised? Added experience and shooting?
Check, check and check.
Excitement in Jazzland over these veterans?
Check back on that.
Concerns about these three particular players are understandable. After all, Rush missed almost all of 2012-13 because of knee surgery, while Jefferson and Biedrens combined to score 3.6 points and grab 4.4 rebounds last season for the Warriors. Don't expect any marketing plans to be built around that productivity.
Even so, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin acted enthusiastic about his new old men.
"They're veterans, guys who've been around this league," Corbin said after his team finished its schedule at the Orlando Pro Summer League. "You look at our roster and they're probably going to be the three older statesmen of the team. We're excited to have them."
The 33-year-old Jefferson will especially feel old amongst his new team, considering Burke, 20, was only 8 years old when he started his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in 2001. (The 27-year-old Biedrins is two months older than the oldest Jazz returnee, by the way.)
Another hint this trade wasn't about the Golden State cast-offs?
It's still uncertain whether or not the Jazz will even have an introductory press conference for Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush.
Now that the draft and summer league are in the rear-view mirror, Corbin hopes to meet soon with Jefferson and Biedrins so they can begin determining "where they fit in with us." He also wants to make sure they formulate a good plan to have both vets come into fall camp in great shape and "ready to go."
Rush's situation is a bit different because he is rehabbing from mid-January ACL surgery after injuring his left knee in the second game of the 2012-13 season on Nov. 2. His camp expects the 28-year-old to be 100 percent when the Jazz reconvene in late September.
Lindsey, openly giddy about the other aspects of the trade, is optimistic that this portion of the deal might pay off.
"We hope that Andris can re-create himself. We hope Richard can extend his career past this season," Lindsey said. "We look forward to rehabbing Brandon Rush and getting him back on the court, so he can shoot 40 percent on threes."
Jefferson does bring in a career scoring average of 15.0 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting, so it's possible he could find time behind Hayward and rehabbing Marvin Williams. The 7-foot Biedrins has totaled 6.4 points and 7.1 rebounds an outing over his nine-year career, and it's certainly plausible that he could get minutes with Favors and Kanter.
If this were 2009, Jazz fans might be ecstatic. Biedrins averaged a double-double of 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds for the Warriors that season, while the 6-foot-7 Jefferson put up 22.6 points a night in 2007-08 and 19.6 points per outing in 2008-09.
Rush, who recently turned 28, has had ACL tears in both knees, but he's also been reliable from outside when healthy. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard's career, 41.3 percent shooting from 3-point range is better than Foye (37.7 percent), Raja Bell (40.7 percent) and Mehmet Okur (37.5 percent) and a shade under Kyle Korver (41.9 percent).
"We added veterans that are big for their positions. They can shoot the ball when left open," Lindsey said. "All three guys are high character, which adds quality."
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