Utah Jazz: Summer was a season of change

Published: Sunday, Sept. 29 2013 8:24 a.m. MDT

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Letting the veterans float away like driftwood wasn’t the only sign this Jazz ship was sailing in a new direction. Utah’s management left behind wake of shock when it brought aboard Golden State outcasts Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush in a big three-way trade.

The Jazz bid farewell to Foye, who broke 3-point-shooting records last season, and to second-round draft pick Kevin Murphy in the deal with the Warriors and Nuggets.

In return, Utah picked up the three expiring contracts of Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush to meet minimum salary requirements for 2013-14, a boatload of future draft picks (first-rounders from Warriors in 2014 and ’17 and three second-round selections) and a chunk of change.

Jazz brass are hopeful the three incoming ex-Warriors will resurrect their careers.

"We needed size. We needed shooting," Lindsey said in July. "Clearly, what we had on our roster after the draft, we needed some experience. We checked a few boxes there."

Another checked box? Their addition helps open up more playing time for youngsters who could be the franchise’s future cornerstones.

"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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Hyrum, UT

Sometimes an organization has to take one step back in order to then take two (or maybe even three) steps forward. I'm actually quite excited for this experiment and for the longer term plan now in process... and whole-heartedly support it. Bigger dividends down the road trumps a smaller payout now. Patience fellow fans. Please proceed!

Roy, UT

Thanks for the article, timeline. Football still King now, but I'll definitely be interested in any news of development the Jazz may bring starting Tuesday. It appears the team is putting a lot of trust in the newly hired leaders, in their plans to get better. For many of us its just a wait and see thing, as all the other NBA teams also work to improve and move up in the standings.

South Weber, UT

I am going to miss a few of the outgoing "vets" and especially Horny but I don't know if I've ever been as excited for a season to begin. Win or lose, the Jazz win and there should be some exciting, youthful play this year. Follow this season up with great anticipation and high expectation for next year's draft and free-agent market-- the Jazz are at the doorstep of great times!

Captain L
Provo, UT

Very excited to see how much improvement the core youngsters show , I feel Kanter, Favors and Hayward should show they can be almost All Star or close to it in talent , it may take some time but as long as they compete and improve I'll be able to handle the losses. If they can be as good as we think they can be they should win more than a lot of people think. With this draft being as talented as it appears to be , I would be fine with finishing in the bottom 5 or so but on the other hand that would probably mean the core 5 youngsters weren't improving much and I don't want them to accept losing, I hope they improve enough to be able to compete with most of the teams in the league, even if they end up losing close games. It's time to get playing. Go Jazz

Cottonwood, CA

Gee ,I can't understand why everyone hates Isaiah Thomas. Good player,horrific gm and coach.

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