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Offseason grades for all 30 NBA teams

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12 2014 9:58 a.m. MDT

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The Wizards had a great season last year by going to the Eastern Conference semifinals. They have a young team with playoff experience, and should be ready to gear up for another run.

One question mark for the Wizards has been their lack of a true veteran leader, and this offseason, Washington addressed that question by signing Paul Pierce. Pierce, an NBA champion, will give them championship experience, veteran leadership and a go-to scorer, all of which will make the Wizards a better team.

Washington lost Ariza and Booker, but signed Humphries and DeJuan Blair to fill the void left behind. The team also retained Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden.

It is sad that the Wizards lost Ariza, especially when he ended up signing for slightly more than Washington was offering, but the addition of Pierce definitely fills that gap and gives them a strong presence in the starting lineup.

Grade: B

You can follow Mitch Kunzler on Twitter at @MitchKunzler.



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Ben H
Clearfield, UT

Am I the only one disappointed with the way the Jazz took care of business in the off-season. I expect the final result will be just as poor, if not worse than last season. They failed to acquire the player who can make that immediate positive impact.

Man in Charge
Chihuahua, 00

Ben H

I'm pretty sure Lebron was waiting by his phone for Dennis Lindsey to call him. The Jazz can't get the free agents you want because they are a rebuilding team.

Tajemnica
Santa Monica, CA

@Man in Charge

Being a rebuilding team has nothing to do with why the Jazz couldn't sign Lebron. That would be the perfect time to sign a superstar as many other decent players would be likely to follow. Cleveland was a rebuilding team until he signed with them and they have been for the last few years. Now many predict them to win the championship. The Jazz don't have the resources or popularity to sign a superstar like James. They do not have enough money as he would take up most of it. They do not play in a large enough market. There are no connections that James has to Utah like he does Ohio and they simply aren't a popular enough team. How many fans of the Jazz are there outside of Utah and Idaho? Not many. (and most of those who are have significant ties to Utah.)

Tajemnica
Santa Monica, CA

The only way the Jazz will land a mega superstar is to sign them before they are a star or draft and develop them from the beginning. See: John Stockton/Karl Malone.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

I give the Jazz an A. Baring injury they will win this year. I will know not to read anything by Kunzler after this.

White Sir
Salt Lake City, UT

Are the Utah Jazz a basketball team, though?

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

How did you give the Heat an A?
Bosh is way over paid, they resigned Wade who will be in a resthome soon.

Heat will be lucky to be in top 4 in East next year (even in a horrible Eastern Conference).

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

I would give them an A for the draft and and F for the free agency signings. Hood is going to be very good. Exum could be a star. That's all you can expect for the draft. But the Jazz did nothing to make their team better for next year. Hayward was an awful signing. Deng would have been a much better deal and a better player. Hayward proved he is not a go-to player. Max money ridiculous. Unless Kanter and Favors are all-stars, this team is worse than last year's team.

crowhawk
south Jordan, UT

I also liked the Jazz draft choices. I would give them an A for the draft. And the worst rating possible for the free agency. I suppose that is why he gave them a C. I would not have taken Hayward if had accepted half the money he was offered. He does not help the team, shot 30% from 3 point and something like 41 percent from the field, both close to the worst in the league! He does not make great decisions with the ball. This was during a contract year! Imagine now that he doesn't have to worry about a contract for the next 4 years. Stupid money decision. I suspect Hood will take over in close games because he can shoot. Hayward will not even be starting in 2 years!

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

Breaking news: looks like the Jazz will be signing Toure Murry away from the Knicks. I read he is a very athletic combo guard that's a free agent but the Knicks really wanted to resign him. The Heat and Lakers wanted him too. He really tore it up in summer league and it just sounds impressive to grab a player from under the nose of some big market teams. Yeah!!

Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

Since LHM and Sloan moved on to bigger and better things, the jazz have failed at everything. Three reasons. 1. Owners unwilling to pony up cash beyond the salary cap. 2. Trading away the talent because they were too expensive. 3. Keeping the old coach for far too many seasons.

Even with a new coach and another top draft pick, I expect this team to be a sub 40 win team. The new coach is unproven in the NBA, and he was shamed in the NCAA. So ...we can all hope things get turned around and the Jazz find a way to win.

TruthWins
Austin, TX

"When considering what Utah did with the picks it had (fifth and 23rd overall), the Jazz may have had the best draft in the league"

Whoa Nellie, I bet you said the same thing when they drafted Burk and Kantor and my has that draft been a huge waste of top picks.
The Jazz will still be claiming that fans just need to be patient with their youth movement when Gordo is collecting Social Security. If you love the thrill of hoping to make a run at the last playoff position, you and the Jazz are in for a lengthy affair.
We saw a repeat of the poor decision to max pay AK-47, with Hayward, along with a few years of throwing away productive players like Jefferson and others, and then signing other teams past draft lottery picks found to be busts. The "system" isn't working, although I'm certain 30-40 Kool-Aid drinkers will follow my comment, trashing my logic and expressing faith in the "youth movement".

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