Wheeling and dealing out West: Grading Western Conference teams' shuffling rosters
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SALT LAKE CITY — When the Utah Jazz traded to bring Mo Williams back into the fold, general manager Kevin O’Connor made a simple assessment about his team. "I think," he said, "we've gotten better." Since then, the Jazz traded for forward Marvin Williams -- arguably a step up from Josh Howard and C.J. Miles -- while sending Devin Harris to Atlanta. Though speedy and at times prolific offensively, Harris never quite fully clicked as far as being a consistent playmaker and scorer after replacing Deron Williams a year and a half ago. So, it is indeed possible that O'Connor is right -- that the Jazz have gotten better with those two moves of bringing in the familiar Mo Williams and a hungry Marvin Williams. Whether it's slightly better or significantly better is in the TBD file, of course. The Jazz aren't the only ones who've done some wheeling, dealing and drafting to change the makeup of their roster. The Western Conference didn't win the NBA Finals this past season, but so far it looks like it will still be loaded come next year. Here's a look at some of the comings and goings teams out West have made up to this point during the offseason (with credit going to HoopsHype.com for compiling the merry-go-round list of players):
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