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Published: Wednesday, June 2 2010 11:08 p.m. MDT

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Monty Montana

I traveled to Utah from Montana for 7 years for work and consider Salt Lake a second home and all you crazy Mormons like an extended dysfunctional family. I love your infatuation for the game of Basketball!

plyxply

I appreciate the comments Rosenberg made about us being weird here, hopefully people everywhere will take it to heart and stay wherever they are and only visit a few times a year to ski and spend their money.

blauch

Miami

They have the most cap space available. 8 million in contracts. Add their rookie that is 10 million.

Add Wade being resigned (17 Million - max money)

It is at 27 million. Cap is 59 Million. That leaves them with 5 players and 32 million of cap space.

They can go 2 ways - Sign 2 max players - Let say it is Boozer and Stoudemire and ask them to take 16 million (which is 1 million less than the 17 million max they can sign for). The problem with this is that they cannot sign any other player over the league minimum (players like Gains). Any Mid Level exception, resigning their own players all cut into the cap.

Other way to go is - sign one player at Max - Boozer or Stoudemire they still have 15 million to fill out a roster. O'neal, Haslem, Richardson, Arroyo, but all will eat into that free agent money.

So Boozer knows this. The Jazz since they have the bird right can just sign Boozer - go over the cap. They can also pay him the most 10% increase instead of 8% increase per year

TRUTH

How can a nation not tolerate asking a Mexican for his drivers license for fear of racial profiling, but yet allow a bigotted jewish radio host to slander 12 million people?

utefanforlife

Religious bigotry is alive and well in America, and Rosenberg is a religious bigot. Talk about painting with a broad brush. We could just as easily say, "Miami's a horrible place to live... horrible, there are so many Jews down there!" I would never say that, its contrary to the way I was raised, but that is in effect what he is saying.

Wookie

So he defends the State of Utah, and yet the fans hate on him. Who now has the integrity? Thank you Boozer.

NedGrimley

Hmmm. Rosenberg and religious bigotry. I'm wondering how the change in response would be nationwide if the wording and/or location were changed a little: "But those (Insert ANY other religious group here - Jews/Muslims/Christians) are crazy, aren't they?"

"But those politicians are crazy, aren't they? I mean, the polit ... ?" (Oh wait, that one wouldn't be a big deal....)

blauch

Miami cont.

I would try to sign 3 max player. Next year you can use your mid level exception to build a team.
Watch Miami and see if they trade their first round pick - that will tell you a lot.

The real question is how much are teams really willing to pay Boozer.

If you spend max money on a player - can they really take you to the championship. Will Miami, New Jersey, New York be willing to fill up the cap space on a player like Boozer. Boozer feels he is a 17 million type player. Other teams may think he is only 14 million. The Jazz have their number.

What team is really willing to pay Boozer the most money.

The Jazz really lost a lot of flexibility when they resigned Okur. I love Okur, but that resigning was a huge mistake. They could have resigned him now for much less (even if he was not injured)

The Jazz would have been under the Luxury threshold, and would have been able to find a team over the cap that

byronbca

Re LargeTuna:

So your argument is that bigotry and perhaps racism is okay as long as it’s in the name of ratings?

Seriously?

GreatJazzMan

No chance Tomic comes over before next year. Jazz Source and JFFR are correct- he is a bean pole- but an awfully good bean pole. Yall gotta realize that he other than about an inch taller, he has the same stats as Gasol when he came into the league. One more year in the best league in Europe should give him more experience and hopefully add some lbs to his frame.

Source said what I have been saying for years- I love Boozers and Okurs game but they essentially play the same position (PF NOT CENTER). Although they often play well together, we are not a championship caliber defensive team with both of them on the floor. Depending on how Memo comes back from his injury, we really only need one of them, not both (although it would be nice to start one at PF and bring the other off the bench).

That said, if the Jazz play this draft right and bring over a (hopefully) heavier, older, more experienced Tomic next year, they will be in serious contention for a title.

blauch

Miami cont.

For example - Let say Orlando feels Boozer is the best big to play with Howard. He a great rebounder so teams can't double team Howard on every rebound. He can hit a 15 footer. The Jazz would do a sign and trade for Gortot, Pietrus and Ryan Anderson and a future first round pick. Give the Jazz height, a better shooting guard and a young player.

Or Charlotte - Who has 4 shot blockers but no post players: Chandler, Diop, Mohammad, Ratlef,

Sign and trade Boozer for a sign and trade Tryus Thomas at 7 million a year(Young and extremely talented), with Diop and their first round pick.

But because of either of these move take the Jazz over the Luxury Cap it make it difficult for the Jazz to do it.

What the Jazz cannot do is resign Boozer to a long contract at a really high price. 15 Million +. Because it take them out of the flexibility to make a good deal with AK expiring contract.

Raider

Sounds like Booz has learned a lot about PR. He might want to share that knowledge with CJ...

"...Jazz swingman CJ Miles went on KESN-FM radio in Dallas to talk about the Lakers series and dangle out the possibility of one day donning an NBA uniform in the Metroplex:

"I definitely would want to do that at one point in my career."

As for what it would take to make it happen?

"I don't know. I guess I'd have to be free and, if they were interested, I'd definitely take it into high consideration."

He could have gone with the company line of "I want to retire a Jazzman," so it's always refreshing to hear even this little morsel of truth out of an NBA player."

At least Booz had an option when he campaigned to get out of SLC. Nice one CJ.

Raider

danonthestreet /news/2010/05/07/cj-miles-wants-to-be-a-maverick-someday

GreatJazzMan

No chance Tomic comes over before next year. Jazz Source and JFFR are correct- he is a bean pole- but an awfully good bean pole. Yall gotta realize that he other than about an inch taller, he has the same stats as Gasol when he came into the league. One more year in the best league in Europe should give him more experience and hopefully add some lbs to his frame.

Source said what I have been saying for years- I love Boozers and Okurs game but they essentially play the same position (PF NOT CENTER). Although they often play well together, we are not a championship caliber defensive team with both of them on the floor. Depending on how Memo comes back from his injury, we really only need one of them, not both (although it would be nice to start one at PF and bring the other off the bench).

That said, if the Jazz play this draft right and bring over a (hopefully) heavier, older, more experienced Tomic next year, they will be in serious contention for a title.

patriot

Yes those crazy Mormons. Darn it all they make life so miserable for everyone who comes the state. It's hard in public for your kids ya know to see those old Mormon men with their string of 20 wives tailing behind them in long dresses and bonnets. And then they harass you on the street corners and yell at you as you are going work and just make so hard....

Good grief, this is the 21 century and the LDS Church is nearly 15 million with more members outside the US than within. Members consist of professional athletes to congressmen and governors to basically every profession you can imagine. Most who know Mormons all say they are the most Christian people they know who try to adhere to a belief and the teachings of Jesus Christ than any other people. Some people need to wake up and set aside old , out dated prejudices and misconceptions.

MWCandUtahFan

wow, was not much of a defense...he is much better on the court then in front of a microphone!

no worries, after living in 7 other states and 6 countries I can say that Utah is great in comparison! Plenty to do outside, no traffic woes (certainly none compared to my former Houston or San Fran commutes), diverse economy, and great caring neighbors!

Thanks for making room for me Utah! I am really enjoying it here.

Iggle

This is easy to clarify. Just call or e-mail Mr. Rosenberg's show and tell him how people are leaving the LDS Church in droves, and how Salt Lake City isn't even majority LDS. I've seen that comment on many other threads.

Or is that party line only reserved for "LDS Church enjoys growth" articles and not meant for "Utah is a terrible place to live" articles?

JFFR

Calling Mormons crazy is not the equivalent of what Imus said and should not be mentioned in the same sentence. (It is interesting to note that Rosenberg used to be on Imus's show. Rosenberg has said MUCH worse than this, we shouldn't be offended.)


Quit being sensitive. Mormons have been called much worse and by far better people. We won't change the public's perception by freaking out every time someone calls us something we don't like.

lin

"Not that bad..." I'll agree with that statement and take it as a compliment!

Mike in Texas

Sports aside, and like it or not, there is a negative public perception of the state which is largely grounded in a public preception of a lockstep right wing nut approach to religion and politics. I am living in Texas now and will retire to my homestate next year. But I have lived all over this country, and it pains me to see how Utahn's and Mormons are percieved. But I must tell you, the nation has some good reasons to view us the way they do. It's good when someone from outside will speak out against the bigotry. Good for Boozer. Hope the Jazz can keep him and complete the roster so that we can compete against the "big market" teams.

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