Actually, TheHailstorm is half right. Anyone who thinks Deron was going to sign
an extension next year is up in the night. I really, like D-Will but without
him giving a strong indication that he would be back, the move was essential to
the future of the Jazz. At best the Jazz had a 50/50 chance of getting him to
sign a long term extension, and in a small market that isn't good enough. Ask
Cleveland how the whole "wait and see" approach is going these days.
The Jazz now have 4 lottery picks (Favors #3, Hayward #9, Nets 2011 currently
#6, and Warriors 2012) in 3 consecutive years, along with their own picks.
Couple that with AK's ridiculous contract coming off the books this year and the
Jazz are in for a fun off season. In addition, they can move Okur's expiring
contract next year for talent, and/or trade Millsap for very good talent.Don't be shortsighted when looking at this trade. The Jazz are not
better today then they were yesterday, but they are probably in a better
position going forward then they EVER have been.
TheHailstorm is optimistic but not overly logical; the players' quotes are all
positive spin, but unconvincing. The one bright spot I see on this page is Al
Jefferson. But I feel bad for him, too. Earlier this season his excitement at
playing for Coach Sloan and with DWill was palpable, and now it's all crumbled.
Still, I love his attitude: he's only stumbled once, right after Coach left, but
he's come back stronger than ever. Bless him.As far as all the talk
about "he would've left anyway," the thinking doesn't hold. By that I
should reconstruct my life on hunches. My wive and I argued a few times this
past year, so I ought to cut my losses and file divorse papers before she does
it first. I also had open-heart surgery, but statistically I would've been much
smarter to beat the inevitable and kill myself then and avoid the trauma. I
lost money in the stock market; guess I should've pulled out forever. And my
neighbor has a temper problem and gets in fights; maybe I should shoot him dead
now, before he does it to me. Crazy.
I see nothing but an upside to this trade. In my opinion, we would have lost
Deron anyway and the move brought in money, players, and draft picks.I look at
OKC .. they had to change and go with a whole new team and they are doing very
well now. KOC did his job and is a very good manager in a tough position.
Patience is time well spent and the fans of the Jazz just have to be patient as
they rebuild the future.Favors is only 19 and could develop into a good player
as the coaches work with him, including Hornececk getting him a mi-range jump
shot like he did with Millsap.The Jazz didn't have a first round pick and now
they could be in the lottery again this year. KOC and the scouting staff found
Millsap @ #47 and Mathews wasn't even drafted, so I think the future is bright
as the new players and rookies get playing time and develop team-work among the
group. 3 years from now should be enough time to have a solid team that works
well with each other. Just give them time.