Utah Jazz: Getting to know new point guard Devin Harris


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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 7, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    why do we want to go into the playoffs when we know we would be a first round exit team...you dont play to get into the playoffs for the sake of going to the playoffs...you get there when you know you have a decent shot...i say...start Harris Hayward Evans Favors Al Jeff...give them at least 25 mins a game...till the end of the season...give the same minutes or more to CJ...just to let the other teams know what he is capable of...then trade him...trade Bell...if minnesota wants him...get ellington or wesley johnson...trade CJ to Tony Allen...if memphis would fall for it...

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 7, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    @ JFFR,the only real centers we have are Elson and Fes,Elson is a career backup,good in spots,Fes once again we just don`t know enough to decide,he is good and he is bad,but we really need to find out about him,also Memo has played alot of 5,but he is really a typical Euro center plays outside rather than back to the basket and if we could team him with a Millsap or AJ that could work,until you get to teams like the Lakers...

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 7, 2011 4:52 p.m.


    I am ok with not making playoffs this year for the following reasons

    Best we could do is 6, 7 or 8 - which = fodder against Spurs, LA & Dallas this year - 1st round exit
    We also lose our 1st round draft pick No13 at the moment to the wolves re AJ trade

    Miss playoffs we get Nets 1st pick & keep ours which on current standings this gives us pick 6 & pick 13

    and with Golden states first pick and ours next year as well - hopefully we can get some solid players

    My thoughts anyway - But will always support the Jazz and hope we beat the Knicks tonight

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    March 7, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Milsap is the persona of this team. You lose him, you lose toughness, hard work, and dedication.
    Bad at defense? He leads the team in steals. Top 5 in blocks on the team. Leads the team in FG %.
    Monster scorer. Look for him to start shooting that 3 ball next year

    Fes needs to go. Tomic should come in.
    Get a big-man coach for Favors over the summer.
    Hornacek to help Devin, Hayward, and Evans shoot better.

    All the team needs now is a prolific and consisten 3 point shooter that is not CJ or Raja.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    I find it interesting that Jazz fans are okay with not making the playoffs this year.

    I'm hoping they do but I won't be too sad if they don't.

    @Houdini- I don't know much about Euro ball, so I appreciate your perspective. I've been hopeful for Fes, but he's not very good at finishing plays. Offensively he misses too many dunks and forces too many passes. I love the guy, but with Favors I don't think we'll need him (I'd keep him for cheap, but I think I'd really rather have Elson closing out a game then Fes.)

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see how Harris leads the team next year. I hope the Jazz don't make the playoffs and get as many high draft picks as possible. Start over and build with youth.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 7, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Tomic,from what I`ve seen he has some nice moves on the offensive side,not much of a defender or rebounder,(he`s about 9`6 and weighs 193 lbs soaking wet)and remember he`s playing EURO ball,that doesn`t always translate to success in the NBA

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 7, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    ED,Watson is ok,nothing against him,but if we could upgrade it`ll help us,think of some of the backups,Barea,Lawson,Blake,G Hill,just think those are better than Watson,as far as Fes,I just have not seen enough to decide one way or another,big guys typically take longer to develope,and this guy is BIG

  • SnipeHookyoFace Farmington, UT
    March 7, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Trade Okur if you can and keep MILLSAP! He is the toughest guy on this team and if you trade him you might as well play the Lottery the next 5 years.

    Cut your losses with Miles, don't pick up his option. Trade Bell this off-season to Minnesota since they wanted him during the season. Get rid of Okur if you can and bring in a SG for his Salary and re-sign AK for 5-6, which will leave the Jazz with about 10-12 mil. I'd only trade Millsap for a guy like Bogut. Centers are hard to come by, it would be nice to get a Bogut but you'd have to give up Al/Millsap and a first rounder most likely.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    March 7, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    You don't want Watson as backup pg?

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Great article. I have been saying if DWill is a 10 then Harris is an 8 and comes at half the price. I think I might have been wrong, he might be a 9.

    Favors has the potential to be a 10 and 2 first round picks...not a bad trade! :)

    @The Great Houdini, how many more chances does Fes deserve? He's done. If the Jazz can keep him for about a million, then he's nice to have around, but there's not need for him next year. Especially if we bring in Tomic and he's halfway decent.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 7, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    Sorry folks,I forgot Fes on my list,but it seems the coaching staff have also forgotten him.I`ve seen him play and at times he does good things other times he stumbles around like a drunken sailor,but I`d like to know for sure,can the guy play or not? Ostertag got 10 years to prove he was so-so-,miles has had years to show his stuff(not much),give Fes a real shot or send him down the road

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    March 7, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Keep Harris,Millsap,AK,(if possible),AJ,Favors,and Hayward...the rest ...good luck and adios

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    March 7, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Fantastic article. Well done Jody.

    Welcome to Utah, Devin. If you're willing to give your basketball heart to us Jazz fans, we'll return the honor. We pine for the days of John Stockton who endeared himself to us by giving his all to the Jazz and enjoying his time in Utah.

    I'm looking forward to the next two seasons!!! Go JAZZ!!!!!!!!

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    March 7, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Great article. I think Harris is going to be a really great player for the Jazz. I wish him all the good fortune in the world. Never give up, JAZZ!!

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    March 7, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    if they trade al or sap they won't be winning many games next year

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    March 7, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    Again... No team is in safe position 5 thru 9. A lot could happen. Chris Paul just got hurt. Jazz play New Orleans two more times. Jazz play the Nuggets one more time. Denver lost their last game, they should have lost the last two. I assume they will be coming back to earth shortly. Phoenix is toss up as well. Jazz are done with them but the sun's play Denver once and New Orleans three more times. And to top it off The Jazz play Memphis one more time with the Grizzlies having have a tough schedule ahead.

    A break here or there and the Jazz are back in this. I think they have a good chance of getting better from here on out. I have felt they are just one solid win or two away from breaking it open. I hope so. To not believe right now I think is silly.

    Go Jazz

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    March 7, 2011 5:38 a.m.

    Good interview...apparently Devin really enjoys life and helping others. I remember when he was with Dallas and Utah had real trouble guarding him. Hope he stays awhile. As for the upcoming draft, Utah probably won't have a shot at Kyrie Irving, PG from Duke, but might go for Kemba Walker from Connecticut, although he is small. I'm guessing, though, that they will draft for another position and try for a PG next year.

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    March 7, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    if we get the players the espn draft currently predicts - Harrison Barnes & Jimmer - will need a starting SG - if CJ doesn't smarten up - Players i see that are up grabs or out are - Bell, Memo, Elson, Price, Fes and depending the potential trade for the right SG or C - Evans, Hayward, AJ & Millsap - To me the only keepers are Harris, CJ (if consistent - will be cheap @ 3.7m team option), Watson, Favors, Hayward, Evans, AK (at the right price)& AJ
    1st unit Harris, ? , Hayward/Barnes, Favors & AJ - bench Watson/Jimmer, CJ, AK/Evans, Milsap , Tomic

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 7, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    @CJ Miles

    i agree...a defensive C who is not a liability in the offense is needed...i see Millsap or Memo going...if the Jazz picks Kanter on the draft...i'd rather trade millsap for a wing...maybe to milwaukee for a first round draft pick and say...CDR or Delfino or Salmons?...AK i think they'll sign him back for cheap...Tomic is not a defensive C....im just hoping for a brighter future...

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    March 6, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    No Dwill but I think he is one of the better point guards in the league. Much cheaper than Dwill which allows the organization to sign another good player.

    The Jazz need some defenders on the team who can score. Not easy to find.

    AJ, Millsap and Favors.....One of them needs to go. Memo needs to go. AK needs to go.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    March 6, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    It sounds like if commitment is made to Devin he is the kind of person that would also make a commitment. There is no question Jazz Nation has had their heads spinning with the coaching change and trade. With Ty at the helm and with players under contract, hopefully we can get back to more wins and the playoffs especially with Devin Harris at point guard. The next big step will be the collective bargaining agreement. Hopefully both sides will come to the realization it is in their best interest's to find a solution. This time the health of the NBA is at stake. The fans at the games have been great. Let's keep it up to show support for the hustle and heart of this Jazz team. Go Jazz!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 6, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    welcome Devin

    hope you enjoy your stay in Utah