If you could get Miles and AK for the same amount of money and had to choose
which one would you pick? I think that is what the front office is going
Well, the Jazz just freed about $17 million in salary cap space. AK's contract is history!!!!! This was the single biggest obstacle to the
Jazz winning a championship. Its gone!!!! Let's throw some sort of
If the Jazz can get AK for less than 6 Mill they are going to take him. They
will probably keep CJ at 3.7. I expect AK to get more than a 6 Mill offer as he
tends to win games for the Jazz when he is healthy. The draft will
tell a lot about the future of the Jazz. They actually need a consistent
shooting SG (Hayward and CJ are good at times). They need a PG who shoots a
decent percentage and who can also run the team. Harris and Watson are weak on
shooting percentage. They may need an SF if AK does not return.
Millsap is really a 4. Evans should be a 3 but needs a lot of work. Hayward/CJ
are better at the 2.Some combo of (not in particular order)Kanter,
Burkes, Knight, Jimmer or one of the SFs could be interesting. I am not sold on
Kanter's knees. Burkes has promise. I think both Knight and Jimmer will make
good/decent PGs. I am not sure which SFs are actually in the draft who would be
good for Utah.Quality depth is a major issue for Utah.
I've always wondered if there's a Jazz conspiracy where they trade Deron for
Devin, Favors, and the draft picks knowing he was in a contract year. Then Deron
would not sign with Nets and come back to Utah. Probably not...but its always
been in the back of my mind.
@Anonigmait pops in my head too...Deron hasn't signed an extension
Having been a loyal Jazz fan for 30+ years, I have yet to see anyone say what is
really holding the Jazz back. It's the fans. Now, Mr. Deseret News monitor,
before you delete this, I mean the size of the fan base, not the loyalty and the
fervor of the Utah fans. Think about it: When was the last time a small market
team won the NBA championship? The 1979 SuperSonics. Now the NBA allows the big
market teams to outbid the small market teams, and if that doesn't work they
always have control of the officials. (Remember the Jazz were whistled for fouls
at a 2-1 ratio when they played the Bulls in the finals)
@anonigma.. lol. i liked that
Yeah that would be so awesome if DWIll did come back to Utah after his contract
ran out but then no one would ever deal with Utah again.
Kanter is fine, he has not played all year. Also for the sf out there u could go
with Jones from KY. I would love to see the jazz get the 1st and 12th pick with
the 1st pick I would take williams out of AZ and with the 12th pick or higher
depending on how the lottery goes would love knight out of KY
AK has been really injury prone the lat 2 years of his contract and his bones
are not getting younger. When he drives inside a teenager can steal the ball
from him. The number of blocks he gets has dropped significantly as his overall
health has deteriorated. Management needs to take a realistic look at him
before signing him again.Mr eye dee ten tee if you watch the NBA
then you would note that the last time a smaller market team was the SPurs and
they won it again and again, no matter how many fouls were called against
them.Matchups are key in the league. There have been mentions of
Jimmer on the team and the team would have to trade many players to accomodate a
Ferdette as Millsap cannot guard 1 player really well let alone 2. Jefferson is
also still learning what defense is all about. In the NBA whichever
team drafts Jimmer will have to be a defensive giant as the parity is high and
each team can take advantage of another team's weakness.The Jazz
should have cash to shop in a less costlier market come this fall.
After six years...we know what cj can/can't do...maybe we should give someone
else a try...I am sure glad we have Haywood though!....He and Favors
are two of the best young players in the league.
@AnonigmaYou know I've always thought that was a possability! D-will
seemed to actually like it here in Utah, and now that they have some quality
players, I could see him returning. A D-will and Harris backcourt would be
phenomenal! @T-RoyI'm hoping we get the 1st pick! That
would be amazing! But considering the players we already have, I think O-conner
would either pick Barnes or Irving with that pick. With our second pick I would
love to see us grab either Knight, Walker or jones if they're available of
course! I'm impartial about Jimmer, because I think he could hold his own, and
he would be a dead eye from 3-point land. Would really like to see him and
Hayward on the wings....it would spread the floor beautifully!Also
when does Ante Tomic make is way to the jazz? Is it this year or next year?
Also the AK vs Cj question....I honestly would take Cj over AK. Ak's defense is
nowhere near where it was 5-6 years ago, when he was considered in the top tier
of defenders and his shot is sporadic. Though Cj's shot is just as sporadic, it
seems to be more streaky and consistent than AK's. I think the jazz
should give Cj 2-3 more years and if he doesn't develop any further than where
he's at now, then let him go. He is still very young and hopefully has a higher
ceiling still.One more thing on AK....I think he's kind of a cancer
for the team, kind of like Boozer was. I think D-will disliked AK a lot and it
affected the team a bit. I think we should let AK walk this off-season. Its a
shame really that the jazz didn't resign Matthews and just trade AK. Think of
where they'd be now. Oh well... at least the future is bright, unlike some other
Tomic comes over this year I think.
Maybe we can get rid of Miles and AK now, I like AK but he is pretty much
worthless now especially if his feelings are hurt and Miles
"potential" is all he will be.
I think the Jazz should consider Biyombo with their 12th pick. He looks like he
could become a "Serge Ibaka" type of player. Even though the Jazz
seem well-stocked in the frontcourt right now, you can never have too many
athletic big men who can really play defense and also have decent offensive
skills. As a bonus, the Jazz could leave him in Europe to develop for at least
a year, if they need to take extra measures to get under the salary cap. He
could make both Okur and Millsap expendable in a year or two, which would also
help with the Jazz salary cap situation (by replacing an older, more expensive
backup player with a younger, cheaper backup player). I don't see anyone else
who might be available at the 12th spot who has as much real potential to be
really good. However, his stock seems to be rising, and I hope he is still
available at the 12th spot.It would also be great if the Jazz could
get lucky and move into one of the top three spots with their other pick, so
they could have their choice of the potentially elite players.
Biyombo-- 7'7" wingspan. Had a triple double with points, rebounds,
and blocks. I million Euro buyout clause. Good attitude with a sweet
outside shot, hard worker. With a thin draft this year, I think, that he
would be a great pick at 12. If there is a lockout he could still play a year in
My philosophy: It is broke, lets fix it! AK, PRICE, WATSON, ELSON, FESENKO, can
all be replaced by anyone. These players are bench players and not the future or
future starters. If one of these players could be consistent at hitting jump
shots, maybe they get a chance to come back. I would bring AK back for Veteran
minimum. I bring Fes back for the size factor,only if you know Memo is not
coming back. Draft a combo guard, plenty to choose from. Jimmer, Walker, the kid
from Butler ...Mack? The Jazz should be able to get some higher caliber guards
to help this weak back court. I am looking forward to the draft. GO JAZZ!
CJ vs AK.....Not a question you should ask me!!The Jazz have a lot
to think about in the off season. AK's salary is gone. They will not spend
that money next year. The best bet is to trade Memo's expiring contract (10
million) for a guard.Re-sign Fes and actally play him. Use the two
draft picks to fill AK and Price's spots. I would get rid of Evan's too since
he never plays.And play some defense next year.
Weak back court? And then you want to draft a couple rookies to change that?
What kind of mentality is that? Harris & Hayward are just fine as the 1
& 2, don't be greedy and drop this instant gratification mentality that 15
to 40 year olds were born with and still have! Burks will work for us then get a
couple veteran free agents to fill 1 or 2 other needs, and forget this rookie
crap! Kevin I think will get what is needed with help of Ty & Horny. I want
a defensive and big man coach next year also, so we will see where that goes.
There is no doubt that for the Jazz, the best fit in the draft would be Enes
Kanter who is a "beast". He is from Turkey and could be mentored by
Okur. Brandon Knight at number 12 would be a steal, also from Kentucky.
Calipari must be a heck of a coach. His entire starting lineup from last year
is now in the NBA. Number one priority for the Jazz is a "big" at
center and a coach to go with it. Kareem is "blacklisted" for his
liberal beliefs from coaching. Wouldn't that be a step? Utah has to
"think beyond the box"!
I have loved what AK has done for the Jazz, particularly a few years ago. The
contract was too expensive, though, and has held up the team. He is 30 years
old, and you risk another Raja Bell if you sign him for too much money or too
long of a deal. Unfortunate, as he could still have a couple of impact years in
him (or he could be a DNP player for the next couple of years with injuries).It will be interesting to see if CJ gets resigned. Could the Jazz sign
an Afflalo or Wilson Chandler for less than $4M? If so, he is probably
expendable.I like the idea of moving up in the draft to get Barnes
or Williams. If we can't do that, then sign Knight (PG) at #6 to
see if he can become PG of future (next year will tell if Harris is the guy);
and Biyombu (sp?) at #12 if the draft camps end up warranting these placements.
Biyombu can replace Evans either by playing in Spain for a year, or immediately.
Then spend your money on a good veteran wing player. Okur's
The Jazz have a lot of individual talent, they just need to become a team. I
think we started seeing some of that in the last few games and I hope it will
continue next season.
Agreed. The Jazz are simply a Lebron James away from being a contender.If the team was one good player away, then surely booze and D-will would have
picked up a couple trophies.
George Karl just didn't realize that CJ was not in uniform last night.
No finer big man coach than Stew!
Biyombo ain't gonna be there at 12, he may not be there at 6.
@ Ted H.Most teams in the NBA are a Lebron James away from being a
contender. Unfortunately, Lebron James' aren't exactly easy to come by...
Hakeem as a personal coach for Favors would do wonders for him....im sure what
im saying is impossible...but that would be awesome...
Good fantasy guys but there is a reason we traded D Will, he isn't coming back
to Utah, you have a better chance of buying a lottery ticket and winning. Here are some free agents- Anthony Parker, Jamal Crawford, Rasual
Butler, Boris Diaw, Tayshaun Prince, Yao, Mike Dunleavy, TJ Ford, Shannon Brown,
Matt Barnes, Shane Battier, James Jones, Michael Redd, Kris Humphries, Sasha
Vujacic, Willie Green, Roger Mason, Shawne Williams, Jason Richardson, Mickael
Pietrus, Marquis Daniels, Samuel Dalembert, Leandro Barbosa, Reggie Evans, Josh
Howard. Those are just the unrestricted, some have a team option. I am
thinking let AK walk, go get Battier or Prince, and bring in someone like
Anthony Parker or Mickael Pietrus who can shoot and help out the perimeter.
Shawne Green was the top 3 point shooter, and Roger Mason and Willie Green can
fill it up too. Maybe bring back Kris Humphries, he can actually rebound now
and is a decent player, or get Reggie Evans, then we would really have a lot of
big, and some depth down low that we have never had. Malone and Boozer and
Millsap have never had a lot of support.
So I think the Jazz need to add a couple perimeter pieces to guys that can shoot
but are not high dollar guys, then add a piece like Kris Humprhies or Reggie
Evans and then our bigs would be Millsap, Favors, Jefferson, Memo, then Evans or
Humphires, that is a pretty good front court. Then the backcourt would have
Harris, Hayward, Miles, Anthony Parker/Prince/Roger Mason plus our draft picks.
The Jazz will be back in the post season next year if they can keep the injuries
"popliteus muscle"They named a muscle after the
"I would get rid of Evan's too since he never plays."They
have to fill fourteen roster spots. That means some people don't play. I think
they'll keep him. He's a hard worker and athletic.Dump Bell. We've
seen absolutely zero benefit from his "veteran leadership." Ronnie
Price is a great guy, with a great work ethic, but not much upside. If they
draft a 1, Price is gone. Watson is far superior. Francisco or Fes is likely
gone if Memo is healthy. Adding Favors created a crowd at the 4/5.
My bet is they package the 1st rounders and trade for a vet. They have too many
rookie/young player to draft (2) more.
Guys I live in NY and have been a fan since they played the Bulls in the finals.
Unfortunately I've not really followed the NBA for several years but I'm
following more now. I have a question though. Do the Jazz operate like the
Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates by just trading
whenever they get talent?