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Utah Jazz: Team defends Harris amid trade rumor speculation

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 23, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    the trade that made sense that was mentioned was the trade for Eric Bledsoe...i think he will shine here in Utah...and its the deal that would make sense for all involved...probably...we get bledsoe...and the exception from Lakers?...i dont know what or who the clippers would get from the lakers....if not...we could get Goran Dragic...captain kirk?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    Mo is a shoot first guard. Utah let him go last time because he is a tweener just like Harris. Jefferson is Utah's biggest problem. His rotational defense is lacking, and he gives up as many layups and put backs, as points he makes. He should not be on the floor with the undersized Millsap, unless Sap is playing the three, and Favors or Kanter can protest the basket. I think Utah will deal Harris around the trade deadline. If they do that then they keep Tinsley and his contract becomes guaranteed. If they don't deal Harris then Tinsley will be let go before they are stuck with his contract. Burks can play the point, but I'm not sure he is NBA ready. (If you are talking about trying to make the playoffs). I'm sure there are some blue collar point guards floating around. Look what we let go with Gaines. I'd rather see him back than Mo.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 21, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    We`d have a better chance of getting Williams back that prying Rubio away from the wolves,that kid is amazing,scores/rebounds/assists,cross between pistol pete and rajon rando,toss in a bit of Magic..

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Jazz Source repeated exactly what I wrote earlier. Devin Harris' shot selection in the Dallas game was impeccable. He found wide open shots for himself. He then missed them all. His floor game was really quite good. It was his shooting that was terrible. We all know that the Jazz are desperate for a knock-down shooter.

    To those clamouring for Earl Watson to assume the starting point guard role- You do realize that Earl is shooting 16.7% from behind the three point arc this season, right? He's an awesome spark plug who pushes the ball and provides energy. He is not starting PG material in the NBA because his outside shooting just isn't any good. Watson would have been the better choice to finish against Dallas because he had the hot hand.

    The truth is that both of these point guards are awesome at pushing the fast break, but weak at running the half-court flex offense. The flex depends on a reliable inside-out game between the big men and the guards.

  • knightrider Sportstown, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    @ Less is More

    You call 6 turnovers error-free basketball? Heck, even Devin Harris outplayed Jason Kidd. I'd say Jose Calderon or Mo Williams would be our best bet through trade.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Some of the comments are pretty comical here...Jason Kidd playing error free basketball carving us up down the stretch. Actually he had 2 crucial turnovers in the final 3 minutes that gave us opportunities to almost come back and win the game.

    Some wingnut was talking about the 2nd round of the playoffs this year? Wow, I am not sure what planet you operate from but this team will be lucky to make the playoffs. They are much improved but nonetheless will be lucky to make the playoffs.

    I don't have a problem with Harris' shot selection. My problem is that he can't make one. His shooting % has been horrific from day one this season. It clearly shows no signs of improvement.

    Laughable Bell is dishing out advice...when he can't follow it himself to improve much.

    Harris, Bell, and CJ are all headcases this season. CJ has improved his consistency in the last few games but don't talk about it or his ego will swell and he will return to his 3 point jacking defenseless ways.

    The Mavericks packed the paint and we shot a lousy %....and we still were in the game. I think we can take some solace in that.

    All that said you can't ignore the glaring deficiency at starting PG. He doesn't get assists and he can't score and his defense is average at best.

    That trade exception could become very valuable.

  • Mitchell_12 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    I agree with CJ... No way they get rid of Harris unless it's a great deal. Would anybody reject a trade for Rubio? I hope the Jazz pull the trigger on that one if we can make it happen.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Tyrone should not have had Devin in the game in the last 3 minutes.

    This article has a lot of Raja talking and telling how things should be. Seems to me he needs to do more talking on the court. His game was also lame against the Mavs.

    CJ seems to be making some necessary changes in his game. I would not be surprised if teams came calling for him and ended up having to take Harris as well. KOC is good at getting what he wants, hopefully he wants another pg early enough in the season to be useful to the team.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    The way Mo is playing tonight 5-5 12 points he is not leaving the Clippers. I would take him over Devon in a hardbeat because at least he is not short on his shot

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    I feel for the kid hope it works out. However, to me this is on himself. He has an erratic shot. He has the body language of someone unsure or not confident. He takes too many shots in my opinion as a quick option. His priority needs to be dished. I somehow wonder if he is being baited for trade. Frankly, doubt many would be interested. If his game picks up then maybe he becomes a good chip. As I have stated many times, if Earl Watson starts his deficiencies start to show and he will burn out. He is an energy, valuable team member. He cannot start every night for this team. Tinsley likely would be more productive in the long run

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    The real reason we lost the Mavericks? 5 defenders in the paint every time the ball came inside due to our complete lack of outside shooting, a problem the Jazz completely failed to address in the off season.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    I think we should go after Walker or Augustin at Charlotte, even if it would mean giving up Milsap.

    You can forget ever seeing DWill at Utah, the Boo Birds burned that bridge.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    What about trading Harris plus a pick for Jose Calderon. He wants to leave Toronto and is just slightly more expensive then Harris. Lock up Watson for a couple of years.

  • Less Is More Ogden, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    Harris was a bad fit from the start, being a shoot first point guard. The only reason he scored so much previously was the quantity of shots. Very few playoff and championship games are won with this style of PG. Jason Kidd proved this last night, playing error free, carve you up basketball. We need a low profile general that helps the bigs succeed!

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    With the Jazz sitting at 9-5 after going 39-43 last year, why are people crying about Devin Harris' stats? The team is doing well, and Watson is playing well as the backup. Harris will find his way, he's been through 3 offenses in less than a year. He'll adjust and find his way soon enough.

    And who exactly would we get that's better in return? Stats do not tell the story in all situations - wins and losses do. If the Jazz go 43-23 and win the division, advance to the 2nd round or better, nobody will care about the stats.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    "Hello, Kevin, this is Danny. How about Harris and Favors for Rondo and Ray?"

    O'Connor: "Ha Ha Ha. That's a good one, Danny. Best laugh I've had all day! No thanks! But call your old buddy McHale and remind him about that championship he gave you!"

  • adj_8 Logan, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    I like the 3 team trade with the Lakers and Clips....But instead of getting Mo, Utah should find a way to get Eric Bledsoe instead...Young proven PG..He'll be stuck behind cp3 and billups

  • Utahman4ever FORT HUACHUCA, AZ
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Watching Harris is like watching CJ you have moments where you think this guy is awsome and some make you want throw the remote at the TV. However, if this guy learns to trust the system and can still be allowed to play his style, he will be worth keeping around. Remeber it is an abreviated season with limited practice and presosn and it has shown with everbody during one game or another at this point in the season besides, any deal with Harris will involve another player on the roster and I don't think there will be a deal out there worth that risk.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    D-Will? The malcontent back? No thanks!

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Harris and Williams career numbers are almost identical,Harris is younger and taller,Williams seems to be seated on the bench alot in a nice suit,unless we can really upgrade at the pg there is no point in just trading for the sake of trading,plus mo makes a bit mo $

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Two things...The book on Dwill is closed. Second, the Jazz are not going to trade CJ this year. They will not trade Harris either unless they can get a better PG out of the deal and that is unlikely. The will upgrade the PG spot in the offseason or through the draft. It's not like they are going to win a championship this year. It is better to let Harris go at the end of the year and not trade him. Trading him means taking on a big salary in return for more years. In a shortened season, cash is king....

  • Crotty Kid Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    Ideally the Jazz could trade for Jose Calderon. Raptors are seeking a change up and jazz could use a pass first guard.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    As others have said, he is part of a winning team and he plays hard. Before doing anything drastic when this team is coming around so well, why not make him battle with Tinsley for backup guard position. Earl Watson can lead this team and he is a true leader. Devin might really respond to coming off of the bench and facilitating the game of the younger players. This kid has talent and ability, but this starting lineup does not need a "shoot first" guard who doesn't shoot very well. A floor general who can really help Big Al and Milsap, would be really nice right about now.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Mo Williams might have seen his best days,anyway he`s a shoot first pg much like Harris,we need a floor general,a leader

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Harris wasn't good from the beginning of the game and got worse as the game went on, not sure what winglish was watching. I was also at the game and the offense was stagnant whenever Harris was on the court.
    In fact Harris spent more time arguing with Corbin during breaks in the action last night than John Stockton did in his 19 years in Utah. Anytime there is that big of a disconnect between a pg and a coach something has to change. Not one time did Earl argue his case to the coach, and Watson was the one player on the floor during each of the Jazz surges last night.
    Dump Harris, dump Miles, and keep pushing the ball inside first and the Jazz will be ok.
    Their defense was solid, everyone for the most part hustling and working hard.

  • Coug420 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Jazz will not get D-Will back but the rumor about Harris to Lakers and Mo Williams to the Jazz and the Odom trade exception to Clippers sounds interesting. Who is reporting that possible trade?

  • AggieFan82 OGDEN, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    I like the harris, miles, trade exception and GS pick to new jersey and bring d-will back but only if he signs an extension to stay in Utah and not bolt after this season. With that deal there and the team we would still have (only losing harris and miles), jazz would be instant contenders

  • RSLJAZZBYUUTAH Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    I'll Mo William back, we should've never let him go, or somehow get D-Will back, but make sure he stays for a few more years.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    In regards to DWill: He has made it clear that the "Utah Chapter" in his life is over, and he would not return. I would welcome him back in a heartbeat, but he is not going to come.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    Have you people already forgotten that DWill's contract expires this year? If we got rid of him last year to keep from losing him this year, why would we turn around and pick him up again this year???

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    @Common Ground--Did you see AJ passing the ball in last night's game? I was impressed that he was frequently making the extra pass. Often it allowed him to get more open and get a better shot.

    I say we should start thinking about trading Harris if and when we start losing consistently. I agree things aren't always pretty, but we are winning, and he is part of this winning team. That being said, if we were able to trade him for a better PG, I would take it. I just don't think it is fair to assume that he is the only reason for our offensive woes.

  • SM Bountiful, Ut
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    Devin should never see the floor. His defense is a complete joke and Winglish I can blow past Jason Kidd so its not that impressive. Earl should start and play over 30 minutes. Please Trade Devin Harris I'd rather have Kanter playing point. I like the sound of trading Harris, Miles and GS pick for the best point guard in the league D-will.

  • Crotty Kid Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    True Hoop is reporting that the Clippers, Lakers and Jazz are negotiating a three team deal that would send Devin harris to the Lakers, Mo Williams to the Jazz and the trade exception from Odom along with a 2nd rd pick and cash to the Clippers.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    I think most are willing to give him a chance but at some point you have to make a decision Watson really looks more comfortable at the point,We don`t need 3 pg`s.Maybe package Harris,miles,trade exemption and GS pick for D-will

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    I was at the game last night and Devin Harris was awesome in the first half. He was blowing past Jason Kidd and getting wide open looks. The shots just weren't dropping for him. Yes, he missed every shot he took, zero-for-seven. That doesn't tell the whole story, though, which was that Harris was the only Jazz player, imo, who came out with energy in the first quarter. He was playing hard and taking good shots.

  • Common Ground Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    It seems to me that when the Jazz offense is stagnant, it's because Jefferson is holding the ball, and holding, and holding...

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Just leave it alone Jody, and remember a player has to hit the shot off from a pass to get an assist and Utah's players haven''t exactly done that this year! What percentage did they shoot last night?