@Sir RobinI don't think you can really say that no deal was the
right choice, unless you were privy to all the player deals discussed. For that
reason I don't say they made a big mistake not trading for someone.
@ Brave Sir RobinOr you can be like some teams and just overpay
players and still be a lottery team year in and year out.The Jazz
are run very well. Many fans don't understand that. This is not L.A.
where free agents line up to come here. The Jazz have to be very careful in
every move they make.I think making no deal was the right choice.
The only deal I would have been on board with would have been bringing a young
point guard like Eric Bledsoe. Something that would have addressed a long term
need. I believe that was only ever a rumor and never a serious discussion
There are very few models that actually work to win a championship.1. Tank like crazy so you get a #1-ish pick with the talent of a
Duncan/Robinson/Jordan/Bryant.2. Be a city named Los
Angeles/Miami/Boston that has a great climate or a history of winning
championships.Stop complaining about our circumstances because
realistically it is very difficult to get the talent required to win.No doubt about it we are handicapped due to geography but so are alot of other
cities.It is just very hard. We have a candle of hope
with Favors. Who knows whether he can develop to utterly dominate but he
certainly has potential to be great.Fill in the pieces around him
and we have a shot to do that with some of our other youth right now.Unfortunately it will take time to play out.
The only deal I would like to have seen was the rumored Bledsoe for Millsap.
Eric could be a premiere PG and Sap is losing his mojo (what little he has
had--he's never been consistent).This year, Big Al's been
the most consistent producer, and has even upped his defense a little bit (tho
still lacking). Keep him around a few more years, or find a more
defensive-minded scoring center, 'cause Favors & Kanter aren't
ready yet for prime-time scoring.Keepers (* 4 are still on
contract):Burks*CarrollFavors*FoyeHayward*JeffersonKanter*Marvin Williams (player option)Mo WilliamsTBD (* 1 is still on contract):Evans*MillsapMurphy (restricted free agent)TinsleyWatsonDump:BellGonna be a tough off-season, but lots of
money room & options to get better.However, I don't see how
the Jazz will ever again get a superstar any way other than via the draft. So,
another few more years of mediocrity ahead.
...and Greg Miller's goal of finishing 8th in the west while spending as
little as possible is intact...
Ultimately Millsap will walk and he will get overpaid somewhere. He is very
solid but he is a role player. I wish we could keep him but understand we
probably can't Fortunately for Millsap some team will overpay though.
Jeffersons defense is bad but his offense is undeniable. I hate
that we are so dependent on it. Realistically this team would not even be
sniffing the 8th seed without Jefferson.I suspect we re-sign
Jefferson and hope like crazy that Favors can cover most of defensive
deficiencies when they play together.
It have been nice if the Jazz would have been able to get Eric Maynor (back to
the Jazz) since the Thunder was shopping him anyways, maybe give him Raja bell
and Marvin Williams..But on the flip side, at least they did not
take on any other team "problem child"...Go