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Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT

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Americanvet
Ivins, UT

I'll be the first to admit there is a lot about this deal that goes right over my head. First, Biedrins was only on the team because he is in the last year of his contract and so it frees up a bunch of money the Jazz can spend on free agents next year. I'm know Lindsey knows what he's doing and that by waiving Biedrins we won't lose that Biedrins salary to be able to spend next year. It was just something I didn't expect to see with just a few games to play. Also, what possible need do we have for this new player? I would be surprised if this new guy sees even 1 minute of playing time so it seemed odd to bring him here, but it will be interesting to see what Lindsey has up his sleeve.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The issue with the "Warrior Three" of Jefferson, Rush, and Biedrins is indeed a strange one.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Right team...wrong guy.

J R Stewart
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I watched a workout video and can see what Dennis sees in him, a stretch 4, who can shoot the 3.

Too many bigs playing well in Chicago to get any time and they want a wing, so released him.

Low risk to get his rights and a deep look over the summer.

Jazzaholic

Rippinjazz
Magna, UT

The Jazz still have to pay Beidrens his whole $$$$$$$, no getting out of that. A lot of teams have started sigining unknown players with the intent of using them in trades as "filler". You sign a guy to a fair amount to include in trades to make up the difference in salaries. Miami just did that with the kid from Lone Peak. It is a new "bending the rules and getting away with it" glitch in the union contract. New Jersey did it a few years ago with Van Horn after he had retired. He never played again but pocketed a few cool millions for agreeing to the deal. This kid likely won't see anything past this year. Unless somehow he turns into a ringer over the summer. Not likely.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

This is/was a money deal for Chicago. For whatever reason, the Jazz have a real interest in Murphy and jumped at the opportunity; otherwise, they would have let him clear waivers and signed him to a 10 day deal.

NerfMaster
Page, AZ

The Jazz do have an interest in this guy. They're also hoping someone would've picked-up Biedrins for the playoffs, saving a few bucks anyways

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