We do need to think of the future, so even though Burks is not a genuine PG -
needs to the leqarn the skills and he could turn out to be a servicable combo
guard, so we should start the followingBurks, Foye, Marvin, Milsap
& FavorsTinsley, Hayward (when back soon), DeMarre, Al & KanterMo still is weeks away, Evans is insurance at 3/4 & Watson insurance
again & will not be playing next yearTrades need to looked at -
but what we could realistically get for our assests that we are will trade!!!Free agency is always tuff the Jazz , so like it or trades must happen
for us to get better, in cases it may look like we took a hit but in 2 or 3
years it will pay off
I am just wondering if we could do a trade D Cousins for Al Jefferson? I think
in Utah Cousins would have a structure that would force hime to grow up a
little. At the same time, the Jazz have shown in the past that head trips
don't do well in Utah. But, I would like to see if it could work. Also,
Jason Thompson for A Jefferson would be fine for me as well. We will even take
Jimmer from Sac Town (you are welcome).
I could not help to notice that Favors and Burks played significantly more
minutes than normal. Part of that is due to injuries. However, if the Jazz
expect to keep promising players with big upsides like Favors and Burks, they
will need to make decisions about their older players who have no upside and
beyond their prime. Jefferson and Millsap need to be traded before the trade
deadline while they are still marketable. That should leave enough cap room for
promising new players with an upside along with draft choices. They should make
room for younger players even if that means giving up Foye, the two Williams,
and others with limited contracts. That is the only way we can keep good, young
players and have a future. The Jazz ownership and management need to re-think
their priorities also by no being content to have a low-level playoff team, but
to sacrifice now to have a future and a team who has a chance at a championship.
Alec Burks was at point guard for the OT. Commentary seemed to say that he did
well. If you get a point guard to go with Foye, then everyone will be dancin.
I think all you Burke fans (including myself) have been drinking too much
'dummy juice.' Burks is a decent athlete who occasionaly shows amazing
athletics, but who are we kidding, he's a 5th, maybe 4th tier version of
Wesley Matthews. Do you all recall when we had Matthews his rookie year and he
would play defense (especially on Kobe) & attack the basket on offense? Man,
you could see that sparkle in his eye that few athletes have. That kid was
fearless and never backed down (think Favors, but a lot more polished)...sure do
miss him wearing a Jazz uniform. Anyway, I'm hoping Dennis is anle to pull
off some sort of a miracle or Jazz nation is going to be in alot of trouble come
Hopefully Ty Corbin doesn't stick around too much longer. Little movement
on offense, poor defense, and a lack of intensity from the Jazz this season.
Time to move Jefferson and let Favors get the minutes he needs to become the
beast we all know he can become.
Jefferson almost cost them this game. It wasn't the fact that he forced his
way into triple teams and missed his shot, it was his defense that allowed them
to almost win this. The four points they scored were directly related to him. As
for Burks, he will be a good player, but not a point guard. He is taking half
the shot clock to double clutch pass to a wing player. He cannot run the open
court and dribble. Trade our most expensive player (Jefferson) right now for a
true point guard,and a backup defensive center.
Things were concerning at PG when the Jazz lost Mo Williams, but the two vets
(Watson and Tinsley: both really good back ups) were able to both play, split
minutes, and keep things afloat. Now with Watson hurt, Tinsley is too old to
play starter minutes night in and night out. So the Jazz have to play guys out
of position at the point. Hayward is hurt as well, whichs hurts because he can
create for his team mates with the ball in his hands. With Foye at the point, it
takes away from his spot up shooting because he handles the rock, and is not a
creator. When Foye is there (PG), Hayward is gone from the shooting guard, and
the whole backcourt roster is limited. Burks is a nice athlete, but his PG
skills are far from developed. He will have opportunities now to grow on the
court at both guard spots but the Jazz won't be the better for it currently
relative to wins. Watching the Jazz execute without a PG is painful
to watch. Lucky they have won some home games. Good health and the all star
break are needed.
So does Big Al get credit for this win? Meh. Go Alec, Go Favors!