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Published: Monday, July 1 2013 11:25 p.m. MDT

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Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

I for one would love to have Sap back. Front load a contract so there will be room for the kids..

scalman
Temecula, CA

Millsap has been a solid, sometimes amazing Jazzman over the years and a good role model for the younger players, too. If the Jazz sign him, I hope it is with the understanding that barring injuries to others, his games as a starter will be few. I still see Favors as more of a center than a power forward, but whatever you call him, he deserves to start in place of Millsap now. I also see Favors and Kanter as a tandem that we should be seeing in the first and fourth quarters from now on. Good luck, Paul.

JP
Chandler, AZ

Does anyone else chuckle every time they list Jeremy Evans as one of their "big men"? Sure, he plays at the 4, but he's not big.

earthquakejake
Logan, UT

I would love to see Millsap back but he needs to accept the sixth man role. Favors and Kanter need to start and play starter minutes or their development will hit a wall. I think they should have played more last year. I would love to see Mo Williams back as well as a scoring threat off the bench, like a JR Smith type of player. I'm hoping Foye comes back too. What I'm hoping for is a starting line up of Burke, Foye, Hayward, Favors and Kanter with key bench players of Millsap, Mo Williams and Alec Burks getting significant minutes.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

@JP:

Yes, though I don't so much chuckle as just kind of shake my head. If Evans was really going to be an asset on the court (not counting dunk contests) I would think they'd have found a role for him at this point. I'd love to see him be a player, but how likely is it at this point?

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Let the old guard go...develop the new kids. To me, Millsap seemed disengaged last year. He didn't have his usual energy and killer instinct. He is a good role model, though. So, if we keep any of the free agents, I'd like to keep him.

logicalsportsanalyst
West Jordan, UT

I hope that the rumors are true regarding Sap and "Big AL". I like the idea of the jazz keeping Sap as the 6th man, and that they do not chase Big Al around-let him go. I like the movements that management is taking-I like the openness to exploring ALL options, and to taking a few risks.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

Bringing Millsap back and not bringing big Al back would be a fatal mistake for the Jazz. Millsap is decent, but is not a great defender. He cannot score like big Al can either. If the Jazz think that Favors, Kanter, and Millsap are key big men they are mistaken. There is no clutch scoring in the jazz frontcourt without Al Jefferson. That is a fact. Every time the jazz needed a clutch basket, the ball went to Jefferson. Bad move, just watch.

fortydam
OREM, UT

Brahmabull, so wrong... Al killed the Jazz on defense. In fact read other teams comments, their saying that not many teams are looking his way because of his terrible defensive liabilities. Millsap was too small to defend when he was exposed by Jefferson's absolute breakdown on man on man pick and roll defense. Millsap is a great addition and played a double double every night when Boozer and Jefferson weren't by his side. Boozer was also a defensive nightmare, now covered up by Noah. Also when big Al scored, the rest of the team watched, his plus minus is the worst in the NBA. Millsap also played a mean three, giving the Jazz another weapon. I think Favors is really a five, Kanter a four. Sap will need to accept a role that might be off the bench, or starting at the three sometimes, depending on the lineup. The new Jazz should win games by keeping other teams from scoring, a score of 35 to 2 would be fine by me.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

We've already shown we can't be championship contenders with the same players from last year. The only one I want back is Demarre and that is because he will be an inexpensive rotation guy. Jefferson is going to be too expensive for what he provides the team. Mo, Millsap, Foye, Watson, and Tinsley can all be upgraded with the money the Jazz have available. It's discouraging to hear fans who want some of those guys back. It's even more discouraging hearing the Jazz FO talking about bringing some of them back.

A couple of possible sign and trade options (assuming both teams and the players see it as a benefit):

Jefferson (S&T) for Redick (S&T) and Ilyasova. May have to throw in Burks to make this happen. Looking at their roster, Milwaukee really needs a center.

Millsap (S&T) for Gortat.

Jefferson (S&T) for Deng (may be more available now that Chi is getting Dunleavy) and Hinrich (good mentor for Burke). This gives Chi four bigs with Jefferson, Noah, Boozer, and Gibson. They will probably want to move Booz if this happens.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

As far as free agents, I really hope the Jazz go after Pekovic . Nobody will score inside on the Jazz if they have a rotation of Favors, Kanter, and Pekovic with Gobert in when foul trouble or injury dictates. And all except Gobert are also strong inside scorers.

Other FAs that I consider upgrades include Corey Brewer, OJ Mayo, JJ Redick, and Jose Calderon.

I might also pick up someone on the cheap who had high draft value but has been a disappointment to the team that drafted him. Xavier Henry comes to mind.

Possible roster:
Posts
- Favors
- Kanter
- Gobert
- Evans
- Pekovic, Gortat, Landry, Mosgov, JJ Hickson, Millsap, Splitter (pick one)

Wings
- Hayward
- Burks
- Carroll
- M Williams (injured)
- Mayo, Ilyasova, Redick, C Brewer, Deng, Henry (pick two)

PGs
- Burke
- Tinsley (3rd PG, maybe 4th after Burks)
- Calderon (probably too expensive), Hinrich, D Harris, Jack (pick one)

dhsalum
Saint George, UT

Something people need to remember is that the Jazz are like $20 million under the minimum salary so they'll need have a front-loaded deal for someone like Millsap or Splitter or a veteran pg until its time to extend Hayward and Favors. So they can't just bring back DMC and Foye and fill in with cheap guys.

jbarr
North Ogden, UT

We need another quality big man (Millsap, Landry, someone else?). Between C & PF positions there are enough minutes for 3 quality big men to each get 30+ minutes a game.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

dhsalum is correct. The Jazz have about $24M to get to the minimum salary required by the league and about $30M to get to the salary cap. They also have 5 roster spots to fill to get the minimum roster size but with Marvin Williams being injured, they probably want to pick up a sixth player. That would put them at 14 on the roster leaving flexibility for a mid-season acquisition in case of injury or other circumstances.

So let's say they plan to spend $28M, they have three basic approaches:
1) Get a max guy at around $18-20M and spread the other $10M among five other players (~$2M ea)
2) Get 2-3 quality players ~$8M ea and then pick up 3-4 end of the bench guys at ~$1-2M ea)
3) Pick up 6 rotation players at about $4-5M ea

Which way do you go?

I personally like option 2.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Millsap is 28 and is ...done..bench rider. Wow.

The Jazz have dough but are not spending on quality players that would make an impact.

What about coming with some cash for Andrew Bynum who can play behind our current bigs and would make a huge impact if he gets healthy. Bynum is better offensive player than Dwight Howard and can be nasty on defense.

Jazz are talking about bringing back Sap and yet no mention of them even investigating David West who makes things happen on the floor and in the dressing room, no downside there.

The Jazz want players like JEremy and yard dog to support their core as they are planning to market the young team as "rebuilding" while the youngsters get experience.

The Jazz have been rebuilding since they lost Stockton, perhaps they should look at changing their ways.

The Spurs from a small market have been contenders for the past dozen years. They do not play ball the same way as when Robinson was there, they have changed and evolved. The Jazz are waiting and "rebuilding" til they find someone who can play pick and roll as well as Stockton to Malone.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

the Bobcats...are interested in Big Al...and this is where the Jazz need to pounce...i know most of you would want Ben Gordon...but i dont like how he plays...too inconsistent and not worth the money...but...if you guys are going to live with it...then im willing to give him a shot...so a sign and trade would be Big Al for Ben Gordon + Biyombo or Mullens or Zeller(if they are willing to give him) + 2014 protected top 5 pick and 2015 unprotected first round pick...i think Ben Gordon has an expiring contract so the move would be good...i can do away one of the picks...but a pick is important to have it finalize...i think the salaries would match up...We get a shooter on a trial basis....we get a young big man...now we need is to add 2 PGs (if we cant bring neto) and another G/F and demarre...also another under the radar big...would be Mareese Spreights...for the G/F wing...Corey Brewer...for PG if we are able to bring Neto...then gamble with Nate Robinson

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

i just read some comments from a Bobcats site...about them signing Big Al...a lot of them...have been saying what we have been saying all year....the dude is just too weak a defender to command a huge contract...so if a trade to get Ben Gordon a draft pick and a young big...for Big Al...i'm gonna accept it...and runaway to the bank with it....then just sign Corey Brewer...i think most teams would go after the named players like Mayo and Tony Allen and even splitter...i think the Jazz need to do...is to focus on the need...and if the a guy can fill that need...and go for the guys who have yet to get a call...Mareese Spreights...Austin Daye...Corey Brewer...Beno Udrih....Marco Belinelli..im just hoping we get this done so we could take a good look at our roster for next year

ApacheNaiche
PINETOP, AZ

I like Paul, but I don't believe he's worth $8.6 million a year. I say his net worth to the Jazz is now around $4 million. Anymore than that, let him go.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@ApacheNaiche

i agree with you...but i'd give him 12M for 2 years...

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@Doug10

i wouldnt touch Andrew Bynum....he doesnt even want to work out for teams interested in him....so how can you guarantee that he wont get injured anymore?...that guy is damaged commodity...that i dont want any part of....i'd rather have JJ Hickson...or Nikola Pekovic...but that will stump the growth of our current young bigs...

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