@ Maine_Jazz_FanWhy do you think "we will be in the bottom half
of the lottery regardless"? I know having the worst record does not
guarantee a top pick, but 25% is a lot better than 3 or 4 %. Also if you think
"the veteran leadership that RJ has been providing is priceless", and
that any of the current Jazz players can grow and become like Durant, then I
think you may have eaten some bad lobster or something. The Jazz have a once in
a lifetime opportunity to draft what could be a franchise changing player.
Jabari Parker is the guy, his numbers are similar to Kevin Durant and Carmelo
Anthony, when they were at the same stage in their careers. He is going to be a
superstar in the NBA. So yes, make the trade happen Lindsey, play and develop
the young guys, and please lose now, so we can be winners in the future.
It's obvious that RJ is not going to be with the Jazz long term. However,
I don't buy into the concept of losing as much as possible for a better
pick. We will be in the bottom half of the lottery regardless, and as we have
seen in the previous years, having the worst record does not guarantee a top
pick. I think that the veteran leadership that RJ has been providing is
priceless, and if we get rid of him we lose part of the development of our young
guys. Who left is going to teach them that has been through it? Look how
Durant has grown and how he wished he new more at a younger age. Our guys are
not near the player he is, and if we have to wait for them to figure it out it
might not happen. I think there is more value in having RJ on the roster now,
and it is not for winning.
Jefferson and Williams have both been good guys and played well this year.
However, giving them a bunch of minutes is defeating the purpose and the plan I
wish the Jazz would stick to. We don't need to be winning too many games
because we need to get a high lottery pick in the draft. In addition, we need to
develop our young players. I like the progress of the core 4 and Trey Burke but
I would like to see Evans and Gobert get a lot more playing time. I hope
Jefferson's "hired gunslinger " comment last month convinced the
Jazz he has no loyalty and is only taking time away from players that will be
here next year. He deserves to go hunting for a championship ring if he desires
but he just doesn't fit into any long term plans with the Jazz. Do this
deal with Cleveland!
How funny. I posted a comment here just yesterday about how the Jazz should be
trading Jefferson or Marvin Williams if they want to lose a bit more. I stated
they should trade him for some injured dude who can't play. Then voila!!!
Today it is being discussed like manna from heaven. Jefferson is
shooting nearly 42% from 3 point range. Hopefully the Jazz can
close this deal. The get salary cap relief, they are forced to play younger
inexperienced players which will result in more losses. Then if we can unload
Marvin Williams before the deadline we will lose even more.Ironically Trey Burke has improved this team too much too early. We are
hovering around .500 with him starting. Tough to get a draft pick high enough
winning as much as we did when Jefferson and Millsap were here....and the W.
Conference is even tougher. Doesn't say much for the judgement
of all the whiners who wanted to keep Al Jefferson and Millsap to avoid losing
games. A bunch of young inexperienced players are winning at about the same
pace they were. The big difference is the young guys still have upside.Make the trade happen Lindsey!
As long a s Bynum is waived go for it. Any early out for the GS bunch would be