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Published: Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:10 p.m. MDT

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scalman
Temecula, CA

I liked Thomas in the summer league games, but that's the way it goes. Felix can defend, he hustles, and supposedly he fits in a fast-moving offense. Sounds like a good player for Coach Snyder's bench. Let's see if the Jazz add a shooter now.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Are you kidding me? Felix is a nobody in the NBA. He brings NOTHING to the Jazz in terms of helping the team win basketball games. This is all about money and stupidity. The Jazz have done NOTHING in free agency or trades to improve the team. On top of that, they gave Hayward way too much money for his poor performance last year. I am still waiting for Lindsey to do something useful to improve this team. Using draft picks doesn't make him a genius. Being a genius, is bringing in quality free agents to help win more games. A first grader could have drafted Exum and Hood at #5 and #23. Trading players for second round picks is a waste too.

Tom in Tooele
Franklin, IN

Great trade...

The Jazz needed a guard??!! Uuuhhhh

SaltyDog
Rexburg, ID

@CJ

I'll have to disagree with you. You say Felix is a nobody like he's some scrub veteran player. He's only been in the league 1 year. And i feel that Lindsey has made a lot of good moves this offseason. Sure, a "3rd grader would've picked Exum at #5 and Hood at #23", but he still could've pulled a KoC and drafted other guys instead or trading down lower. Plus, a market like Utah has to overpay for free agents, because what big name would want to come here otherwise? They let the marker dictate the price and utah couldn't just an asset go for nothing. Hayward is good and will be in a much better system this coming season. Lindsey has made a lot of smart, but not flashy moves.

@Tom

of course they needed a guard. They have Exum and Burke (and kinda Clark, too...if his option is picked up) and then theres Burks and that's about it at the 2. Felix, i've read, is a big strong guard who is a good defender. Plus, no more JLIII!

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

The Jazz now have 2 or 3 roster spots they can fill during the year. They still need to spend some $'s to reach the NBA team player minimum, so they aren't through yet. I would like to see them bring in the PG from, I believe Brazil, who did well in last year's summer games. They typically carry 3 PG's on the roster, and he would be a good one for Snyder to develop.They could use Jeremy Evans for trade bait - he hasn't really developed like he should have - he is a PF in the body of a SF. I would like to see them pick up another center and move Enes Kanter to PF and pick up a big PF that has potential, maybe sign Jason Washburn or Brock Motum to NGC's for now and see what they can do - if either does not work out, then use him in a trade. That would give the jazz 14 players, but only 13 with GC's. It will be interesting to see who the Jazz end up with when the season starts.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

Felix hardly played for a bad team last year, it's unlikely he'll do much more here, but getting a 2nd round pick, a million bucks and a player who at least has a chance at dressing for essentially nothing has to be seen as a great trade for Utah.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

I would like to comment on the SAS pick at #30, Kyle Anderson. That could be the sleeper pick of the 1014 NBA draft. I have visions of when the Jazz failed to draft Parker and he was taken after the Jazz drafted. He has become a super star for SA. I feel like they have done it again. Good for them, if that is the case. Rodney Hood looks good, too. I guess we'll see what happens.

SWWeatherGuy
South Weber, UT

This could be positioning for another trade. I liked Thomas' play in Summer League but the Jazz are not losing anything with Murphy or Lucas. I don't know that Booker, Novak, and Felix make the team much better but they certainly don't make them worse. The fact they all reportedly support the type of system Snyder wants to develop is a good thing.

Unlike the persistent pessimists, I like what DL is doing. Dramatic changes won't happen overnight but you can see a foundation being laid. What's being built can and will be molded and changed but if the foundation is good anything else can be fixed without blowing the whole thing up.

It's going to be an exciting year to see the growth and development of this young, athletic team. I'll be surprised if we don't see a 5-10 win improvement even while Coach Q is trying to build something.

Oh Really?
HERRIMAN, UT

This is definitely the last piece in the championship puzzle!

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Fans need to get a grip. The best free agents aren't ever coming to Utah. If we could get a top free agent, it would have happened. The team has to build from the draft. We are the Kansas City Royals. Get used to it.

Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

It's clear by their summer acquisitions that the Jazz are really committed this year to seeing how Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter, Favors, Exum, Hood and Gobert will work out for the Jazz--what we all thought was going to happen last year, if only Tyrone Corbin had cooperated with the front office.

The Jazz can try out Carrick Felix at shooting guard behind Burks, Hayward (and perhaps Exum). If he works out, they can re-sign him on a small longer-term deal, if not, he becomes a free agent. The second year of Booker's contract is only partially guaranteed--so the same thing with him. Steve Novak has a two-year deal, so pretty much same thing with him (and good shooters are at a premium, so getting him for less than $4 mil. per year looks like a good deal).

I'd like to see the Jazz round out the roster with some long-in-the-tooth veterans like Chauncey Billups and Marcus Camby, who wouldn't expect to play much, but could teach the young guys a few things about winning.

goforit
Provo, UT

This will be an interesting season for you Jazz fans. I think the team will be better although their record might not show it. Most teams in the West got better also. They could still battle Sacramento, which is a disaster, the Lakers unless Kobe comes back to full strength and Minnesota for bottom dweller. They could also make a run at catching New Orleans and Denver.

You should see improvement from Favors, Hayward, and Burks. Burkes should be serviceable once again. Booker will be an upgrade on Marvin Williams. Novak could add some needed outside shooting. If the rookies grow quickly they should win 30 to 35 games. If the rookies struggle then look for another sub 30 win season.

I'm no expert just like to give my opinion.

UteNationAlum
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Felix has game, just hasn't had the chance to play. I remember watching him at AZ ST. Young athletic wing. Obviously this isn't a huge signing, but here's to hoping that he becomes our next Demarre Carroll!

I agree that a lot of the fans on this thread need to chill. If you have followed the Jazz for the last 30 years you would realize that we will NEVER sign a big name FA!

Northstar
Logan, UT

Question for the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) experts out there:

If Cleveland cuts all of the non-guaranteed contracts that they just received, might the Jazz be able to re-sign Malcolm Thomas?

It does look like the Jazz traded away 3 players that would have otherwise been cut in preseason, so they may have gotten something for nothing. I don't think Lucas and Murphy were going to make this team. Malcolm Thomas might have made the team, but probably wouldn't have seen any playing time, so his salary would be a waste anyway.

I think Brock Motem has a lot of potential as a 4th power forward (behind Kanter, Booker, and Novak; assuming Jeremy Evans would be used as a small forward). Maybe this makes space on the roster for Motem? I like that.

And the Jazz still need to worry about making the minimum salary, so they need more roster spots to bring in a few more bodies that they will be paying more money to. How much short of the minimum salary are they now? About $10M?

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

You guys really think Felix has game? Come on. The only thing the Jazz are doing is making Cleveland a championship team by helping them land Love. The Jazz let Demarre Carroll walk when he was an easy signing. Then they go out and pick up inferior players to replace him. When the Jazz consider Hayward their best player, its going to be a long season. Exum and Burke play the same position so that doesn't help the team progress. The only thing that has upside is Hood. He could be the real deal. Burke will have to be traded to allow Exum to play which will set the Jazz back another couple of years. When Jerry was here, there never was a rebuilding year. Rebuilding is an excuse for not wanting to do your job as management and to blow smoke for the fans.

CottageCheese
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@CJ

Bring in top free agents? How has that been working out for the Brooklyn Nets (largest payroll in the NBA and nothing to show for it except a first round playoff win and a blowout by Miami)? Houston Rockets (first round playoff exit). LA Clippers (BARELY got out of the first round). New York Knicks (nothing to show for it).

With one exception (the Miami Heat), first round winning teams in the playoffs this year "grew" their team organically and then made one or two final moves to complete the package (Spurs / Wizards / Trailblazers / Pacers / Thunder)

DL knows what he is doing. He is building a sustainable model - similar to that of the Spurs. I know we all hate the spurs - but i'd take their winning history over the jazz's any day.

CottageCheese
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Look -

The jazz traded three guys that weren't going to be on their team anyways, and got a guy that will be on their team, $1,000,000, and a draft pick.

If you had an opportunity to turn nothing into something - wouldn't you do it? And wouldn't people admire you for it?

Pull your heads out jazz fans.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

@IndeMak
No the Sacramento Kings are the KC Royals. Utah is the New Orleans Jazz. I get your point though. San Antonio at least has Popovich and the chance of winning a title. Utah doesn't have a lot to offer an "A" list free agent.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Model like the Spurs? I don't see Duncan or the Admiral on this team. Nor a Parker or Ginobli. This team is nothing like the Spurs. Favors will never be an offensive threat. Kanter will never play defense. Hayward will never to a 4 quarter player nor a good shooter. Burke is too small, Burkes can't shoot and Exum is a rookie with zero playing experience outside of high school. Hood was coached by the best and may turn into the best player on the team. No Veterans on this team to help the younger players. When Jerry was here, we were like the Spurs. Now we are like the Bobcats.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

The Jazz had a ton of cap room this off-season. Instead of going after the best free agents, they sign Hayward to a max deal. Who on the Spurs has a max deal?

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