Utah Jazz notebook: Team signs Othyus Jeffers from the D-League

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  • Tim
    March 8, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    So while the Jazz needs a big center .. they signs a gaurd .. Hope Jazz knows what thay are doin !!

  • The big problem
    March 4, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    is DWill since the Brewer trade. He has for various reasons just not played well. The Jazz are very susceptible to average to poor PG play. That is why they absolutely have to have a very good back PG.

    When DWill is hurt or in a funk the back up PG has to step up and in. Price is a little better than last year but he just does not run the team that well.

    The Jazz were a stronger team with Fish at back PG and SG. The 2 PG approach helps the Jazz inside game a lot. Brewer helped as a defacto second PG even though he could not shoot.

    Mathews and maybe CJ will eventually take over that role? The hope is that they do it by the playoffs.

    The 13th guy is meaningless. I would rather have Fez on the floor than Moore. I would probably rather have Koufos on the floor.

    Gaines knows the offense well enough that he can play SG if he has to.

    Sloan is going to got to a short rotation unless there is a match up he wants to exploit.

    The Jazz have to get a good PG back up.

  • @blauch/7footmyth
    March 4, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    actually the Jazz need players who can guard and also score against LA/DEN inside and that is not Boozer/Okur/Millsap. For most of the rest of the teams the Jazz do not need 7 footers but to contend they do.

    It is not a myth it is a nasty reality. Boozer reverts to fading jump shots. Okur goes outside and Millsap gets blocked.

  • todd from santa ana
    March 4, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    do what college coaches do, recruit show your best video tapes of Utah and what it has to offer, profile communities throw in a few blanche stats and there presto like Peabody you sold your recruit

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Wow.. Tons of unintelligent comments as usual. Brewer is gone because they weren't going to be able to re-sign him next year. Memphis made a decent offer so why not get something out of nothing? KOC knows what he's doing.. This is what he does for a living.. Clearly he is going to sign the best player available that WANTS to come to Utah. A guy has to argee to come here.. You can't just say "Hey.. You're a top free agent.. You're playing here now!" It doesn't work like that. Think before you post!

  • the Mailman
    March 4, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    re: @the mailman

    Only because of pathetic management will they make a loss, IF they do.

    I'll ask you this, if money is not the main consideration, why did they give Maynor away, their 1st round pick, for nothing?

  • @the mailman
    March 4, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    making a profit? yea, the jazz are just raking in the dough this year, right, whatever you say...

  • Give it some time...
    March 4, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Wow, I can't believe how many people are upset about the 13th man! Can everybody agree to count to ten while taking deep breaths before jumping to conclusions about the Jazz's desire to win?

    This guy is a defense first type player who may be able to barely crack the rotation, but he is going to have 6 fouls to give. Think about 6 fouls to harrass Carmelo or Kobe in the playoffs. I'll wait while that computes...

    If this guy plays 10 minutes in the playoffs just to throw a different look at these guys as well as some tough D, I'm all for it. It may not put them over the top, but can you tell me who is out there that could? We have already seen Mikki Moore and know he will not stop anyone on the Lakers, and while Larry Hughes can score in bunches at times, he is a me first player that would never get off the bench for Sloan. You want to talk about ruining chemistry, well he's your guy.

    Just give it some time before making your negative judgements.

  • O'Conner's a bum
    March 4, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    This absolutely makes the Brewer trade meaningless. I thought the idea was to get rid of the logjam at the 2-3 position instead O'Conner signs a wing player? What is he thinking? The Jazz will never amount to anything great. They'll be a good team but never great.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    What does it matter if we picked up another guard? He will not play. We could have signed a center and it still wont matter. They came from the D-league so i doubt they are better than any nba player we have.. so fez and koufus are better than anyone from the d league.


  • the Mailman
    March 4, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    re: Brandon

    dont worry brother, D-Will will be gone as soon as his current contract expires so you wont have to listen to him for that much longer.

    D-Will is a winner, so he will want to go to a club that actually wants to win a ring, not JUST make a profit. Greg Miller has said it himself so there can be no doubt.

  • re sokol and z
    March 4, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    what do you mean they would mess up the chemistery? looks to me like that was done when they got rid of brewer. played like crap since. re z you said brewer couldn't shoot couldn't dribble but we got rid of him just in time he would be signing a big contract with someone next year? why would he get a big contract if he is no good? and why was he starting in utah? o"connor said he would be signing a millsap like contract next year BULL nobody would have gave him 8 mil maby 2 or 3 . just like he said we were crowded at the wing then sign's another one. cain't belive anything coming out of his mouth look's like sokol and z do.

  • Harrry Bush
    March 4, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    The Jazz took the cheap route.

  • clover
    March 4, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    Check out the otheyus jeffers story yesterday @ "ridiculous upside" .com.

    This might change your minds, haters.

  • blauch
    March 4, 2010 1:27 p.m.


    That has always been my complaint with Miles is his team defense. He doesn't slide over and take charges, his rotation is poor.

    Defensive is a team effort. I have actually said multiple times that I think that Miles has given more effort on defense lately. You see him jumping trying to defend shots.

    My Biggest problem with Miles is the even though he is shooting the lowest Percentage on the team (players who actually play - Koufas and Gaines are worst) he takes more shots per minutes than anyone - Even Williams. He also has a very low rate of going to the line. That is a high volume chucker who is extremely inefficient.

    Statistically speaking - He make the team much worst.

    For example the Jazz had the best Offense in the entire NBA 2 seasons ago, they benched AK (extraordinarily efficient player) for CJ Miles and the Jazz then went to having the 10th best offensive team.
    Part of that is on Boozer being injured. But CJ is a much worst offensive player than AK.

    Anyway, Why do you like CJ so much?

  • Brandon
    March 4, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    If Williams is angry about his team then he should start making free throws and playing better. Two lousy games recently.

  • Miles
    March 4, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    @Blauch: Hold on, last week defense was a individual thing as in, "CJ doesn't play any defense". Now this week it is a team thing? And when did playing hard on defense equate to good defense? Korver plays hard on defense but no one in their right mind would call him a good defender.

    Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with the Jazz. They are one of the top teams in the NBA playing in a small market where most pro athletes don't want to live. Let's face it, SLC is not an awesome place for 20 somethings with lots of money.

  • Cool Hand Luke
    March 4, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Dudes!!! RELAX!!!

    *Brewer deal was Necessary! They were not going to match any other offers! First rounder for nothing! is good in my book. Plus his outside shot was a liability, even though I loved his hustle & athleticism and finishing around the hoop!~
    *Maynor, Necessary to rid us of the Harpering Contract!
    *Signing O.J. to a 10 day contract, for 24K (cheap) good move to cover for A.K. back problems.
    *We already have 3 big men. Okur (whom they will play because of his shooting, not so much the defense) F.E.S. Clogs the middle (Play him More!!!) and Koufus, who rarly sees the floor, but who is a hard worker, and knows the JAZZ playbook.
    *O.J. is averging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 dimes, and 51% from the field, (DLeague) not bad! We'll see if he if he gets playing time/defense/shots, he might be a diamond in the rough!

  • clover
    March 4, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    The "O" is a jazz bench warmer for 10 days, so chill people!

    Dwayne Jones (6'11 d-league all star) I could get excited about.

    NOT mikki moore. NOR any injured vet.

  • Cowboy Joe on Brewer
    March 4, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    The Jazz were either going to sign Brewer or Korver to an extension. Brewer can't shoot, and Korver puts fans in the seats. From a business perspective which one would you choose? Exactly that's why the Jazz will sign Korver to an extension.

  • blauch
    March 4, 2010 11:49 a.m.


    I am not calling Okur a defensive stopper - Never have, Never will. Okur is limited defensively, but he is playing hard on defense.

    Defense is a TEAM thing. Not an individual player thing.

    Let me put it to you this way:

    This season the Jazz are allowing 104.5 points per 100 possession.

    Is that good - Yes. It is not great and not NBA Elite but it is good.

    During the Eaton Years (10 years - between 1982 to 1992 season) the Jazz allowed an average 104.55 per 100 possession (now they did have a 4 year stretch where the Jazz were allowing about 103 and one year at 101.5 - the best defense Jazz team ever).

    Even during the Jazz 2 season to the NBA Finals the Jazz averaged 104.0 in 1996 and 105.4 in 1997. The reason the Jazz were so good those season was their offensive was in 113.6 and 112.7. - This years offensive is at 109.6

    I would love the Jazz's defense to get better. Defense is a team sport

  • The Truth
    March 4, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    I get that fans are frustrated this year but if you are looking at this move to put you over the top you all are delusional. Cleveland is getting Big Z and everyone else is marginal at best. It appears that the sky is falling fans and the delusional fans have joined in today!!

    The Jazz have had their eye on this guy and want to get a look up close in PRACTICE! Plus everyone knows they are trying to save luxury tax money this year.

    @cart blanche, how does the Jazz defensive philosophy of guarding the paint, affect Memo's defensive numbers? stats don't tell the whole story. Memo is always going to struggle against athletic forwards and centers. If Memo were so great on D, how come your boy Jerry is going away from him in 4th quarter with the game on the line?

    March 4, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    lack of knowledge: This love affair of Mikki Moore and Larry Hughes is laughable. Neither one will do anything.

    Any big body would have done better. I do not know how many times the uneducated fan cannot understand

    Mikki Moore does not play defense.

    Larry Hughes is about Larry Hughes and getting his

  • NYJazzFan
    March 4, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    The Jazz have a few options to add an experienced big man but if they were seriously interested they would have tried to get Camby, Ratliff, Haywood etc.. even Finley would have provided some good experience. Read this: "We would actively pursue somebody if we thought he could help us win," he added. "Right now I don't see it." KOC.. The Jazz are serious about competing but not serious about winning it all. The post about getting deeper into fans pockets is totally accurate and all the rest of you are deluded...

  • Sokol
    March 4, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    There are alot of smart, astute people that comment on this chart...
    Can anyone tell me why Sloan does not play Fesenko, when he is exactly what the team needs?

    Why is Okur so horrible this year?

  • Bossk
    March 4, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Some good points that make it clear what is really going on. At this point, #13 doesn't really matter. He bides time until we can check out Moore or Hughes, who are probably the only two bigs we could get who realistically could contribute by playoff time. Neither is great, but they might play a key role in a game or two, and that's all that we can expect.

    The Jazz have the talent, and will get better. Unless you're talking Kobe or LeBron or DWade, winning in the NBA isn't about talent. It's about effort and chemistry. Sometimes the Jazz have it, and sometimes they don't.

    The Jazz need to work on three things:

    1. Number 1 is DWill. He needs to be more consistent and play with real effort all of the time. He has the talent, but too often lets his mind or mood get in the way.

    2. We have to solve the center problem. It's our main defect. Okur isn't the answer. Fes: maybe?

    3. Korver & Matthews just need to keep improving their shots. They both can do it, and both give the effort.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    I hope they are just waiting on vets to get healthy like Mikki More and Larry Hughes!!

  • Ed
    March 4, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    It was a contest to see which team could find the players with the strangest first names. Since Tyreke and LeBron were already taken, we had to settle with this guy. But our last two new players put us ahead of the rest of the pack....and we have Memo, too.

  • lame lame lame lame lame
    March 4, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame LAME!!!!!!!!

  • CL
    March 4, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    I can't believe how many whiners there are about this.
    If the Jazz had there way they wouldn't even sign anther player, they are doing this just to comply with the league rule for 13 players minimum, while complying they will just evaluate a player they think may have potential. Also they will probably just sign him for 1 or 2 10 day contracts and let him go.
    Even though I don't think Mikke Moore is better than Fes, it probably wouldn't be too bad to pick him up as the 13th player, he is long and tall and experienced(not enough bulk).
    I think the reason the Jazz have had problems against Sac & LA Clips is how DWill played. When he is not playing well, sometimes he tries too hard and forces things, he needs to get the other players involved more and not try to do more himself. Pushing the ball is when the Jazz are playing at their best.
    Go Jazz, let's take it to the Suns!

  • Curtis
    March 4, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    I think it is funny how people complain about all the things and moves Jazz made for money but forget they matched the Paul Millsap offer, and matched the CJ Miles offer. Those moves were not for money and were for the team and fans but you forget quickly. Now they are trying to make up for some of that money that caused them to go way over the salary cap. They can't spend everything or the Jazz wouldn't exist in the first place.

  • Nobody
    March 4, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    waves a towel like Mikki Moore

  • Miles
    March 4, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    @Blauch: I thought I was a defender of CJ, you have taken it to a whole new level for Memo. Talk about being delusional. You are now calling Memo a defensive stopper. The reason that teams are not scoring in the paint is because CJ doesn't let them in there!!

  • Come on people
    March 4, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Listen once again Brewer was going to demand way to much money from the Jazz as a free agent. It is better to get something for him now rather than nothing later.

  • Why another wing?
    March 4, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    Not sure why some posters say we need wings that can shoot! I think the Jazz have those already. The problem is getting plays designed to let the wings use that talent. If your offense is to consistently shove the ball inside the wings don't have alot of chances to use that outside shooting. The Jazz wings are good at passing inside, but they need more freedom to shoot. Korver is a dead eye from the 3 point line but if he misses one he gets pulled. Who hits 100% of the time?Matthews gets a little more freedom because Sloan loves his defense. Not sure why anyone things we need any more wing players when the Jazz don't use them effectively.

  • Mike
    March 4, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    I love how everybody keeps saying KOC is horrible and that the Jazz don't want to win. Please, people, there are way more teams in the NBA that have had a lot less success over the last 20 years than teams that have had more success. That is pretty impressive for the smallest market in the league. As far as being upset that they want to save money, well it is either that or relocate. The Jazz are a business. They need to make money. If they relocated to a larger market they would have more luxury in spending more. I for one love the Jazz and don't want to lose them.

  • The Bigger Picture
    March 4, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    Y'all want to bring in an old guy with injuries? I call that a band-aid that is eventually going to fall off, sooner than later. None of us know all of the issues that are behind what KOC is doing. You think he is going to devulge what he is doing and let everyone in the league see his plan? I don't think so. I like the building for the future idea. We have the 4th youngest team in the league and we need to prep to beat some great younger teams that will be the powerhouses of tomorrow. We aint beatin the lakers this year so why not build so we can kick butt in the next year or 2. See the bigger picture!

  • blauch
    March 4, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    Dwill made 5 of 15 against the Clippers and 4 of 16 against the Kings. That is the reason we lost those games. The Jazz bigs are fine. If anything they should be starting Millsap for Okur (even if he is smaller). This myth that you need 7'0 tall players to win is not true. IT IS NOT TRUE

    Finley, Moore, Hughes, or any of the released players are not going to help the Jazz win. They simply are not.

    The Jazz could have traded Boozer for cap relief, but that would have made the team worst. So for cap relief they trade Brewer and Maynor and they got a first round draft pick. That is all they did. They did everything possible (while remaining financially viable) to keep a very good team. They are only 1 loss behind Denver and Dallas. I still think that this team has a good chance of getting the 2nd or 3rd spot.

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 4, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Good move in signing D-League Jeffers to a 10-day. Nice way to postpone having to REALLY fill the empty slot.

    Just might work out. Better than signing Finley.

    Who knows? Jeffers might be better than Miles! (They called him a slasher, something you can't say about Miles.)

    Mikki would be a great pick-up later on if Jeffers doesn't impress, and if Mikki is ready to play. Front line help is sorely needed. I liked him when he was here before.

    P.S. Jeffers doesn't need minutes to prove himself. They can evaluate him enough in practices.

    The posters complaining about this move are missing the point. It's a postponement of getting a big man, like Mikki, later on, while at the same time checking someone out who's doing well in the D-League. Duh!

  • blauch
    March 4, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Yes Todd (I am posting this here also) The Clippers scored 36 points in the paint

    The Clippers scored 46 against San Antonio
    The Clippers scored 38 against Atlanta
    They scored 32 against Charlotte
    44 Points against Cleveland
    32 against Boston
    34 against the Lakers
    38 against Denver
    40 points against Haywood and the clippers

    Todd teams score in the paint. Maybe you should watch the Clippers more often (you live so close).

    Do you honestly believe an NBA team should allow 20 points in the paint. The Jazz are as good as anyone at guarding the Clippers or any team in the paint. 82 games did a study about guarding the paint 2008 - The Jazz were #7 in the NBA and they said it had little relevance on a team success

    As far as Haywood. You really think that Haywood is 6 to 8 points better defensively
    82 games

    Opponents score 18.9 points shooting 52% against Haywood
    Opponents score 16.3 points shooting 48% against Okur


  • everyone chill
    March 3, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    they just got this guy so they can have 10 more days of negotiating a contract with mikki moore, thats all. this guy probably wont ever step on the court. plus its the 13th man on the roster! i doubt the 13th man in line on our team is going to have any impact on what we currently have. we weren't going to find a guy in the free agency that would move us up to championship level, so just freakin chill out already!

  • Even with Brewer
    March 3, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    It was unlikely the Jazz were going to beat LA/DEN and maybe rebuilt DAL. Without Brewer they are not stronger but they are cheaper. They may as well look at some players they may want for next year as cheap role players.

    At least KOC has gotten some players who actually play defense. Brewer had to be replaced and wings who can play D but can't shoot can be had cheaper than Brewer. The cap is forcing the Jazz to make moves they have to make if they are ever going to contend.

    Sloan has to rethink his offense to win. He has to have wings who can shoot but have the PG to PF/C inside game as his primary attack. He also sometimes needs a slasher but not an expensive one.

    There are 3 weaknesses.

    1. A back up PG who can actually run the team (Gaines next year).
    2. Wings who can shoot and defend (maybe Mathews/Korver).
    3. Bigs who can play with LA/DEN (hopefully Fez/Koufos).

    The bigs are the hardest problem to solve.

  • Try out
    March 3, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    The Jazz have to have a 13th player. They want to look at this guy in practice. They may bring up another player at another position that they want to look at later.

    I am not sure there is anyone out there who can help the Jazz. Moore won't be in playing shape even if he remembers the offense/defense. Besides you might as well play Fez/Koufos.

    Every other Vet I know of does not know the offense or is old and slow. Findley seems headed for BOS and Z is not coming to Utah.

    The best hope for the Jazz is to develop the wings they have right now and get ready for the playoffs. Sloan is going to shorten the rotation anyway.

    $24000 is cheaper than Brewer (hurt anyway). Mathews/Korver/CJ have to step up and replace what Brewer did well and also shoot. Gaines/Price can play SG in an emergency.

    Fez/Koufos have to be ready if any big goes down.

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    Wow some of you really dont get it! The 13th guy isnt going to lead any team to the playoffs or the championship or anywhere! He's the 13th guy! So, the jazz are going to check out this guy, probably wont be overly impressed and in ten days they get the guy they want. Good for Jeffers, he gets some nba experience, and maybe he'll pull a Gaines and show us something. Bringing in a young center to sit behind our other two young centers would do absolutely nothing good, but show Fes that we dont think he can cut it. He's been playing pretty well in his sparse minutes so why mess with that? The success of this team in the playoffs rests on D-Will, mostly, and has nothing to do with the 13th player on the roster, no matter who it is.

  • Miles
    March 3, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Who cares who we signed!! Jerry isn't going 13 deep. $24,000 for 10 days is cheap by NBA standards. Just fill the spot as required by the NBA. That's all this signing is for. If in 10 days a better deal comes along then sign them.

  • A word to sour fans
    March 3, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Why the sour feelings toward Kevin O' Connor? How about you take his job and see how you do.

    He does a good job. Who do you think we are, LA or Cleveland? What, you think we should go and get 40 million over the luxury cap, meaning we pay 80 million over the luxury cap? You have some millions we can borrow there?

    And it isn't all about money. Money is big, but it isn't everything. Name a player we need right now that we can GET RIGHT NOW at the right price. Big Z? Not happening. Mikki Moore? Injured. Also, does "trade deadline" mean anything to you? Yeah, that means most of the players we want are no longer an option.

    How about we support the team? Yeah, I think that sounds good. As said above, the Jazz will bide their time. Hopefully we will be able to land a player that we need. If not, we sign another 10-day and try again.

    It's really not that difficult to understand.

  • Doug
    March 3, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    There will be some great announcers at the game tonight, Doug Collins is a master strategist and usually is very high on the Jazz. He also likes the Suns so it will be interesting to see how things go but when Jerry steps down it would be fantastic to get him to step into the coaching shoes in Utah.

    Nice to see some reality with the ranters. Too bad for folks like Houdini who think that Brewer who can't shoot or dribble and Maynor who is a backup were going to get us to the finals. There should be a law about thought processes.

    Jazz are in a tough spot as talk about Mikki is just talk. Look around the league what happens to centers who suffer foot injuries. This guy got released by the Clippers and the line to sign a foot injury prone center is pretty short.

    On the other hand Deron has an injury that is going to prevent him from playing 100% so a guard is not the worst thing in the world.

    Boston deserves a geriatric Finley to keep the old folks company. Pickings are slim.

  • rvalens2
    March 3, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    I'm wondering how many people posting here actually read the sport's article before commenting on the signing?

    This is 10 DAY CONTRACT, that's all.

    The Jazz did it to satisfy the league's demand to have 13 players on the roster.

    I believe the Jazz signed him because they see something in him they like and are waiting to see how Mikki Moore and Larry Hughes injuries are coming along in 10 days.

    I won't be at all surprised if they sign Jeffers for another 10 day contract and then opt to sign either Hughes or Moore, if they are still available at that point.

    Don't panic Jazz fans things may still turn out just fine.

  • Amen GregH
    March 3, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    FINALLY! A post with common sense. There's a reason he's only signed to a 10-day contract - it's to bide time until the players they are really interested in (and realistically can get) are healthy enough to play!

  • better off
    March 3, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    The Jazz will be fine come playoffs. U people think 7 footers grow on trees. Brewer can not shoot from outside and that would have hurt us again this year in playoffs. We need to be able to spread the floor.

  • DOwn with O'Connor
    March 3, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    Nuff said. O'Connor should divide up his salary and give some to Jazz fans because he shouldn't have a job. Right in the middle of playing our best basketball he makes a trade that doesn't make us better but worse. And then he signs a player that plays GUARD. I would have been more intrigued and positive if it was a center but he signs a GUARD. I think Mark Cuban is crazy but I would much rather have an owner like him instead of little MIller because you know he wants to win as badly as his players do.

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    JUst wait and see. It's about money move. Finley comes with price double luxtax.

  • @ Risky
    March 3, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Let's keep the focus on basketball professor. Maybe you should go educate at your local junior high since you're so dang intuitive. If someone wants to say "should of" let it be and get a life.....Unbelievable

    To everyone--the Jazz will be fine. Let's maintain a sense of optimism as we all need that down the stretch. Please leave the Brewer thing in the past. We just don't need him and he would have been exposed once again in the playoffs. He absolutely killed us last year... Korver, Matthews and CJ will fill the gap nicely and the Jazz will be more than fine.....seriously.

  • Dump cj
    March 3, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    KOC is a JOKE! So are the Jazz! Got rid of Maynor for Gaines...BONE HEADED MOVE!...Got rid of Brewer for Jeffs...now that'll help us advance in the post season!

  • All this does
    March 3, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    is fullfill the NBA requirement to have the 13 on the roster. Saves the Jazz money, and they feel that they will finish the season with what they have! done---over---finished!!

  • JD
    March 3, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    I really wonder about some people. The NBA requires a 13th man be signed, so the Jazz sign someone. The idea wasn't to get better; it was just to abide by what I think is a rather stupid rule.

    Indeed, if not for that rule, it is doubtful the Jazz would have signed anyone. They are already over the salary cap, and there is no indication that going further over will benefit them immediately or in the long-term.

  • risky
    March 3, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    Every team has 12th and 13th players. They are for practice and scrimmages....and maybe for injury replacement. That's it. And the cheaper, the better. They will always be on the team.

    Everyone who keeps clamoring for a starting center who is an all-star, needs to drink more of whatever they are guzzling. We are all still waiting for the answer...."Who is that starting center?"

    By the way, would everyone please quit writing "should of?" Please. The phrase is "should've"....abreviated version of "should have."


  • where do.....
    March 3, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    you jokers think your going to pick up a 7 foot diamond in the ruff. every gm in the league looks for this guy year round. dwill is going to be fine, im not going to worry about that. also, i would rather have management that doesnt get into debt consistently and run the team into the ground. the brewer trade was all about money. what do think we are paying this new guy anyway? not nearly what brewer made. i still think we have a really good team. guess what people, players are not machines and cant perform at an a+ level every night and that is just the facts. GO JAZZ!

  • Houdini
    March 3, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    I`m sure he`ll get us to the finals....Jazz made a decision when they dumped Maynor and Brewer to give up this season.Other teams,especially Dallas got way better.Jazz quit on us,management anyway,I`d be shocked if we get to the second round,we are in for the famous Watsatch Fade

  • paul
    March 3, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    The Jazz signed him to a 10 day contract, that said they are buying time to see who else is available in the next couple of weeks. Be patient Jazz fans, O'Conner know's what he is doing.

  • jazzy101
    March 3, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Just like Gaines he'll be a waterboy-bench sitting-towel boy for the rest of the team.

  • Northstar
    March 3, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Hummm, I like the Mikki Moore idea. Lets wait and see what happens after 10 days, hehe.

  • Z
    March 3, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    I keep hearing everyone talk about this "big, strong, tough, skilled big man" that the Jazz should've signed. My question to you all is; Who is this big man? Is it Ilgauskas? I hope you're not referring to him. He's not the answer. The big you're talking about doesn't exist. Also, the Brewer move was a great move. He can't shoot, he can't dribble, his on ball defense is not that good, and he would've got a big offer this off season that the Jazz had no way to match. At least they got a first rounder out of it which is exactly where they picked Brewer. The real problem on this team is that they're still not commited to defense. Until they're all on board with that, they're not going anywhere anyways. The Jazz only signed Jeffers to meet the league's requirement the cheapest way they could. Who knows, maybe he'll turn in to something.

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    What the!!!! WHO???? WHY??? What are they thinking they should of signed Hughes or Finley!!! Just another nobody that will sit the bench!!! SUCKY!!!

  • GregH
    March 3, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    I'll admit this signing does seem like a big slap in the face. However, Ilgauskas has all but signed a new contract with Cleveland and Finley is 37. There is another Free Agent out there though that the Jazz could sign in the next week and a half. Larry Hughes! The man is not going to be ready to play for the next week and a half. So, maybe the Jazz are just bringing this guy up to fill a roster spot that is required. Once Hughes is ready to play, then who knows! Also, Mikki Moore is hurt and if the Jazz want him he also wont be ready to play for about 2 weeks. This is why they signed him to 10 day contract. The reality of a 10 day contract is that most of them only last 10 days. Sundiatta Gaines goes against the norm!.

  • nobody
    March 3, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    whinners! when dude shot the game winner against the lakers you will have to eat your bash!

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    letting Brewer go was all about the money

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 7:00 p.m.

    very dissapointing:( if we need another wing man why did pass on Finley, we need experience player in the playoff.sad sad

  • mulrich
    March 3, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    William's has every right to be angry. He's paid to win basketball games and winning is harder when your management trades a starter for a possible future pick.
    Brewer likely didn't have a future in Utah (his fate was decided when we matched CJ's offer) so trading him wasn't a bad idea. I just wish we could have got something that actually made us a better team this year. We were playing really well and were likely only a piece or two from contending with the Lakers and Nuggets.
    This trade just showed the management didn't think we'd compete for a title this year so they started investing in the future.

  • John
    March 3, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    it seems that everybody here is angry because of this deal but who knows maybe Stockton's scenario will happen again we all remember when the fans whistled against John after he signs the Utah Jazz!

  • to Pleasing D-Will?
    March 3, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    Did you say something about showing your ignorance??? Take a gander at what you wrote..."What that saying about-thinking about something you don't know nothing about is one thing, talking about it removes all doubt I bel;ieve". Can you at least learn to spell and punctuate before accusing others of being ignorant???

  • in the mean time...
    March 3, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    the team lost to Clippers and Kings.
    How pathetic!!!

  • Weird Al Yankovic
    March 3, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Why the heck did they trade Brewer and then sign a sub-par swingman? It makes no sense at all. They should have kept Brewer. They have been doing slightly but noticeably worse since they traded him, and I think that is not a coincidence.

  • 7 footer
    March 3, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    we need a big denfensive minded, good rebounding center but he should have some good go to moves on offense. know any one? he could help against pau dwight and shaq u know?

  • Pleasing D-Will?
    March 3, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Who cares what this primma-donna thinks? He's paid to play not manage, and for the rest of you negative posters no one was going to help this year, and this is just a 10 day contract so cool it a little instead of showing your ignorance. What that saying about-thinking about something you don't know nothing about is one thing, talking about it removes all doubt I bel;ieve.

  • to @What the &#%@
    March 3, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    how about actually reading my comment before you comment...i was making the point that since he will not get any minutes, why not take a chance on a big that might turn out to be a "diamond in the rough". Clearly we don't need another body at the 2/3 either, but since we are bringing somebody in, let it be a big that sits the bench...who knows, he might turn out to show us something. A guard that shows us something will still get no playing time, but a big that shows us something may find a few minutes, given the lack of talent at the center position.

  • Wayne
    March 3, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    Just proof that its all about the money I hope the fans dont buy any more tickets untill we get management that is realy intent winning a championship

  • Bossk
    March 3, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    I agree. This makes no sense at all. This is exactly what we don't need. How in the world can he contribute? The only sense I see if it is a placeholder until we can sign an existing player like Ilgauskas, who isn't deciding until the weekend. Like "What the..." said, if you're going to just throw away the money and position, at least get someone who - if they do turn out to be good - is someone we can actually use.

    Gaines was a good choice because we needed a third point guard. But we do not need another wing. We still have six players who can play the #2 and at least four who can play #3. Even if this guy is great, he would help only if two or three of our current wings were injured. We need a big, strong, tough center.

    Fortunately, this is only a 10-day contract, and we can always sign someone else even before the contract is up if we can make a deal. KOC had to sign someone, so maybe that all this is. Nothing against Jeffers, but let's hope so.

  • Sloan'd
    March 3, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    "I don't see how this helps the Jazz. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't think you can get someone better than what we have at the wing out of the D-league."

    You really think this?

    Look, the Jazz need a D-League swingman as much as they need a center or a point guard--NOT VERY MUCH. In fact, they probably need a swingman more, in case of injury to Kirilenko or Korver.

    There is no "need" on the Jazz that can be filled with a D-League player. They might as well get the best possible player. They have no need that can be filled by a player that doesn't require a huge contract.

    You also need to go back to the Brewer trade. He won't be back next year, and he isn't crucial to this team. So, the Jazz got something for nothing.

  • anonymous
    March 3, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    This will for sure be the move that puts the Jazz over the top! Hahaha. This is becoming a joke and ever more apparent that the moves this year are not about winning. Folks, we are getting fed a huge helping of bull and false advertisement with this product.

  • @ What the &#%@
    March 3, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Jeffers won't be seeing many minutes. Plus, we already have three centers on the roster, we don't need more stiffs.

  • wayne
    March 3, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Anonymous, yes you are missing something. you want the Jazz to win this year. but the Jazz are looking to the future. another lottery pick that they can sale to offset resigning booozer. sounds like a will win win. just not this year.

  • @ Sokol
    March 3, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    I seriously doubt Jeffers will be getting any minutes. The Jazz are pretty set on their rotation now. Signing a 13th man is just a mere formality.

    Would have it been nice to pick someone up like Ilgauskas, Finley or any of the other bought out players? Yes. But, that would significantly alter team chemistry.

    Good pick and anything Jeffers can contribute is a bonus.

  • Bone-headed move
    March 3, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    Kevin if you were trying to piss off Deron Williams for the remainder of the season, congratulations... you did a great job. It appears Deron was right, you made the team worse in order to save a few bucks. That's why Deron signed a 3 year contract.

  • Nevada fan
    March 3, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    This organization isn't serious about a championship! They just want to stay good enough to compete at a medium level and get in the fans pocket. This team is good, but isn't great like the Lakers, or the Nuggets nor will they ever be with the management or the owner. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.


  • What the &#%@
    March 3, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    A guard??? Now let me get this straight...we got rid of Ronnie Brewer why? Didn't Kevin O tell us that we were log jammed at that position and that was why we needed to trade him for a future asset? If Jeffers is just going to sit the bench, why not sign a big and maybe get a diamond in the rough. Kevin, please tell me what i am missing...you know more than i do, but it looks very much like we got rid of a valuable asset to the team, just to save some money and not because it made the team better...something you said you would not do.

  • areyoukiddingme?
    March 3, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    This is ridiculous we don't need another gaurd! What we need is a center. This just proves that the Ronnie Brewer trade was about the money. D Will is not going to like this at all. Way to go O' Conner.

  • Sokol
    March 3, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    So they were crowded at the wings and they got rid
    of Brewer to bring in a wing....Do you think its
    time Jazz fans demanded KOC have a psychological examination?

  • Anonymous
    March 3, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    I don't see how this helps the Jazz. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't think you can get someone better than what we have at the wing out of the D-league.

  • LaBron
    March 3, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    Looks like the Jazz find another great player. Matthews #23 and Jeffers # 6 they all wear LaBrons numbers and play like him. Play Offs here we come.

  • man
    March 3, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    come on we need to get somewho better. a good tall post player