Utah Jazz notebook: Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson among six NBA hopefuls who'll work out for Jazz today

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  • BBSmith
    June 9, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    @eceryda Larry Sanders will not be available for round 2. I wish that he was becuase he would be a perfect player for the Jazz. He is teachable, young but very capable of making a difference. I think the jazz should get a little crafty and trade down to try and get both Babbitt and Sanders. Mark my words, Babbitt will be the better pro over Henry.

  • jazzfan86
    June 9, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Here is an idea: suppose Carlos Boozer would prefer a sign and trade to get paid a max deal that they Jazz would not be willing to pay him.
    Kevin O'Conner seems to deal well with Philidelphia.
    How does this trade work? Sign/trade Boozer for max deal and trade our #9 pick for Elton Brand and Philly's #2 pick in this draft. There might have to be some cash to offset the trade but I think it makes sense.
    Any better ideas to move up in the draft?

  • Winglish
    June 9, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    If Monroe is gone, I'd like for the Jazz to take Xavier Henry as a possible replacement for Korver. Henry is big, strong, and long. He can defend. His shot is flawlessly smooth, much like Korver's. He can also dribble drive and finish after contact, something Korver does not do well. I'm not saying I don't want the Jazz to re-sign Korver. I just don't know that they'll have the money to do so.

    Udoh is the best finisher around the basket in this draft. His shot is ugly, horrible mechanics (Brewer in a bigger body). The Jazz offense relies on big men who can shoot. Aldrich gets you 8 and 8 regularly, nothing spectacular. Monroe's game is perfect offensively for the Jazz, though he blocks no shots (something the Jazz need badly). Take him IF he's available.

  • eceryda
    June 9, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    @Bugoff I agree with you. But what if we were to do everything you said but, see if we can trade Sapp for another draft pick maybe in the 20-to late 1st round and get another Defender to take over for Ak when his contract is up, How about Jarvis Varnado.

    Pg. D-Will,Price,Gaines
    Sg. Miles,Babbit
    SF. Sapp,Ak,Varnado(can play SF)
    Pf. Boozer,Varnado
    C. Mehmet,(when he's healthy)Koof,and Larry Sanders (with our 2nd round pick)

  • Big_Ben
    June 9, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Bugoff, where does hoopsworld get its credibility? seems like a blogger who likes Babbit the best and wants others to believe the jazz want him. Lets hope its just a rumor. You can trade down and still get Babbit and something else. He is not worth the number nine pick.

  • Bugoff
    June 9, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    According to Hoopsworld Babbit is the number 1 choice for the Jazz and Monroe is 2. They also like Henry. Udoh is dropping on many boards due to unpolished work outs.

    Babbit or Monroe is fine with me. I think Babbit is more NBA ready. He probably replaces Korver which might improve the possibility of resigning Boozer.

    Speculation is that the price of PFs is dropping. Lee may be available for cheaper than he wants. Boozer is not getting a max.

    There are a lot of PFs on the market and in the draft.

    I think it is a bad move but the Jazz could sign and start Boozer at C, Millsap at SF with Koufos as back up. Babbit replacing Korver. Fes walks.

    That does not sound like a stronger team to me.

    Korver and Fes pay for Boozer's raise. I really do not think Boozer is the right player to build around for the future.

    Garnett and Big Baby went right at the LA bigs with success. Millsap does like wise.

    The Jazz can get a back up PF a lot cheaper than moving Boozer to C where he is weak.

  • Jesse
    June 9, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a trade. If upward I hope it's to 2 or 3 for Favors or Turner, but that may cost too much. The Minnesota option is nice, but would Minnesota do it? Who would they target at 9? If we end up doing that, we just can't miss on any pick, including in round 2. It's a deep draft and we really could get 3 contributors if we trade down, a big and wing in the first round and a 3rd PG in round 2. Or we keep Gaines and take the best possible player that fell to the late 2nd.

  • BBSmith
    June 9, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    Big_Ben and scott_px both of your answers have been the best that I have heard. If somehow hte jazz can work it out to get Babbitt and Sanders this year they will have won in my opinion. It will set them up for a great run the next few year. If they can add ryna Richards or Derek Character in the 2nd round it will just be the icing on the cake!!

  • Big_Ben
    June 9, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    I like Luke Babbit, but I dont like him at number nine. If we can trade down and still get him and pick up another asset, great. I will just REALLY be disappointed if after all this hype over the last two years, we convert the Knicks pick into Luke Babbitt.

    I say we try to trade up and guarantee ourselves the guy we want.

  • Doug10
    June 9, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    Thrilled to hear the JAzz are looking for a Korver replacement. Where can they find someone who won't shoot under pressure, somebody who disappears when they have to play defense, somebody who can't dribble, somebody who earns half what Boozer earsn but plays 20% of the minutes and even though he is the designated shooter has point averages that rival rookie wings and other bench warmers?

  • scott_px@yahoo.com
    June 9, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    RE:byronbca The Jazz are smart to be bringing this many guys in to work out. They must be looking at plan B. If one of the players like Monroe, Davis or Udoh doesn't fall to 9 they'll likely trade down with Minnesota to get the 16th and 23rd picks if that's a fair trade. Then they can take a chance on Sanders or Whiteside or Florida State centeras well as get a decent player at number 23. I really think this draft is deeper than last year and there are so many players from 5-25 that are quality and are jumping all over mock draft boards.

  • byronbca
    June 8, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    I call this the should the Jazz trade down workout

  • PJ
    June 8, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    Its deosn't surprise me Jared Quayle is not NBA material, just like Gary Wilkinson, Spencer Nelson and Jaycee Carroll. But those four were all invited to work out for the Jazz. I think it shows the respect the Jazz have for the Utah State program and the quality coaching these guys get in Logan.

  • Gukina
    June 8, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Go Monroe!!!

  • JC4
    June 8, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Xavier Henry is a guard from Kansas, not Xavier.

  • DRay
    June 8, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    the Jazz pick must be not only of a quality athlete that fills a need, but if possible, also someone that would entice other players in W. Matthews situation to want to play for Utah, and D-Will to want to stay.