Brad Rock: Era of superstars in Utah is over

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  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    I will miss DWill forever. He is a class act, and one of the greatest players in the league. I'm not happy with the decision, but I understand it.

    The problem I see is coming from ownership and management. Since Larry H. Miller died we have lost Brewer, Korver, Matthews, Boozer, Sloan, Johnson, and now DWill. It has only been a year since the passing of Miller, and the management is going crazy. I hope they have an actual plan, not just jumping into whatever deals come around.

  • holt56 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    I feel sort of bad that a talent like Williams, being the fierce competitor he is, will languish on a 17 win team for another year and a half. He can try to put a happy face on it, but you know he is facing the reality that to win games, the mantle is on him.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    Feb. 24, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    I think the small market situation is needing to be fixed in the NBA. Does this send a comment on the fact that a 'franchise tag' is not possible in the NBA?
    If you do not have parity in the NBA, this sport will be diminished to the ugly second cousin of the NFL, just more fixed.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    All you Jazz fans who think losing the best point guard in the NBA is a good thing will soon feel the same pain as Cleveland fans are now feeling after losing LaBron. You don't recover when you trade a superstar. Utah will soon become the Cleveland of the West....

  • MKMuffin Boise, ID
    Feb. 24, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    "The Jazz has become decidedly more businesslike in recent years." What?!? Eric Maynor and Ronnie Brewer were salary-dumped. Brittle veterans were give big contracts (here's looking at you, Mehmet). Very little has been invested in player development. D-Will saw the handwriting on the wall and in the W/L column. So long, Paul Milsap, it's been good to watch you. What is the identity of this franchise?

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    The Jazz have to have wings who can shoot, and who will set picks and play defense.

    It is not just a matter of the Jazz getting better shooters. They also have to do the dirty work, make the offense run and play D (Hornacek).

    AK is pretty close but needs to be a better shooter.

    Bell should be ideal but has struggled.

    CJ is a sporadic shooter/defender.

    Hayward so far is not a shooter.

    The wing problem is front and center now with the loss of DWill.

    The offense will not run they way it has to because of the lack of shooting in the PG/wings. The paint will pack. The bigs will have no room. PG can't penetrate.

    However, getting wings who can shoot, set picks and play D is a lot more problematic than just finding chuckers who can shoot or non shooting wings who will do the other stuff (Brewer).

    The Jazz now have the picks to fix this problem. It will take time.

    They do not need big names. They need efficient shooters who will do the non shooting tasks required by the Sloan offense/defense.

    This takes time.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 24, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    There have been several variations of the Sloan offense.

    In the early days they ran with a traditional BIG defensive C and mostly ran the offense thru Stockton/Malone.

    Last year with the Boozer/Millsap small ball they ran a 2 PF offense and 2 wings and a shooting PG. What was run on the left side was a mirror of the right side plays. The defensive match ups dictated which side.

    For the most part this year they continued the 2 PF set but it tends to bog when the ball goes to AJ. Lately Corbin has modified it some.

    With a non shooting PG (Watson/Harris) the shooting of the wings is crucial to success.

    The wings have to have shooting capability to open the inside for the bigs and also to allow the non shooting PG to penetrate.

    Sloan was reluctant to get wings who could shoot as they tended to shoot instead of set picks and run the offense. He could get away with that to some extent as long as DWill could shoot well.

    It is a new game now with a non shooting PG. Favors is perfect for the 2 PF set.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    I enjoyed watching Deron play, and I wish him the best, but it was obvious that something had been lost from the beginning of the season that started so well and the last few months. Somewhere Deron lost 'heart'and it not only affected his play, but the rest of the team as well. Hopefully the 'new blood' will bring new vitality to the team. Go JAZZ!

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Feb. 24, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    jazz are the new clevland

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    This is the best Jazz trade of all time...I still cannot believe it!

    DeRon would have never resign with us...I do not think he will resign with NJ either.

    NJ will be left with nothing...we will have 4 lottery picks and 3 million in cash!

    Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    It's now time to cool it fans and let Coach Corbin and the teamates do the talking. Talking about Jimmer is assinine, let him complete his college play, and believ me this trade had nothing to do at all with the idea of signing Jimmer! Besides the one thing we don't need is more defense liablities. When Tomic is brought over an added to this group along with the draft picks recieved the landscape in Utah will change immensely. Go Jazz!

  • 3for5spotshooter St George, Utah
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    The trade to Portland last year and the Boozer exit ended the Williams era...

    Not Williams...

    1. It was not classy to find out he had been traded while getting taped up by the trainers...

    2. He still gave a classy interview that he did not have to give...

    This would be sort of like expecting Stockton to still give it his all early in his career if you traded Malone... He might... but he wouldn't like it...

    Final thought... Gasol to the Lakers for nothing and a little cash is like Williams to the Nets for a few players and a little cash...Mathews to Portland... etc.. etc...


    This is a Brown Bear type era now....

    No tickets for me thanks..

    Give mine to the silly plastic surgeon who thinks he's in high school.... with the stupid baseline antics...

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    Great first move KOC, now do something with that expiring 17 million AK contract.

  • Nevada fan Washoe Valley, NV
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Like I was saying DWill is soooo gone, and I say good luck! This organization will never step up or will any star type player want to go to Utah. Please don't get me wrong I grew up in Utah and the state is beautiful, but its not like some of the other states. Its frustrating that out of all the players that need to be traded the only takers wanted our best {what does that say for its self}. Also just maybe that's why Sloan left he knew the trade was going down and told management to pound sand.

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Sorry guys but Jimmer is not the savior, keep dreaming!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 24, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    Wel Rock
    Speaking of rocks you seem to carry a couple around while you are living in your own little glass house. You make Salt Lake sound like Union Pacific, United, Delta and Continental just pulled up stakes and left town with "I'll Decide" Williams. Maybe there's a position out in Hoboken just waiting for someone with your skills. And if not Hoboken try Bayone. Salt Lake is a Great Place. Even for the NBA. Let's keep the issue at the franchise management level where it belongs. All things considered KOC actually didn't do a bad job with this. Of course there were better options out there. But the reality is... not enough time to really check them all out.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Feb. 24, 2011 5:15 a.m.

    Is this a move to position the Jazz to pick Jimmer Fredette?!?!

    This draft pick from the Nets will likely be a No. 5 through 10 pick, which is right around where Jimmer is being considered in the mock drafts.

    One of the concerns for the Jazz over the years is convincing players to come to the State of Utah. Well, Jimmer has already chosen to live in Utah. I don't think Jimmer is THE answer, but certainly AN answer. He would be a long-term piece of the puzzle you could build around.

  • netmaster Farmington, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 1:53 a.m.

    And good riddance to the turnover machine.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    I'm really confused now and surprised that nobody is really connecting the dots regarding coach Sloan's departure that was later followed by Deron Williams departure. There was such a big story about Deron Williams and Coach Sloan going at it and the Jazz management deciding on Williams over Sloan. If so, what's going on here? Why did Sloan leave if Williams is leaving? Or why is Williams leaving now that Sloan left?

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Good for the Jazz! I always thought Williams was a punk. Besides he has one of the ugliest beards in town.Someone show him how to shape a beard.

  • trueblue87 Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Puts the Jazz in a good position to get Jimmer! Good riddance DWill. Have fun in Jersey. Watch out for Snooki.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    If the 19 year old is any good, he will be gone in 2 to 3 years also. Utah will never hold on to any super talent again!!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    re: nottyou | 3:50 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011

    To a brand new arena in Brooklyn and owner who isn't afraid to spend??

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    maybe they could trade harris...for another draft pick...probably a deal with cleveland...harris+AK for their draft pick and Anthony Parker...then...we might get lucky and get the first and 2nd pick of next years draft...that would be solid...having essential Favors Al Jeff Millsap Hayward Evans Tomic and include them with high draft pick hoping that we could have the same luck as OKC had...getting Durant Green and westbrook...its time to rebuild...and at times...change is good...

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:00 p.m.

    re Capt. Smash | 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011 & POD | 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

    The powers that be were going to make sure that Carmelo went to the more high profile team. It doesn't surprise me they want all they Marquee or potential big names in large TV markets.

    Unlike the NFL, The NBA is hemorraging $. Could contraction be far behind? Look out small market teams except for the Spurs.

    Its getting to the point where only Baseball is worth being a fan of. Ironically, no socialism (Luxury tax, Salary cap, or revenue sharing) involved.

    p.s. the Jazz traded for another Power Forward. Brilliant. Not!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    I still think this team is capable of going to the playoffs this year, but they need a guy who can shoot the 3. DWill and Korver were their best---and they are gone.

    Could this be a move to ensure Jimmer?

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Mark, "Derron Willims (I refuse to use the silly names that they call themselves)"

    I can see that.

  • Mark from Montana Aurora, CO
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    The milk cow is dedicated. He gives us milk and cheese.

    The pig is committed. He gives his all.

    Derron was like the milk cow. He was dedicated. He worked his butt off and practiced diligently. He was not committed though.

    Stockton was committed to the game, to the Jazz and to Jazz fans. He didn't worry about endorsements, or outside money. He gave the game everything he had night in and night out. Win or lose there was nobody saying that Stock dogged it on the court or was lacking in heart. I cannot recall a single time he blamed a teammate or the coaches or the refs. When he lost, it on him. When he won it was the team and the coachs.

    I admired Stock then, and more so today. I have realized that we will never see another Stock, Jerry or Karl. In today's world of Hip-Hop basketball, the only thing important is the highlight reel and stardom.

    I am sorry to see Derron Willims (I refuse to use the silly names that they call themselves) leave, but more sorry that he invested in the Me basketball.

  • Toonces the Cat Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    He was going to walk anyway. With the lockout looming, there won't even be a season next year. The trade deadline is tomorrow. Can't trade a player during a lockout so the Jazz were smart.

    Ask Denver, Cleavland, Toronto, and Phoenix if they would liket a do-over and trade their star a year early to get at least something in return.

    Let's hope the new C.B.A. has some type of "franchise" tag or we might as well contract the league and only have 8 teams in big cities where the players "want" to live and play.

  • Led Zeppelin II Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Trade O'Conner. No wait we cant. Watch those draft picks get wasted on another Dufus Festertag. I would rather take my chances making draft picks and trades by fipping a coin than have Kevin O'Conner as GM. I will not enjoy the Jazz until O'Conner is gone because we will never have a SG and we will always lose.

  • dwillfan Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    oh boy. dwill you will be missed.

    when his head was in the game, he was easily one of the top 4 pg's in the league. but, for what ever reason, he was so mentally out of it the last couple of months and it showed in his performance and his attitude. the bad attitude was the worst of the two. and that's a dangerous thing to have in a locker room, especially if it's coming from the leader of the team.

    i have to agree with many of the comments, dwill was not coming back after 2012.

    with that said, he gave us some great years and for the most part played his tail off and i am thankful for that.

    hopefully, harris realizes he's been given a great opportunity to prove that he can be an elite pg and helps the jazz out...i have a feeling he's gonna be spectacular for us.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    I disagree with Rock on this.

    DWill would have stayed in Utah IF they got serious about getting the players needed to win.

    AND Utah got mugged by the national media which wanted another circus like the Melo media circus.

    They invented the William forced Sloan out mantra and IDIOT so called Jazz fans picked it up and ran with it.

    DWill is not going to stay around for the abuse.

    Utah got manipulated by the media which wanted DWill in a big market. The "fans" got what they deserved. A gutted team.

    Look in the mirror the next time you whine about "Stars don't want to come to Utah". You just ran one of the great PGs out of town.

    How do you expect to get new ones to come for the abuse you heap on them?

    The team is in full blown rebuild. It will take some time.

    Harris is not DWill but he can play better than he was in NJ. Favors should be great. AJ is good as long as you run the right plays. Millsap is pretty good and improving but undersized.

    Go get a quality shooter and a good back up C.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    What could be good: Harris is a solid player but was unhappy. Is he unhappy because he was playing in Nj or just a unhappy sort. The other player was #3 in the draft last year and 19 years-old and just maybe. They should get two good draft choices. Hopefully, this can be parlayed into some talent on the floor. They also got three million in cash. I guess that could be used for something.

    What could be bad: Williams is a proven player. He is much better than Harris. The other guy might be a bust. The Jazz haven't drafted well for the most part in their history, not since Frank Layden was calling the shots. Occasionally they get it right but mostly underwhelming. But Williams was a proven all-star. If the Jazz can't get all of this right, they will fade into oblivion with a bad team and the loss of their longtime coach and his loyal sidekick.

    It is a crucial and fragile time for the Jazz. This had better work out or the Jazz might be gone in five years.

  • Jon from PA Ligonier, PA
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Hey Corporal Smash
    We resent your comment!! What's so great about Bountiful, Utah!! We can talk when you get another sports team besides the JAZZ!

  • Steve Jensen Herriman, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    The Jazz are going to leave Utah. Why then would the Miller's dump 5-7 Million in up grading the ESA? They wouldn't. Losing Deron Sucks. But All teams cycle. The Knicks, Bulls & Celitics, Portland were All bad teams for a few years, but now are but on top. even the Lakers had but years between the Magic and Kobe eras. The Jazz are down now, but will bounce back. All teams go through the cycle.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Glad Williams is gone but the whining continues.

    Too much talk of missing Korver who makes his home in Chicago where they cover his poor skilset. He plays in the NBA and can't dribble. The Jazz could have kept him but could not deal with his lack of help when they got to the playoffs.

    Williams got smacked down. He got the news when he read it on tv. Seems the management did not think that highly of him to even tell him he was no longer a member of the team.

    They get a player who is a year older and also a first rounder as well as another first rounder and another first round draft pick.

    Probably more trades soon as now the Jazz have 3 pf's and only room for 2. Perhaps a new address for AK as well.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    Thank you, thank you, Greg, Kevin, Mrs. Miller and whoever else had a hand in this perfect trade! Now 1 or 2 more and watch out future. I flat out fell in love again with the Jazz today!

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    He was unhappy with the direction the Jazz were going? He's going to LOVE the direction the Nets are going. If he couldn't lead the Jazz to the promise land, he is NOT going to lead the Nets anywhere.

  • Ishmot Ivins, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    What the Jazz brass did instead, is lose Boozer? Boozer Sucked,he only played hard when he thought it would help him in the future,he didn't care about his fans or his team mates. I think he must not of thought to much of D-Wills play either or he would of stuck around. Let me repeat that,Boozer Sucked!

  • moonman American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Sorry, but I think D-will is right. The Jazz did nothing in the off season to build a better team and it frustrated him. We can always hope for next year, but they don't seem to want to get to the next level.

  • Ishmot Ivins, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    Lets not forget Watson has been playing great, and the Jazz won games or played well while Derron was nursing his wrist.I wish they could have worked AK and Memot into the trade too. AK would fit into that commie's team well. Hard to trade a horse that can't
    or wont run.

  • Basketballogy Orem, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    Devin Harris averaged 17 points and 7 assists per game for a terrible team last season. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest man in the NBA: he ran the length of the court in 3.9 seconds. He is a good decision maker -- the most important trait in a point guard -- and Mark Cuban was trying to get him back to the Mavericks.

    Derek Favors played as much center as power forward in college. Favors is an Alonzo Mourning style athlete with the chops to slow down Gasol, Duncan, Bynum, and is mobile enough to perhaps even slow Durant and Nowitzki.

    The Nets will miss the playoffs this year, so their pick will be lottery.

    Phil Jackson is retiring, the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs are aging... the Jazz are gearing up to take on the teams of the future such as the Heat and the Thunder.

    Speaking of the future, the new collective bargaining agreement will surely lower player costs, making current all stars very grossly over paid compared to the younger generation.

    There appears to be very little downside to these moves for Jazz fans.

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    As a D-Will fan I find it funny how many people will miss him after how many blamed him for Sloan? Look at the big picture? He wanted to win and the Jazz made bad moves!Jazz fans are fickle, I heard so many complaints about Sloan over the years and as soon as he was gone? Outrage! And get over Jimmer as a replacement! He will play in the NBA, he is that good. He is not going to be D-WIll!!!

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    We were going to lose him anyway. This move was a no-brainer.

  • Hugh G. Hater SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    I agree with SoCal.

    Just sell the franchise to someone who will/can put a team together that will run for a title. I'm tired of all this "building for the future" bs year in and year out.

  • Lawman Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    Wow, I was thinking just last night that it would be great if the Jazz had the cajons to trade Williams while they still could and get something in return. And lo and behold, I go online today and it is a done deal! I LOVE IT. I am sick and tired of the inmates running the asylum these days. I long for the days when players actually had some loyalty. Bird, Magic, Stockton, and Malone come to mind from days gone by. These days you see it only very rarely in the so-called superstars. Kevin Durrant comes to mind. Unfortunately, it may be too late as I think the NBA is doomed to a predominate future of greedy, self-centered, what's-in-it-for-me players. Ironically, the NBA did this to itself with its endless and shameless promotion of these prima donnas. David Stern . . . you created this, now let's see if you can somehow fix it. Because if you don't you will see (are seeing) a mass exodus from the NBA fan base.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    There are only two scenarios...Either Sloan knew this was about to happen? and wanted Williams anyway
    Or there is no reason they should not get the old geaser off his tractor to lead the troops.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Last year after Memo was injured the Jazz had about five problems: D-Will making too many turnovers, AK making too many turnovers, Boozer playing atrocious team defense, not enough length in the middle, not enough good outside shooters. And then we gave up Korver. With D-Will gone, one of those problems has been addressed (I hope). Though Big Al is far from perfect, his defense is far superior to Boozer's. AK has cut down on his turnovers and seems to be shooting better, but we still need more length and outside shooting. I, for one, thought the Jazz should have hired Jaycee Carroll and let Ronnie Price go. I would love to have a shooter like Carroll or even Jimmer play for the Jazz. I was sad we lost Korver. With D-Will shooting so poorly this season, with Korver gone and with Memo injured, the Jazz simply have not had enough firepower to play freelance style. When the Jazz played Sloan's system and worked the ball inside, they competed with anybody, but D-Will led them in straying so far from Sloan's system that the second string usually outplayed the first string.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Any chance of getting Jerry Sloan back?

  • Fuzzbrain Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    I'm glad the Jazz were able to keep this quiet until it happened. Maybe this is the direction the Jazz were heading all along, & that's part of why Jerry Sloan decided it was time to retire. Now let's try to bring some positive energy to the new players & hope that Favors can mature into a productive NBA player. Of course, now the Jazz have 2 more players that could be used for trades later on.

  • Amazed Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    I took a look around and I still say Deron is the best point guard in the game. The same way the Stockton was the best point guard in the game. Magic may have enjoyed more tools - but Stockton made others better - if they worked. Deron continues to make others better. Talent speaks - Jazz fans always were quick to bemoan a Superstar asking for more. Well, Utah, BYU and Utah State B-Ball programs just received a huge swing back courtesy of the cheap Jazz Management.

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    WOW!!! I think we can get Jerry back!!! Dwill: I hope doesn't work for you! what a selfish player!!!

    NBA today it's about money and getting the "gang" squad for the championship!!!

    No longer a fan of the NBA!

  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Here's the thing. This makes the Jazz worse this year, also probably next year. But... if Favors is as good as billed and Hayword becomes a decent player combined with good draft picks(ok this is where i'm scared) We could actually see a championship contender and not a middle of the road eliminated in the second round team.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    This does not bother me at all. I think it is a good management decision. They may not have gotten anything from him if they had waited until next year and it is highly unlikely he would have remained here. May have avoided a huge distraction next year also. Good luck in turning the NET's around Deron. Thank you for all your hard play while you were here.

  • SoCal Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    Frankly,I don't blame D'Will. He begged the jazz last season to bring in some additional good players to help him win in the post season. What the Jazz brass did instead, is lose Boozer and Mathews, and then, didn't replace them with equal or better talent.
    The only hope the Jazz have now is, to hope that they play 'A LOT' better as a Team. A unified team can make up for the loss of D'Will.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    To: Henry Drummond San Jose
    I'm sure you must know that the New Jersey Nets will become the New York (Brooklyn) Nets beginning in the 2012-2013 season with the arena being constructed there. And remember before becoming New Jersey, they were the New York Nets. And Deron Williams may think he is the best point guard in the league, but I beg to differ with that notion. Take a look around at the league rosters, and you will change your mind. He turned out to be a malcontent, and a disruptive element, and yes, he needed to move on; thank goodness for the Jazz'es sake.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Appreciated the contribution but the incessant whining won't be missed. See ya'.

    Time to move on and build something real.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Not only is Utah losing their best player,but Phoenix,and Denver also,and ALL heading east,is it a trend or ???.I for one like the deal and think we actually did better than the Nuggets.We`ll have to wait and see,we got a solid quality pg in Harris,and 3 shots at coming up with a diamond(Favors,2 picks) GO JAZZ

  • deno22 Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    I love how some people complain about stars running the league but others are willing to take it win. Winning is NOT the most important thing, that is where things have gone wrong. People put up with these guys because they HAVE tow in because that is all people care about. If people would care about effort and entertainment and attitude we wouldn't have this problem.

    I just find it funny how on OregonLive they are really upset that Portland didn't make a move and how their GM is the worst in history just like I hear here. All fans are the same.

  • Jim987 West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    To: Barbara from Carlsbad,

    If I lived in Carlsbad I would have a life. I would be a beach bum in the morning and an amuzement park junky by night. But we Utahn's don't have good weather 350 days out of the year, so we have to stay inside and watch T.V. for our entertainment.
    And watch dying franchises like the Utah Jazz. Trade me your home, so I could get a life please.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    I was surprised at the trade, but it does make perfect sense. I believe the Jazz will be a better team for it. I doubt very seriously it was his idea to go to New Jersey; the Jazz simply decided to take their destiny into their own hands for once. D-Will is probably the best point guard in the NBA but he isn't the best team leader in the NBA and that's the problem. He was a great player and supported the community, and I wish him the best. Its best for both parties to move on.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    All you guys who talk like, " I would much rather have a bunch of no names than all star players" ???? So you can lose? You think no name players will win you a Championship? Just face the facts! Players don't like playing in/for Utah.

  • itsajelly Walla Walla, WA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    Said the same thing when Stockton and Malone left. Everybody chill. Good move because we would have lost the head case for nothing next year. May as well get something and move forward. Will be a few thin years and then we will be above average a couple of years. It's the Jazz cycle.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Great trade for Utah! Clean out what doesn't work and work with what does.

    Avery Johnson needs to watch his job now, bashing heads with DWill won't be easy on him...

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Oh, people. Get a life!

  • livininSandy Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Rock writes "Era of Superstars in Utah is Over". If that is true you might has well sell the franchise, becasue winning is everything and without any SuperStars you cannot win. The beginning of the end of the Utah Jazz is upon us.

    The franchise just dropped 100 million in value.

  • toothdetector salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    prima donna? yes. but he was OUR prima donna. however, in the long run, probably gonna turn out to be the best move they could have made. and get ready for the talk of drafting jimmer now that we have 2 likely picks in the first round. that'll be a hoot! ;-)

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    This very possibly could be the biggest and best move the Jazz have ever made in their history. If I were to vote today it would be a resolute YES! Letting these spoiled primma-donnas run this league is ridiculous and hopefully more teams will do some of the same. Greed is a negative with "no" positives! Me-attitude likewise. I absolutely love every aspect of this move and I think there are a couple of domino's yet to fall. Go Jazz!

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Jazz officials better hope these guys work out? You just lost your best player!!!

  • holt56 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    I hope the NBA lockout happens. I don't want to see the Jazz next season, and hope they just fade away this season. It's just getting worse and worse...I'm done being a fan.

  • Waaandy Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Good riddance. I used to be a fan, ignoring his poor sportsmanship, but lately I have grown tired of it and his jerkiness... such a baby. So long, have fun with your new sweet team.

  • Jim987 West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Thanks for the good years D-Will.
    Since the Jazz have almost entirely gutted out their system it is time to cut ties with Kevin O'Conner, and star completely over.
    I don't know maybe I am just DONE with the Utah Jazz. If KOC didn't lose Brewer, Korver,and/or Matthews, none this would be happening right now. We'd be like number 3 seed in the West.

  • We the People Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    I will miss Dwill. The Jazz will not sniff the second round of the playoffs for a long, long time.

  • Capt. Smash Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    YGreg should have done this before Sloan left. Give Sloan the rest of the year off and give him a new big fat contract next season Greg step it up!

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    and the Jimmer era is soon start start in Utah......

  • POD Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    If there are no superstars here, will the Jazz reduce the ticket prices to 1986 levels or just rip us off? $200, $400, $600 a seat is simply fraud for the type of team the Jazz now has on the floor. Team ruined. Imagine the loss in value of the frachise.

  • Capt. Smash Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    This awesome even though I love Denver this is good for the Jazz! Williams was just like Carmelo it was all about them. They both need to go back east with the rest of the trash!

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    I would much rather watch no name players that give their heart and soul to the game, than watch a super star that is whining and not preforming up to their potential.

    I glad its over and hope that we can move on to some team ball again.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Bye Deron. :( Good luck.

  • The Utah Republican Alpine, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    As Frank Layden said, you can teach basketball.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    Is there ANYONE that is truly surprised at this move?

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Good...let him go and start bothering the coaches and fans in New Jersy!