Bone-headed trade

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  • Jl Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    The potential is there for a home-run. The potential is there for a strike out. Deron wasn't going bring a championship to SLC with this group. Bless their hearts they try. There is s little vendetta here also for Jerry Sloan. Great players like Stockton and Malone were winners but not champions. Champions don't choke.

  • hatuletoh Sugarhood, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    I'm not familiar with the Idaho Jazz. Are they a D-League team? And they had a guy they traded named Williams too, huh? What are the odds?

    But seriously, Ms. Hanson, I'm not going to question your basketball acumen, nor your business acumen; I won't point out how Jazz management made the decision to trade Williams because they weren't convinced he would re-sign with Utah and decided to get value for him while they still could; I won't even suggest that two young players and two first-round draft picks puts the Jazz in excellent position for the next 10 years.

    Instead, I'll just say thank you for improving my game day experience by ensuring that there will be one less nervous, slow-driving, no-turn-signal-using Idahoan I have to dodge when I'm downtown for the game. Please feel free to visit Salt Lake City and enjoy our many cultural, culinary, and retail options on other days of the year. But it's crowded enough for Jazz games, and going 15 mph--or "Idahoan in the 'big' city speed"--down 300 West really jams things up.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    At first I thought it was a bone headed trade too. You just don't give away your FRANCHISE PLAYER... an all-star player. There are just so few of them out there. Even if they give you some players with potential (we all know how that usually turns out) or draft picks (we all know the probability of a draft pick becoming an all-star)... out of all the draft picks the Jazz have made over the years it's happened 3 times. There's very little chance the draft picks will replace D-Will.

    But after hearing the Management explaining the reasoning behind their decision... it made perfect sense.

  • therush Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    DWill was going to leave after next year anyway. Instead of getting burned the Jazz go out and get a decent PG (Harris) and a PF with limitless potentional (Favors) plus two first round picks that could end up being lottery picks. Yeah this was a bone-headed trade. By the Nets.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Sour grapes from Idaho.

    All kinds of money, some picks, 2 very good players.

    We haven't had a true power forward,
    one that scared anyone since Karl.
    Favors won't shoot threes, and dance around like AK or Memo.
    He'll rattle the rim, and likely a few teeth.

    And what were the guarantees that Williams would agree to whatever the Jazz offered next contract?

    Bone-headed is not an accurate description of this move at all.

    Moreso for the tunnel-visioned missive from up north

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Deron wasn't coming back.

    Might as well get value for him while we still could.

    Or does the letter writer prefer we waited like Cleveland and Toronto did?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    It's too bad the Jazz had to make this decision, but they were stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    D-Will's heart was no longer in Utah. He wasn't going to resign here. He was a very valuable all-star player. We had to deal him while we could still get SOMETHING for him. He would have been gone after next season anyway... and we would have gotten nothing to replace him.

    They made the best deal they could in a tough situation.

    When it becomes clear that a player isn't where he wants to be... you don't have many good options.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Frankly, if the letter writer is no longer a Jazz fan, than good riddance.

    There are so many jazz fans who take a "Sean Hannity type" approach to their team. They complain, complain, complain, and then complain some more. When the team finally does something that they wanted, they complain anyway because they have a personal vendetta against someone.

    Its a joke. Go cheer for the Lakers.

  • Rox Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    What? Listen up, L. Kim...
    That was actually a very GOOD deal.
    Jazz brass knew that he probably wouldn't stay anyway,
    so why not take the generous deal..
    picks, money, 2 proven good players.

    I'd say after my 15 years here, that this was one of the most lucrative moves made by the usually blah Jazz.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Two words and two words only: "Who cares?"

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Deron wasn't coming back Hanson.

    So why wait for him to leave and do what Lebron did to Cleveland? At least we got something out of him. Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and 2 lotto picks is fine with me!

    If the Jazz didn't care about winning a championship, they would have kept Deron. IN the next few years he could have kept the jazz at .500 and we would have earned a sweet 6-8 seed and be defeated by the Spurs or Lakers in the first round.

    The Jazz instead, proactively acted and brought themselves pieces that can be used to build a championship team.

  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    Hanson's letter is typical of the modern sports fan who has lost sight of what athletics is all about. This trade was absolutely the right move.

    Historically, athletics were about sportsmanship, loyalty, and respect for authority. Williams did not have any of those qualities. His game was about selfishness, disloyalty, and respect for no one but self.

    Williams had become a corrosive influence who was beginning to destroy team moral. Nothing typifies this more than his total disrespect for Coach Sloan because he could not stand the reality that the coach was bigger than he was.

    The Founding Fathers established this Country on the principle that we must be willing to sacrifice short-term gains for the long-term good of the group. This is what the Jazz Organization has done.

  • Blue Bolshevik Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Look on the bright side, the last place team gets the first round "daft" pick.