Utah Jazz notebook: Karl says Jazz need just 1 good player

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  • Michael Baroz Staten Island, NY
    April 19, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Guys I live in NY and have been a fan since they played the Bulls in the finals. Unfortunately I've not really followed the NBA for several years but I'm following more now. I have a question though. Do the Jazz operate like the Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates by just trading whenever they get talent?

  • as186451 Bellevue, WA
    April 15, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    My bet is they package the 1st rounders and trade for a vet. They have too many rookie/young player to draft (2) more.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    "I would get rid of Evan's too since he never plays."

    They have to fill fourteen roster spots. That means some people don't play. I think they'll keep him. He's a hard worker and athletic.

    Dump Bell. We've seen absolutely zero benefit from his "veteran leadership." Ronnie Price is a great guy, with a great work ethic, but not much upside. If they draft a 1, Price is gone. Watson is far superior. Francisco or Fes is likely gone if Memo is healthy. Adding Favors created a crowd at the 4/5.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    "popliteus muscle"

    They named a muscle after the infomercial guy?

  • Jazzguru Provo, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    So I think the Jazz need to add a couple perimeter pieces to guys that can shoot but are not high dollar guys, then add a piece like Kris Humprhies or Reggie Evans and then our bigs would be Millsap, Favors, Jefferson, Memo, then Evans or Humphires, that is a pretty good front court. Then the backcourt would have Harris, Hayward, Miles, Anthony Parker/Prince/Roger Mason plus our draft picks. The Jazz will be back in the post season next year if they can keep the injuries to minimum.

  • Jazzguru Provo, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Good fantasy guys but there is a reason we traded D Will, he isn't coming back to Utah, you have a better chance of buying a lottery ticket and winning.

    Here are some free agents- Anthony Parker, Jamal Crawford, Rasual Butler, Boris Diaw, Tayshaun Prince, Yao, Mike Dunleavy, TJ Ford, Shannon Brown, Matt Barnes, Shane Battier, James Jones, Michael Redd, Kris Humphries, Sasha Vujacic, Willie Green, Roger Mason, Shawne Williams, Jason Richardson, Mickael Pietrus, Marquis Daniels, Samuel Dalembert, Leandro Barbosa, Reggie Evans, Josh Howard. Those are just the unrestricted, some have a team option. I am thinking let AK walk, go get Battier or Prince, and bring in someone like Anthony Parker or Mickael Pietrus who can shoot and help out the perimeter. Shawne Green was the top 3 point shooter, and Roger Mason and Willie Green can fill it up too. Maybe bring back Kris Humphries, he can actually rebound now and is a decent player, or get Reggie Evans, then we would really have a lot of big, and some depth down low that we have never had. Malone and Boozer and Millsap have never had a lot of support.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 14, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Hakeem as a personal coach for Favors would do wonders for him....im sure what im saying is impossible...but that would be awesome...

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    @ Ted H.

    Most teams in the NBA are a Lebron James away from being a contender. Unfortunately, Lebron James' aren't exactly easy to come by...

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Biyombo ain't gonna be there at 12, he may not be there at 6.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 14, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    No finer big man coach than Stew!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 14, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    George Karl just didn't realize that CJ was not in uniform last night.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    April 14, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Agreed. The Jazz are simply a Lebron James away from being a contender.

    If the team was one good player away, then surely booze and D-will would have picked up a couple trophies.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 14, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    The Jazz have a lot of individual talent, they just need to become a team. I think we started seeing some of that in the last few games and I hope it will continue next season.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    April 14, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I have loved what AK has done for the Jazz, particularly a few years ago. The contract was too expensive, though, and has held up the team. He is 30 years old, and you risk another Raja Bell if you sign him for too much money or too long of a deal. Unfortunate, as he could still have a couple of impact years in him (or he could be a DNP player for the next couple of years with injuries).

    It will be interesting to see if CJ gets resigned. Could the Jazz sign an Afflalo or Wilson Chandler for less than $4M? If so, he is probably expendable.

    I like the idea of moving up in the draft to get Barnes or Williams.

    If we can't do that, then sign Knight (PG) at #6 to see if he can become PG of future (next year will tell if Harris is the guy); and Biyombu (sp?) at #12 if the draft camps end up warranting these placements. Biyombu can replace Evans either by playing in Spain for a year, or immediately. Then spend your money on a good veteran wing player.

    Okur's situation unknown.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 14, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    There is no doubt that for the Jazz, the best fit in the draft would be Enes Kanter who is a "beast". He is from Turkey and could be mentored by Okur. Brandon Knight at number 12 would be a steal, also from Kentucky. Calipari must be a heck of a coach. His entire starting lineup from last year is now in the NBA. Number one priority for the Jazz is a "big" at center and a coach to go with it. Kareem is "blacklisted" for his liberal beliefs from coaching. Wouldn't that be a step? Utah has to "think beyond the box"!

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    April 14, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    Weak back court? And then you want to draft a couple rookies to change that? What kind of mentality is that? Harris & Hayward are just fine as the 1 & 2, don't be greedy and drop this instant gratification mentality that 15 to 40 year olds were born with and still have! Burks will work for us then get a couple veteran free agents to fill 1 or 2 other needs, and forget this rookie crap! Kevin I think will get what is needed with help of Ty & Horny. I want a defensive and big man coach next year also, so we will see where that goes.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 14, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    CJ vs AK.....Not a question you should ask me!!

    The Jazz have a lot to think about in the off season. AK's salary is gone. They will not spend that money next year. The best bet is to trade Memo's expiring contract (10 million) for a guard.

    Re-sign Fes and actally play him. Use the two draft picks to fill AK and Price's spots. I would get rid of Evan's too since he never plays.

    And play some defense next year.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    April 14, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    My philosophy: It is broke, lets fix it! AK, PRICE, WATSON, ELSON, FESENKO, can all be replaced by anyone. These players are bench players and not the future or future starters. If one of these players could be consistent at hitting jump shots, maybe they get a chance to come back. I would bring AK back for Veteran minimum. I bring Fes back for the size factor,only if you know Memo is not coming back. Draft a combo guard, plenty to choose from. Jimmer, Walker, the kid from Butler ...Mack? The Jazz should be able to get some higher caliber guards to help this weak back court. I am looking forward to the draft. GO JAZZ!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 14, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Biyombo-- 7'7" wingspan.
    Had a triple double with points, rebounds, and blocks.
    I million Euro buyout clause.
    Good attitude with a sweet outside shot, hard worker.
    With a thin draft this year, I think, that he would be a great pick at 12. If there is a lockout he could still play a year in Spain.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    I think the Jazz should consider Biyombo with their 12th pick. He looks like he could become a "Serge Ibaka" type of player. Even though the Jazz seem well-stocked in the frontcourt right now, you can never have too many athletic big men who can really play defense and also have decent offensive skills. As a bonus, the Jazz could leave him in Europe to develop for at least a year, if they need to take extra measures to get under the salary cap. He could make both Okur and Millsap expendable in a year or two, which would also help with the Jazz salary cap situation (by replacing an older, more expensive backup player with a younger, cheaper backup player). I don't see anyone else who might be available at the 12th spot who has as much real potential to be really good. However, his stock seems to be rising, and I hope he is still available at the 12th spot.

    It would also be great if the Jazz could get lucky and move into one of the top three spots with their other pick, so they could have their choice of the potentially elite players.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    April 14, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    Maybe we can get rid of Miles and AK now, I like AK but he is pretty much worthless now especially if his feelings are hurt and Miles "potential" is all he will be.

  • T-Roy Summerville, SC
    April 14, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Tomic comes over this year I think.

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Also the AK vs Cj question....I honestly would take Cj over AK. Ak's defense is nowhere near where it was 5-6 years ago, when he was considered in the top tier of defenders and his shot is sporadic. Though Cj's shot is just as sporadic, it seems to be more streaky and consistent than AK's.

    I think the jazz should give Cj 2-3 more years and if he doesn't develop any further than where he's at now, then let him go. He is still very young and hopefully has a higher ceiling still.

    One more thing on AK....I think he's kind of a cancer for the team, kind of like Boozer was. I think D-will disliked AK a lot and it affected the team a bit. I think we should let AK walk this off-season. Its a shame really that the jazz didn't resign Matthews and just trade AK. Think of where they'd be now. Oh well... at least the future is bright, unlike some other teams.

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:44 a.m.


    You know I've always thought that was a possability! D-will seemed to actually like it here in Utah, and now that they have some quality players, I could see him returning. A D-will and Harris backcourt would be phenomenal!


    I'm hoping we get the 1st pick! That would be amazing! But considering the players we already have, I think O-conner would either pick Barnes or Irving with that pick. With our second pick I would love to see us grab either Knight, Walker or jones if they're available of course! I'm impartial about Jimmer, because I think he could hold his own, and he would be a dead eye from 3-point land. Would really like to see him and Hayward on the wings....it would spread the floor beautifully!

    Also when does Ante Tomic make is way to the jazz? Is it this year or next year?

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    After six years...we know what cj can/can't do...maybe we should give someone else a try...

    I am sure glad we have Haywood though!....He and Favors are two of the best young players in the league.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    AK has been really injury prone the lat 2 years of his contract and his bones are not getting younger. When he drives inside a teenager can steal the ball from him. The number of blocks he gets has dropped significantly as his overall health has deteriorated. Management needs to take a realistic look at him before signing him again.

    Mr eye dee ten tee if you watch the NBA then you would note that the last time a smaller market team was the SPurs and they won it again and again, no matter how many fouls were called against them.

    Matchups are key in the league. There have been mentions of Jimmer on the team and the team would have to trade many players to accomodate a Ferdette as Millsap cannot guard 1 player really well let alone 2. Jefferson is also still learning what defense is all about.

    In the NBA whichever team drafts Jimmer will have to be a defensive giant as the parity is high and each team can take advantage of another team's weakness.

    The Jazz should have cash to shop in a less costlier market come this fall.

  • T-Roy Summerville, SC
    April 14, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    Kanter is fine, he has not played all year. Also for the sf out there u could go with Jones from KY. I would love to see the jazz get the 1st and 12th pick with the 1st pick I would take williams out of AZ and with the 12th pick or higher depending on how the lottery goes would love knight out of KY

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    April 14, 2011 6:10 a.m.

    Yeah that would be so awesome if DWIll did come back to Utah after his contract ran out but then no one would ever deal with Utah again.

  • josemb navotas, philippines
    April 14, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    @anonigma.. lol. i liked that

  • EyeDeeTenTee Miamisburg, OH
    April 14, 2011 2:08 a.m.

    Having been a loyal Jazz fan for 30+ years, I have yet to see anyone say what is really holding the Jazz back. It's the fans. Now, Mr. Deseret News monitor, before you delete this, I mean the size of the fan base, not the loyalty and the fervor of the Utah fans. Think about it: When was the last time a small market team won the NBA championship? The 1979 SuperSonics. Now the NBA allows the big market teams to outbid the small market teams, and if that doesn't work they always have control of the officials. (Remember the Jazz were whistled for fouls at a 2-1 ratio when they played the Bulls in the finals)

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 14, 2011 2:06 a.m.


    it pops in my head too...Deron hasn't signed an extension yet...

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    April 14, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    I've always wondered if there's a Jazz conspiracy where they trade Deron for Devin, Favors, and the draft picks knowing he was in a contract year. Then Deron would not sign with Nets and come back to Utah. Probably not...but its always been in the back of my mind.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    If the Jazz can get AK for less than 6 Mill they are going to take him. They will probably keep CJ at 3.7. I expect AK to get more than a 6 Mill offer as he tends to win games for the Jazz when he is healthy.

    The draft will tell a lot about the future of the Jazz. They actually need a consistent shooting SG (Hayward and CJ are good at times). They need a PG who shoots a decent percentage and who can also run the team. Harris and Watson are weak on shooting percentage.

    They may need an SF if AK does not return. Millsap is really a 4. Evans should be a 3 but needs a lot of work. Hayward/CJ are better at the 2.

    Some combo of (not in particular order)Kanter, Burkes, Knight, Jimmer or one of the SFs could be interesting. I am not sold on Kanter's knees. Burkes has promise. I think both Knight and Jimmer will make good/decent PGs. I am not sure which SFs are actually in the draft who would be good for Utah.

    Quality depth is a major issue for Utah.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    Well, the Jazz just freed about $17 million in salary cap space.

    AK's contract is history!!!!! This was the single biggest obstacle to the Jazz winning a championship.

    Its gone!!!! Let's throw some sort of party.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    If you could get Miles and AK for the same amount of money and had to choose which one would you pick?
    I think that is what the front office is going to do.