Utah Jazz: 2011 NBA free-agent class

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 10, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    its the brazilian with the 12th...i feel it...if fesenko isnt resigned...

  • Viva Los Jazz Garland, UT
    May 10, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    I am not really excited about this years free agent pool for big men. Obviously Gasol is great and Yao Ming is injury prone. Kwame Brown can't finish or make consistent free throws but would give us some athletism. The power forwards I saw aren't any better than the Milsap and Favors, or they were unknown names to me.
    Jason Richardson and Jamal Crawford are the two players that could help us next year. We need to resign CJ as well.
    I would like to go after just one big time free agent but the draft will help us the most this year. I have watched film on all of the top 20 potential picks and think we need to take Enes Canter or Bismack Bayambo as center/power forwards but they will both be gone by pick 6. Bayambo is my personal favorite in this years draft but nba.com has him as the 8th best power forward since there are questions about his age (he may be 22). There are 3 point guards I like which are Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, and Jimmer. I'm not sold on Kemba as a lottery pick.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 10, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    There are 2 players on that list that if I were GM I would try to get. Chris Wilcox & Jonas Jerebko both from Det. Both are 6'10 and physical hard working players that we need. Have any of you noticed that not 1 player from the Jazz was named to the all-defensive team as 1st, 2nd, or honorable mention. So much for Jerry Sloan and his philosophy of playing and drafting players. We better get "tough" front court players or we are never going to challenge anyone in this league for anything. Draft 1 college player, then trade the other pick and players for a reasonable wing player that can SHOOT! I like Harris, Favors, Jefferson, Milsap, Evans, Hayward, then possibly Fess, Watson, and believe Okur could help because he for sure is not tradeable. Let the others walk and sign a rook from the draft along with a FA wing and were done!

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    May 10, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    Here's my latest fantasy for the Jazz off-season:

    Jazz get lucky and win #1 lottery pick with their own (#12) draft pick, giving Jazz the 1st and 7th picks in the draft.

    Jazz choose Kyrie Irving with 1st pick and Bismack Biyombo with 7th pick, leaving Biyombo in Europe for 2011-2012.

    Jazz trade Devin Harris, Jeremy Evans and rights to Ante Tomic to Portland for Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum.

    Jazz re-sign Earl Watson (2 years, $1 mil/yr), CJ Miles(1 year, $3.7 mil), Andrei Kirilenko (4 years, $4 mil/yr) and Kyrylo Fesenko (3 years, $1 mil/yr).

    Jazz sign Chris Douglas-Roberts and Eddy Curry each for 3 years at $.9 mil per year (minimum veteran salary). The Jazz commit to reclamation project with Curry.

    The Jazz team for 2011-2012--at least 3 deep at each position:

    PG: Miller, Irving, Watson
    SG: Hayward, Miles, Bell
    SF: Kirilenko, Batum, Douglas-Roberts
    PF: Millsap, Favors
    C: Jefferson, Okur, Fesenko, Curry

    In 2012-2013, Jazz add Biyombo and GS draft pick and get rid of Okur's big salary. If Curry is rehabilitated, Jazz have a good backup center or good trade piece.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 3, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    i see us drafting the brazilian at the 12..im hoping we get him at the 12...and we should develop him..and in a few years..anchor the C position..once Favors can take the starting spot...either Al Jeff or Paul Millsap could be expendable..i'd want to trade Al Jeff for a number of players..i'd want a few wing defenders...since most of the NBA's elite play the wing positions and the point..it would be nice to have solid defenders in that area..being anchored by a Solid C..that would mean the brazilian..if we didnt move draft spot at the 6..i'd be fine taking jimmer..just so you have a guy that could spread the floor in the second unit..signing Shane Battier..would have us a great lockdown defender..and could probably teach Hayward a few things..and if we could..trade Devin Harris for Kirk Hinrich + a few other players or picks and cash..that would be nice..Hinrich is a defensive PG that can play the 2..and it would make our lineup generally taller..plus he doesnt take as much shots as devin..

    May 3, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    This Is What We Should Do In My Opinion Just Like Kakashi Has His Opinion I Get My. Some How Get In The Top 3 Pray We Get Derrik Williams(hopefully) or Irving. Draft Jimmer With Other Pick. Resign Watson, AK47 For No More Than 5 Mil, Fez For No More Than 2 Mil, Pick Up On C.J.'s Option(Why Not), Trade Raja Bell and Okur, If Paul Millsap Refuses To Be Sixth Man Trade Him, Only Trade Al Jefferson For Good Talent Same With Devin Harris.

    Devin Harris/Watson/Jimmer
    Gordan Hayward/C.J./Jimmer
    Derrik Williams/AK47/C.J./Evans
    Derrik Favors/Millsap/AK47/Evans
    Al Jefferson/Fez

    With A Few Changes And Trades Thats A Beastly Lineup.
    If The CBA Stays The Same (I Have My Doubts) We Still Have After Signing C.J., AK47, Watson, Fez about 9 million left until we hit luxury tax area that enough money to get a good free agent out there if we can lure him here. So There You See The Future Is Bright After All That Turmoil, Some Out There Is Willing To Give Up Something Good For Harris, Millsap, Al Jefferson That We Need.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 2, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    I'd Trade Al Jefferson and Harris...for a C that we need...probably try to get Greg Monroe and a few other players + draft picks? and probably try to get any of these free agents:

    Goran Dragic
    Aaron Afflalo
    Chris Douglas-Roberts
    Marcus Thornton
    Shane Battier
    Samuel Dalembert
    Tyson Chandler

    Let Dragic start...and draft Jimmer or Knight at the 12...

    a line up of


    seems decent...we would have a lockdown D with Battier...and a decent wing defender with Hayward...offense would flow as long as there is ball movement...i like the idea of getting the ball to Hayward and let the offense run through him like what they did with the game in LA...Hayward is a very good decision maker for a rookie...he could kick out a pass or drop it to the post...i think he could be the playmaker we need...i know there isnt any star power in the lineup...but someone would emerge as a star from that group...

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    May 2, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Dragic and Nene are good players that the Jazz might consider, but I think the Jazz are going to be o.k. if they re-sign Fesenko. He is still super-young, with high potential as a defender. Nene is a better offensive player than most centers in the league, but his defense is suspect. Also, KOC will be wary of disrupting the team chemistry right now. The players ended the year acting like a close-knit group. Don't want to bring someone in who might disrupt that. What Fes and AK do is key to everything...if the Jazz sign both of them, then they will pick at least one guard in the draft. Also, I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that Tomic is not available to the Jazz until 2013.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    May 2, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    I see a lot of players on the free agent list that I would like to have. The Jazz have to cull the crowd, make some decisions and strike. I'm afraid that the Jazz attitude is wait and see, trying to get bargains or sleepers. I hope they move aggressively.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 2, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Gasol would be nice. That would make us very beefy up front and able to defend the paint.

    Afflalo would be a real nice pick up. Can shoot the 3 but more importantly can defend the perimeter and be physical with his body against opposing twos. He and Hayward combo would be ruthless.

    Strangely enough Kris Humphries has finally developed in a solid role player at his position.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    May 2, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Free agents with a PO or ETO will be back with their teams due to the expiring CBA. Also, not many restricted free agents will be available, and most young, good free agents will be back with their teams. Also, the Jazz will only have the mid-level exception (if that exception still exists after re-negotiation of the CBA)to sign free agents. However, some viable free agents do exist for the Jazz (including Jazz's free agents):

    PG: Watson, Barea, Stuckey, Price
    SG: Thornton, Weems, Douglas-Roberts, Redd, Stevenson
    SF: Kirilenko, Prince, Clark
    PF: Martin, Hayes, Humphries
    C: Dalembert, Przbilla, Fesenko, Jason Collins, Dampier, Ilgauskas

    Stuckey, Barea and Thornton may be too expensive, or unavailable. Weems or Douglas-Roberts would be good backup guards for cheap. Earl Clark is better than any small forward in the draft, and has good size and potential, and could be available and cheap. If the Jazz are unable to re-sign Kirilenko, Prince would be a good option. If the Jazz could sign Kenyon Martin for cheap, they would have the depth to be able to trade Millsap. The best backup centers will probably be too expensive (Dalembert, Przbilla).

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    May 2, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    happy to draft jimmer @ 12 need to get a lucky bounce of the ping pong balls to get williams with our first pick

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 1, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    SportsFan101, it's obvious you haven't followed The Jimmer that much in college. Seeing him in a few games and reading pros and cons about him doesn't show anyone his true worth.

    He's so consistent from long range (you can only know that by watching ALL of the games) and is a good defender (3rd career at BYU in steals!) in spite of being told by his coach NOT to defend closely, because he's the only consistent offensive threat they had.

    Jimmer has exceeded expectations at every level he's advanced to in his basketball life. He has that IT factor that many "talented" players don't have, which places most of them in the all-star but not superstar category.

    He has no delusions about his abilities and continues to improve his weaknesses over time.

    One thing that impressed me about his ability at PG is how long he could hold on to the ball in spite of the stupid 5 second rule in college. In the pros he'll get a lot of assists by being able to keep the ball alive because there he'll have people who can score consistently.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 1, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Shannon Brown from the Lakers can easily start for the Jazz, and backed up by JR Smith would be a tough spot covered pretty well for the team.

    I also think if Tomic had any ability at all the Jazz would have had him on this side of the pond and practicing, I fear another Fes/loss project.

  • SportsFan101 Bountiful, UT
    May 1, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Do not draft Jimmer with the first pick. No matter what. A future superstar? come on..

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 1, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Free-agents of interest:

    PG: Barea (Mavs), Dragic (Rockets), and Watson (Jazz). But, none would be starters.

    SG: Afflalo (Nuggets), Brown (Lakers), Miles (Jazz), and Smith (Nuggets). Again, none are starters.

    SF: Battier (Grizzlies), AK (Jazz), and Young (76ers). But, no starters in these?

    PF: Duncan (Spurs--heh, fat chance!), Martin (Nuggets), and Young (Grizzlies). Some starters here?

    C: Fes (Jazz), Ilgauskas (Heat), and Nene (Nuggets). Maybe some starters here.

    Many of the best choices will likely re-sign with their current teams, so pickings look as slim as with the draft.

    The Jazz might need to do some trading. But NOT their future "all stars": Hayward and Favors. Too much upside for those two. Maybe keep Jefferson around, as well. He does produce!

    Draft Jimmer with the first pick, no matter where it is, then get the best PF or SF available with the second pick.

    Outside of Jimmer, none of the draft choices, nor free-agents that are likely available, strike me as future or current superstars.

    If the Jazz don't find a future superstar, or do a trade for a current superstar, they're sunk for at least another year.

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    May 1, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    jason richardson as a shooting guard. we don't have one that's great.

  • PalmG Glen Allen, VA
    May 1, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    If we dont end up being able to draft derrick williams we should definitely try to sign thadeus young, he's a star in the making who's been held back by andre iguodala, and would be a great starting SF

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    April 30, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Jazz should try and get:
    Aaron Aflalo
    Ray Allen (...yea right)
    Marc Gasol (...yea right)

    Meh, not much of a free agency
    haha there's a point gaurd named "Pooh"