Although I have been a huge fan of Paul Milsap, unless he can effectively play
the SF position, his usefullness is nearing an end with the Jazz. There are too
many 4/5 players with much bigger size and potential for him to play his natural
position (I have doubts that he can effectively play on the perimeter,
particularly on D).So, I would reluctantly like to see the Jazz pull
off a trade for a SF to go along with Hayward.Possibilities
include:Sap and Bell for Danny Granger!Sap for Shawn MarionSap for Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton (solves need for backup PG too).
Okay just my two cents....Keep Watson and Ak if the money is
right.And am I the only one that thinks Harris can shine in the Jazz
offense? He's barely played half a season with us and people seem to want him
out already...I don't get it.Some bold predictions for this
season:-I truly believe Hayward, Miles and Favors will be the stars
this season, making Jefferson expendable and Milsap a backup. -Memo
will return to form. -Kanter will struggle but he'll pick it up at
the end of the season, much like hayward last season. -I also think
Burks is a serious contender for rookie of the year and the same goes for Corbin
and coach of the year. -I think the jazz will squeak into the
playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed.Mighty wishful thinking?
Probably...but I think this jazz team has the right players, both old and young,
to surprise a lot of people. Cannot wait for the season to finally start!
Okay, I looked up Memo's stats so far this year with Turk Telekom. In 7 games
they have played, he has scored 93 points and 59 rebounds, shooting 40% from 3.
So he is averaging over 13 points per game. One night he scored 21. Looks like
he's played over 30 minutes a night. Sounds like the Memo we know! I
know Turkish ball isn't the NBA, but I think those stats are a pretty good sign.
@ Doug10, If I'm not mistaken, Memo has been playing overseas, so he should be
in game shape more or less. I remember DWill talking about his team having
played Memo's team.
What about giving Fes some time for development? Okay never mind as the Jazz
seemed to hae gone in a different direction. A direction where the big men have
talent.Ronnie Price needs to work with AK as coaches in the D
League. Ak has a record of not being used a lot and yet 3 out of 10 games when
the Jazz do require his services he is out with an injury. If the coaches for
whatever reason even look at him, they should be fired.Memo hasn't
played ball since 1989 or thereabouts. He will not even get warmed up this
season. Were the team able to trade him he should be gone without a thought.The only reason we are happy to see CJ returning is that Raja made him
look good last season. Actually when CJ was hitting 15% of his shots that was
twice as many as Raja hit. Remember Raja we all have to be professionals and
take your millions even if you can't hit shots better than a high school player.
Perhaps Raja has been taking lessons from AK on how to get paid without
involving your conscience.
What i can see...and i hope to see more of....is the combination of Al Jefferson
Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap...5 4 and 3 respectively....Hayward at the 2 and
Harris at Point....hope they try to give Burks his minutes...and Kanter as
well...i do not see Kanter starting this season even next year....but there's
hope that he will improve and become a beast...right now...we have a luxury of
having 4 quality bigs...what we need right now...is a quality Back up PG...and a
real outside threat...im excited to the things to come for the Jazz
If Favors does not play 30 plus minutes each night the jazz will be slowing down
his development. He is more raw then Paul offensively. But more then makes up
for it with his defense. With his size and athleticism he gives us an advantage
with our interior defense. Where Paul tries real hard and can get blocks yet he
is just too short to play PF. Would not surprise me if Paul plays SF. I was at
the charity game at SLCC and Paul looks much more trimmer. I bet the jazz told
him to prepare over the off season to start playing SF. Favors is the future of
this team along with Hayward, Kanter and Burks. Future staring lineup
of:Kanter 7Favors 6-10Millsap 6-8Hayward 6-8Future
lottery pick at pointWe would have the size to compete with anyone. Unlike
past yrs with undersized lineups
Well I for one have mixed emotions about the whole NBA thing, as a JAZZ fan I am
always excited for the team to start playing. But this year it feels different,
maybe its all the people without jobs out there trying to make ends meet and
these NBA players want more. It all feels rathe hollow, these Players and
owners have it GREAT! compared to others out there and they all act like they
are the victims of the bad econonmy.Go JAZZ? man that doesnt sound
the same does it.
Any thoughts as to the other free agents to fill out the roster? I don't see
Earl or Ronnie as viable options for back up point, but who's out there? What
do we do about all the bigs that we have?
One big question lurks in the back of my mind. Is Memo physically good to
go?The answer to that question will make others seem simple.
When playing teams like the Lakers or the Mavericks, it's good to have an extra
big man or two. Especially if it's in the playoffs. Watson proved
that he has chemistry with this team and can run the offense. I also like his
alley oops to Jeremy Evans! Yes bring Watson back.
Here we go again on Fes...the Jazz should try and sign Fes because they need his
defensive presence as a backup and in case Jefferson is traded or stays and he
or Favors gets injured. They should also sign Watson. Easy enough, right? We
I wish the season would have been canceled. Both sides needed to get humbled.
Do not resign Price and try to find someone better than Watson before resigning
jazz source, I'd have to disagree with your statement about not
keeping all those bigs? Why not? O'connor himself said that he'd
rather have a log jam of big men then not enough and Favors as talented as he
is, is not ready to start at power forward yet. And Kanter shouldn't start yet
either especially when Jefferson was playing as well as he was towards the end
of the season. the Jazz would be crazy to trade Millsap because he's
a work horse the Jazz definitely need. All four players will play a
vital part, and we'll have a much deeper bench than we started with last season.
It's a shortened season so they should at least try it out. I'm excited to see
Cut Bell.He is about as loyal now as he was when he took the money
from Phoenix at 12:00 AM after promising the Jazz first shot, and he can't play
anymore. His whining last year about how he lost the starting job (after
playing horribly) showed he's a cancer, not a stabilizing force.
I love big fes. but he's just a wasted roster spot at this point. All he's good
for is being big. With the already crowded front court I just don't see room in
there for a future for him with the jazz
With all this youth and all the new players...even this short season will seem
like a long one. There will be alot of frustrating nights if this team plans on
relying on veterans like CJ Miles? Raja Bell? The weather is more consistent
than those two.It will be intriguing to see how the young guys
develop and Memos expiring contract is going to be one massive trading chip come
the deadline. With all the bigs somebody has got to go. Favors, Jefferson,
Memo, Kanter? We won't be keeping all these guys.