Lots of questions for Kevin O'Connor, Utah Jazz as the end of lockout nears

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  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 28, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    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 Marion
    Sap for Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton (solves need for backup PG too).

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    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!

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Nov. 28, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    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

  • Utejazzfn3431 Draper, Utah
    Nov. 27, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    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 7
    Favors 6-10
    Millsap 6-8
    Hayward 6-8
    Future lottery pick at point
    We would have the size to compete with anyone. Unlike past yrs with undersized lineups

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    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.

  • dleger Lafayette, LA
    Nov. 27, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    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?

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Nov. 27, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Who Cares?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    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.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Nov. 27, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    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 shall see.

  • usscuba Vernal, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    I wish the season would have been canceled. Both sides needed to get humbled.

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    Nov. 27, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    Do not resign Price and try to find someone better than Watson before resigning him.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 1:50 a.m.

    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 it!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Gordon over Jimmer CORONA, CA
    Nov. 26, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    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

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    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.