Utah Jazz working on filling at least two roster spots

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  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    It is going to be a short season, but a long year...

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    coleman51: The Jazz don't have AK under contract any more, Okur is under contract and it's about 10 or 11 mil. , he may be a good trade chip at the trade dead line.
    I hope Burks gets alot of PT at the point guard spot.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    I believe that Watson should be signed for the season. However, we need to unload the two big contracts of Kirilenko and Okur. We need the cap space to sign good, young players. My suggestion would be to get some young talent from the D-league and ride out the year until we get some good talent from the draft.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    If the Jazz punt Raja wouldn't that be three spots they need to fill?

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    If they sign Watson, that's perfect for Burks backing him up as well as the 2 guard position. I think Memo is now going to be a bench player or traded. I think AK is too expensive, but I love the guy and would like to see the Jazz sign him for one year $5M...he's worth it to play some long 3 and help Hayward and Evans and Burks, etc. Wild cards are Milsap and Favors. Will both start, just one, or neither. Personally, I would rather have Fesenko on the team than Memo. Starting lineup might be AJ, DF, PM, GH, and DH.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    I'm hoping Favors gets the starting nod, my starting lineup as of now would be Big Al, Favors, CJ, Hayward, Harris. Milsap 6th man, I'm hoping they play Burks as the 3rd point guard, Burks to back up Hayward, Milsap playing some 3 and 4. I hope Kanter proves good enough to demand playing time. I would like to see Evans show he can play the 3, he is long, athletic and would match up against some of the taller, longer 3's that CJ and Hayward are over matched against. It will be fun to see these young players develop, I just hope the coaches give them enough time to develop and gain confidence.

  • cedar Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    It makes me sick to hear about Lakers sitting back and getting the best players like dwight, paul. the league should stop that kind of thievery. were sick of La in the champion ships every year. when their old players are no longer needed they trade their junk for superstars. i hope this carter wins a spot of our team as he is a nice brother for his sick sister and maybe a good player. hope we can keep our good players when they need to resign and not lose them to old junk. stay here favors and become a malone. lots want to go with the movie stars but one would think they would like beautiful utah mountains, park city. fishing, hunting, skiing etc.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    I guess I am alone in my views of all this. I would like to to see AK, Memo, and Watson back. They are all decent players, good guys, and experienced vets. I agree that AK gets injured a lot but he is not injured much more than the average 10-year vet. And I think a lot of his injuries comes from hustle. At least, he is one guy who is never unwilling to sacrifice his body. We could use some more of that and more of his team defense.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    @ Old Timer

    I agree with you...that we should go with youth...i just hope the team would be competitive...and i really hope..we get a new PG...really not a fan of devin harris

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    With all this youth and inexperience on this team AK would be indispensable. We need him back badly.

    I agree with others though he should be paid accordingly and I honestly would not be surprised to see him give the Jazz a reasonable deal considering he has been overpaid for years.

    If the Jazz are in the ball park I think he likes it here, he lives here, and he wants to play here. On the other hand if nitwit from NJ offers AK some ridiculous overpaid deal he probably would take it and who could blame him. There is only so much money you can say no to.

    AK probably will be injured 20-25% of this season but his knowledge of this offense and the ability to literally play 4 positions is irreplaceable.

    All this youth will be exciting until it becomes chronic losing and then fans will be screaming for someone who knows the plays, can make others better, and will not turn the ball over every time down the floor. That is AK in a nutshell.

    Who knows we might get lucky and get a healthy year too.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 6, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Let Momo play out his contract, sign Watson, pass on A.K., sign Paul Carter if he shows what the team needs. As for Vinc Carter, be careful here because I believe we have enough veterans for the leadership needed to guide the rooks & young players. Besides that Memo can shoot it from outside as well as most SG and can paly some inside as well. I would go with youth given the choice because the future is where we are today.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    I really hope Watson is back. When Deron or Devin got hurt last year and he was starting, I had no worries about him running the team. I like Price but can't say the same for him unfortunately. Earl can run the team, is inexpensive, and wants to come back. No brainer in my book. AK is a tough one. I love the guy but he's so fragile. I guess if he comes at a good price he might be worth having back. He has certainly helped us out at time, but hurt us at other times. Paul Carter is a character guy, went undrafted, and has potential. Kinda reminds me of another undrafted guy we had here for a year who is now making a lot of noise in Portland. Of course, that was after the Jazz failed to make a qualifying offer, which he most certainly would've jumped on.

  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    It's hard to make judgements until the entire schedule is released, but the fact that the Lakers gets 3 games in a row to start the season is frustrating. The negative impact of three games in three nights will be so much more painful midway through the season. The players have had months of rest going into the first week.
    We'll see how evenly balanced the schedule is once it's released. Objectively it may look fair, but I suspect the subjectivity will favor the Lakers, Bulls, Miami, etc.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    AK is a risk because of his health/injury concerns. But he has played very well in Russia this year and I still feel would be valuable to the Jazz at a much reduced salary from the enormous amount of money he was paid last year. I'm ok with AK, at the right price. I'm ok with Earl Watson too. He is solid, if not spectacular but he really seems adept at throwing the lob pass to our high flying youngsters. I still think we need more help with the point guard position too. I haven't seen enough of Devin Harris but I worry a little about his durability and if he gets hurt that leaves us with just Watson (I don't know if Ronnie Price will be back or not). I wish we could have got Jimmer to shore up our point guard position, but I'm very pleased with Kanter and Burks. I don't know if Burks can help out with the point or not, but seems like a solid shooting guard

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    Earl Watson is a huge plus for the Jazz, knows the system and has steel in his guts when crunch time arrives, competent and makes the team better. Jazz had better step up on that one.

    AK is a different scenario. Greg Miller at the end of last season pointed out that AK was hurt and unable to play 25% of the games he was asked to step into. What kind of employer would pay an employee to perform 3/4 of the time? I think there are better options out there.

    Vince is getting the boot from Phoenix and he could be electric for the team. Many team are pursuing Nene and the big centers so there are a few other forwards available who would be a bigger support to the Jazz than AK. Hopefully th4e Jazz are reaching out so they can say to the AK fans they tried. In all reality AK would be better off wearing the bear mascot suit than a Jazz uniform.

    It would be wonderful to find Okur a new residence as well. He can't play defense nor does he take his body and pound it inside on the offense.