Utah Jazz notes: Despite full roster, O'Connor expects active summer

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  • Yearsley
    July 3, 2008 2:32 p.m.

    I agree that the jazz need to keep Andrei.But i think the only move that needs to be made would be to trade or release Jason Hart, and than pick someone up such as Anthony Johnson, or Kevin Ollie

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2008 11:09 p.m.

    Wow, I don't think anything AK-47 does will impress Jazz fans. He could still average a 5 x 5 or a triple double every game and you guys would still cry for a trade. If AK were playing in Boozer's 4 spot, he would be a average a 20-10 season and be an All-Star easy. I wouldn't even flinch if Boozer goes to Miami after opting out of his contract. Memo and AK would love to play the 4 and would play it well.

    If we must trade him, we have to get equal compensation. I don't want him to be the next Pau Gasol that gets traded to an elite team for nothing.

    Since AK is only a contributor with the Jazz, he must take a pay cut. We can't give him max money anymore. We have to fork out some cash to keep our up and coming young guys in the future i.e. Millsap and Brewer.

  • AK h8r
    June 30, 2008 7:57 p.m.

    I want whatever ak fan is smokin!!

  • Jimmy's Sneakers
    June 30, 2008 7:02 a.m.

    @ Anonymous.

    ESPN's trade machine is still using last years figures. Maggette is a FA and Jimmy's figure is an estimated salary for resigning him and including him in a sign in trade.

    Additionally, trades don't have to match exactly dollar for dollar. LAClippers can accept contracts up to 125%, plus $100,000 of their outgoing salaries. Thus at the salaries Jimmy proposes the Clippers could accept up to 21.35 worth of Jazz contracts.

    June 29, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    i talked to britton johnson, former ute he will be playing for the jazz during the rmr...

  • ak must stay
    June 29, 2008 9:45 p.m.

    Ak was the only Jazz player who had any success guarding kobe. If we get rid of him, then we will have no success against the Lakers. Boozer was the weakest link of the starters during the regular season and playoffs. While he has value, playing in the Olympics and all, we need to trade him now.... Forget trading AK.

  • Ak Fan
    June 29, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    Wow ppl chill out. It's not AK got money it's Jazz give to him . why is every body blaming him He is the corner stone this Jazz team. Without him just liability.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    Utah Jazz (sign and) trade:
    AK47 (15m, 16.5m, 17.8m)
    JHart (2.5m)
    CJMiles (2.5m, 3m, 3.5m)

    LAClippers (sign and) trade:
    CMaggette (11m, 10m, 9m, 8m)
    TThomas (6m, 6.5m)

    Sneakers did you even bother to check your figures?
    ESPN trade machine has completely different figures than you use for each and every player. For example they have Maggette at 7,000,000. Even with the figures you use you are trading 20,000,000 in Jazz salaried players for 17,000,000 in Clippers salaries, so your trade does not work. I'm I missing something here or are you up in the night?

  • looktothesky
    June 29, 2008 1:21 p.m.

    Can it be possible that utah could just release, or dump some how, "get rid of" jason hart and jaron collins. They are not helping us to win any games, and they are eating up are roster spots, let alone our bench seats, and the with them drinking all the gatorade, we could save money next year.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    The AK for Al Harrington deal is the best route we can take IMO.

  • Jimmy's Sneakers
    June 29, 2008 12:13 p.m.

    Jazz rotation after Jimmy's proposed trade

    1. DWill/RPrice/Free Agent PG
    2. CMaggette/KKorver/MAlmond
    3. RBrewer/MHarping/TThomas
    4. CBoozer/PMilsap
    5. MOkur/JCollins/KFesenko/KKoufos

    Realistically the Jazz would have a 9-10 man rotation with JCollins, KFesenko, KKoufos, MAlmond and either RPRice or the FA PG playing limited minutes

  • Jimmy's Sneakers
    June 29, 2008 12:04 p.m.

    Jimmy proposes this sign and trade:

    Utah Jazz (sign and) trade:
    AK47 (15m, 16.5m, 17.8m)
    JHart (2.5m)
    CJMiles (2.5m, 3m, 3.5m)

    LAClippers (sign and) trade:
    CMaggette (11m, 10m, 9m, 8m)
    TThomas (6m, 6.5m)

    This trade rids the Jazz of AK's contract and provides the Clippers a defensive minded player in the front court next to EBrand and CKaman. In return the Jazz get another slashing offensive player that can take advantage of the modern hand check rules and ease some of the pressure from DWill. Maggette will also help the Jazz defensively against the leagues super star 2-guards that this team has so much trouble with.

    RBrewer will slide over to SF and give the Jazz the cutting and finishing around the rim that AK has provided in the past.

    TThomas is overpaid but his contract is shorter and much smaller then AK's and will allow the Jazz more financial flexibility in locking up their other guys longterm. Additionally, TThomas provides clutch 3-pt shooting and has proven the ability to be a solid role player on a playoff contender.

    Hart has had success in LA before and may help fill their gaping need for a veteran point.

  • Dave
    June 29, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    I agree that the salary of AK is taking up alot of cap room, but he actually played pretty well in the playoffs. I think we as Jazz fans have a tendency to pile onto a guy because everyone else is. But seriously AK contributed more in the playoffs then Boozer, and yet everyone is saying get rid of AK so we can re-sign Boozer. And Spock, Marion what has he ever won. He hasn't won anything, instead he complained his way off of a legit contender, only to be traded to the worst team in the league.

  • Spock
    June 29, 2008 10:17 a.m.

    Mr. O'Connor, thank you for building us a good jazz team. We need another piece to get further in the playoffs. Please trade AK, JHart, Fesenko and possibly Almond. AK is not contributing and is paid way too much. JHart can play defense, but has no clue in the offense. Fesenko is another double zero. Almond has already proven himself in the dleague, take advantage of his trade value.

    Bring us Marion from Miami. He's a winner, we cannot win with AK.

  • Lo Porto
    June 29, 2008 9:51 a.m.

    TRADE AK and his bogus contract for an expiring contract.

    Trade AK to Cleveland for Wally. Cleveland needs to win now and AK will support LeBron better than Wally ever would. I don't think Wally would help us all that much, but having an additional $16 million for 2009/10 and $17 million for 2010/11 is worth the deal alone.

    Trade AK to Golden State for Al Harrington. That trade opens up $5 million this summer, $6 million next summer and $17 million for 2010/11. G.S. would start AK right away at the 4. Harrington is a versatile player who can play the 3, 4 and 5.

    Both these trades would weaken the Jazz a little for next season, but Utah would definitely lose Millsap and maybe even Okur and Boozer next offseason due to cap space AK would eat up. AK is solid all around, but he's not worth the money that could go to players who are better fits. Remember that AK is a 4 who plays the 3 for Utah...