Utah Jazz: Team among 4 showing interest in Clippers swingman Maggette

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  • CRF
    Jan. 22, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    Boozer/Almond for Maggette/Turiof

    This trade is even better. GS gets Rid of TWO long contracts: Maggette & Turiof AND either sign Boozer to fill GSs biggest weakness (4 Position) OR GS gets Boozers 12.66 Million dollar expiring Contract. Almond would be AWESOME with Nellie Ball. Almond is not as suited for Sloan ball.

    Jazz get Maggette (A missing piece to their championship puzzle & Turiof can back up Millsap. Jazz do not need both Millsap & Boozer. They both play Power Forward & both are All-star type players.


    Please people...Trade AK-47?!!! I know his contract is way too high, but he is too flexible to give up right now. AK does EVERYTHING above average.

    We are nuts if we pick Boozer over Millsap. It makes NO SENSE!!! What?! Give 24 minutes to each one of them when they are both all-star Players? Pleeeease!!!

    The one thing about doing this though is our Payroll would still probably around 92 Million for next year WITHOUT BOOZER!!!

  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    Wow. It took the village idiot to slap some sense into you unrealistic, trade-happy fans.

  • Anonymous
    July 3, 2008 5:08 p.m.

    I'll admit that i don't know jack about trades. but what i do know is stats. Kirilenko averaged 1.5 blocks per game last season, Maggette averaged .1 blocks per game last season. Kirilenko shot just over 50% from the field, Maggette 45%. The Jazz don't need someone jackin up crazy shots and then not play defense. He can stay away as far as i'm concerned. Why does everyone dog on AK? He's not over payed because he's a one man defensive show. He picks up alot of the jazz scrappy D plays. If the jazz didn't have AK or Brewer they wouldn't make it to the play offs. 4 triple doubles is impressive. Brewer seems like he is adopting AK's style a bit to defensivly. I can see brewer puting up triple doubles by next year. Whatever happens go jazz!!!!

  • hawaiijazzfan
    July 3, 2008 11:55 a.m.

    im pretty sure maggette is a unrestricted free agent and as such, cannot be signed and traded, although truth to your posts. people cant just say stupid things like lets trade boozer or kirilenko for dwight howard. no one trades their franchise guy (especially if hes young) unless they are stupid (aka, the gasol trade).

  • RE: duh
    July 3, 2008 1:58 a.m.

    Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!

    The gut hasn't played her in 15 years and I forget his first name. Big deal.

    Still doesn't change anything I said.

    You people come up the most nonsensical trades.

    Why would orland trade a superstar bigman dwight howard for utahs junk?

    WHy? Why? Why?

  • Village Idiot
    July 3, 2008 1:35 a.m.

    I realize that maybe I over-reacted when I wrongfully, and unjustifiably, barreled all the blame for the ridiculous "AK and Boozer for Howard" notion at "Trade Rumors". Maybe you were just relating to everyone here a possible trade that you heard elsewhere. If thats the case then you should stop getting your information from a little black ball with an 8 on the top and a glass window on the bottom through which to view your many, many ridiculous dreams. Just cuz Bush uses it doesn't mean it works for everyone.

  • Alex
    July 2, 2008 10:49 p.m.

    You guys are completely lost.

    1) You can't trade for Dwight Howard. He makes 6 million. Carlos Boozer and AK make about 26 combined. Impossible in salary cap.

    2) Maggette wants to sign a mid-level contract because of his currently offers, I do believe Maggette will get a 8-9 Million dollar contract and sign with them.

    PG) Deron Williams/Ronnie Price
    SG) Maggette/Brewer/Korver
    SF) AK/Miles/Korver
    PF) Boozer/Millsap/AK
    C) Memo/Kousta

    3) We need to waive Jarron Collins and Jason Hart for sure, but Matt Harpring is getting old, and starting to become inconsistent, and has bad knees. The Jazz will probably not waive him, but I think he only really has 1 good year left.

  • Corrections
    July 2, 2008 10:21 p.m.

    Its very painful to read the comments of people who think they know what they are talking about.

    1. (Hart?, 10:13) Hart picked up his own option, the Jazz would have never offered him a 2nd year.

    2. (Garrett, 10:33) We can only offer the MLE, not 7 or 8 million. While we are not at the dollar for dollar luxary tax limit, the jazz are currently over the cap and cannot sign anyone not already on their team for more than the MLE.

    3. (Idaho Fan, 10:40) Only 1rst and 2nd year players can play in the D-league, your theories of Hart and Collins to the D-League are invalid.

    4. (Please Fans, 12:55) Total dollars involved in a trade have to be within 30% of each other.

    5. (Sign & trade, 7:22) Maggette is a restricted free agent and can thus be involved in a sign and trade.

    6. This was a giant waste of my time. But I get so angry hearing "facts" from people who really have no clue.

  • It's About The Money
    July 2, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    AK has to be traded, and it is mostly because of his contract, and not his play. His contract is hurting us right now from a salary cap standpoint just as much as a bad player can hurt his team on the floor. KOC is basically strapped because of AK's contract. All this talk about getting Maggette or anyone else for that matter is all great, but it can't happen unless we dump some contracts from our payroll, or if they are willing to take the mid-level exception. Unfortunately, the kind of players we need right now are not going to be satisfied with the mid-level exception. That means we have to dump bad contracts. When you look at the roster AK's contract is the one that hurts us the most right now. It's that simple. I have loved his game over the years as well, but the fact of the matter is that he isn't playing like he used to, and it is really hurting us. I hate to seem him go, but it is time.

  • Yearsley
    July 2, 2008 9:08 p.m.

    I don't think Corey Magggette is the answer for Utah.They already have a good team as it is.But I do think that instead of Ronnie starting at the two guard that Kyle needs to but Jerry most likely would not do that because he likes Brewer for his hustle plays and defense.Although Brewer would be a great player coming off the bench in my opinion because he would bring energy to the second unit, just like Paul Millsap does.I agree though that Utah needs to buyout Jason Hart's contract and look at someone such as Chris Duhon, he would be a great fit for Sloan's system

  • sign and trade
    July 2, 2008 7:22 p.m.

    You cant do a sign and trade with an unrestricted free agent. So your thoughts of AK for Maggette are just stupit. Half of you are idiots anyway. I read your posts to laugh at how stupid Jazz fans are. Its a good thing none of you run the team plus there is a reason you arent.

  • Sincerely
    July 2, 2008 6:56 p.m.

    This defense issue is real simple. Just get the films of Boston's many games and especially the playoffs and look at what was successful for them. Defense is 80% effort, because if your good enough to play on the offensive end you can play defense. I played and know. Look at film Sloan and staff and implement the same thing with our team. It sure worked for the Celtics against Kobe don't you think?

  • KleischaVonFlaphenstein
    July 2, 2008 6:55 p.m.

    All that will happen with the Maggette talk is a little buzz for us all to talk about and him signing with another team. It's fun to pretend, "What if?" but then reality sinks in and we'll have to get by with untested commodities and good guess work on unproven talent. Face it fellow Jazz fans, we are very, very, very, very, very, very low on 99% of all NBA player's list of fans to play for. Heck, we're going to have our hands full just keeping Boozer. Thank goodness for D Will, he seems committed to us hick folk.

  • DUH!
    July 2, 2008 6:49 p.m.

    for being such a 'bigjazzfan' you should know that Hornacek came here in a trade for JEFF Malone, not MARK Malone.

  • ram
    July 2, 2008 6:26 p.m.

    dont know about all the cory m talk what the jazz really need to do is learn how to play defense look at the celts thats why they won the title. the jazz can compete for the west if the learn defense. maybe look for some defensive help

  • I agree with trade rumors
    July 2, 2008 6:10 p.m.

    Trade Boozer and A.K. for money and Dwight Howard have Brewer or KK even Almond take A.K. place.And HOward take boozers.

  • bigjazzfan
    July 2, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    IT's nice to dream, isn't it?

    maggette isn't coming here, because the jazz don't have the money.

    boston has allen, miami has wade.

    HE will end up in either orlando or san antonio.

    The jazz have never made a trade with one of the big names on their team.

    the closest they came to it was trading mark malone for hornecek.

    IN the history of the jazz,

    They have never traded for big name.

    They have never traded a big name.

    They don't have the courage, to afraid of making a change, too stupidly attached to their players.

    But hey, Dream on Jazz fans!

  • Re Ticketholder
    July 2, 2008 5:56 p.m.

    Your an imposter, or an idiot. Who would buy tickets and at the same time run the entertainment in the ground? Jokers like you haven't got resources mentality or personally to do much other than just run your de-mented mouth. Go join one of the losers we have in other sports we don't need you at Jazz games.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    trading AK would be a big mistake. Brewer and him are the jazz defense. Thats what we need not more scoring. get rid of boozers' disappointing overrated ass.

  • TicketHolder
    July 2, 2008 5:17 p.m.

    I have to agree with a previous post that K O'C is blowing smoke to appease the fans. The Jazz are capped out and only have the MLE to offer. Do you think we have really anybody to trade outside of D-Will and Milsap. I love to hear the fans and the trade scenarios. Do you think anybody wants Boozer after his stellar playoff performance? How about the max contract of a pouting Russian? What about our other starters a slow lumbering Turk or a young 2 guard that can't shoot? Let's go to the bench Dreamy boy from Iowa, Hart, Price, Collins......I didn't think so when you put yourself in the GM shoes. Last and least our D-Leauge all stars. Buried in Orem and never seen but on a few occasions? Now most of you will say that Fesenko has promise. If so why did we draft Koufous Doufous? Lets face it we need a miracle and our GM doesn't have the faith to make it happen.

  • spiral jetty
    July 2, 2008 5:05 p.m.

    Someone mentioned Eastern European players are the only players the Jazz can sign.

    That's because they don't know how lame it is here. All of the ballers in the league, you know, the guys from the hood know they can't party here with their posse and their bling.

    July 2, 2008 4:20 p.m.

    wow you guys.....why wouldnt anyone want to play in utah. utah is once again a team no wants to play. jazz keeps getting better and better every year. as for corey maggette! he wants to play for a contending team. he would help the jazz big time but from hearing from alot of the other rumors. he is probably gonna end up in san antonio. why? they are old and cant run anymore. the jazz are one of the youngest teams in the nba and are division champions twice in a row. the jazz will be tough to beat next year. i think its time to get rid of the bench warmers that office thinks they can still help. bring in the newbies. fez will be a great back up. and the new player kousta will help as well. one year in the D-League he will be fine. then again these players on the jazz roster want to prove other teams that they can play. thats why the jazz should not make any moves unless maggette accepts the midlevel. he wants to win obviously. he can make it so much easier for boozer and okur.

  • Conejo
    July 2, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    People keep saying Maggette is willing to play in Utah because he signed before. If I remember the story correctly there was speculation he only signed with Utah in order to push the Clipper into a bigger contract then they originally offered to keep him. I'm not saying he doesn't want to be in Utah. I am saying using the previous contract as proof he WANTS to be in Utah is a shaky assumption.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 3:08 p.m.

    getting dwight howard would be the key to get to the finals but thats far from happening. leave the roster the way it is and then when boozer backs out use that money and buy someone next year thats in free agengy. jazz got what they needed this year. A CENTER

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 2:55 p.m.

    Maggete will be a great piece for the jazz. We need to get rid of the show-up-every-other-game kirilenko and replace him with maggete. Also, we could put Brewer at the 3, have maggete be the 2 and have our up and coming star morris almond come off the bench and give us another great shooter. O man, I am salivating just thinking about this roster:
    1. D-Will
    2. Maggete
    3. Brewer
    4. Booze
    5. Memo

    With Morris Almond added to our deep bench.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 2:46 p.m.

    i think that okur is expendable.... defense and rebound win championships and we wont win one with a three point shooting center

  • Jenny's Sneakers
    July 2, 2008 2:38 p.m.

    Anonymous 12:20, are players willing to play in Utah? Yes. Live in Utah? No. End of story.

  • sloan ?
    July 2, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    Maggette is good, and he would help the Jazz fill
    that shooting guard void on both ends of the court.
    But, we are dreaming we will not be able to get
    Maggette unless we get rid of Andrei, or Boozer, or
    Okur. Face it the Salary cap is....the limit ..and
    we cannot pay all of these guys...so dream on...Ak is
    great if Jerry did one thing right this year that
    was trying to patch up things with Andrei.. I have
    never liked Sloan as a coach but I have to admit
    he did try with Andrei this year...

  • Trade Rumors
    July 2, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    Here is the rumor. Trade Boozer and AK to Orlando for Dwight Howard and some other player. Money goes both ways. Jazz could then move Brewer into AK's place, Howard could take over for Boozer and would be in the finals.

  • Maggette/Sloan
    July 2, 2008 2:05 p.m.

    Do any of you really beleive that Cory Maggette could play for Jerry Sloan??? That would never work; Maggette is an up and down the court player who jacks alot of questionable shots. The ONE AND ONLY way he ends up here is through a sign and trade involving AK.

    Also, I have read a ton of posts saying get rid of Boozer because Millsap is ready. Do any of you watch the games?? Milsap can't play more than 20 minutes a game without fouling out. I like him, but not as a starter, he commits more totally useless fouls than any player in the league. So, combine his skills and production to his constant foul trouble and you have a nice 7th 8th man, but not more.

  • NHL rules NBA drools
    July 2, 2008 2:02 p.m.

    RE: Jenny's Sneakers | 9:01 a.m. July 2, 2008

    Face it Jazz fans: The only players you're ever going to get at true market value are Eastern Europeans.

    Why? Because they are probably the only ones that Larry could afford & be impressed by his tears.

  • Pietrus
    July 2, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    would be great. He is the athletic defender we need.

  • justin
    July 2, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    Maggette would be great but it probably won't happen. It seems like the Jazz should have some interest in Mikael Pietrus of Golden State. They won't have to pay him too much, he can shoot the three, and he can DEFEND. Wouldn't that be interesting? A 2 guard that can do both.

  • The Village Idiot is Smart
    July 2, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    I agree with the Village Idiot. Trading A.K. would be one of the stupidest things the Jazz could do. Why in the world would anyone want to trade one of the best off-the-ball defenders in the league? The Jazz already get burned defensively because teams know the lane is going to be open. Now people suggest trading the one respectable interior defender on the team? Give me a break.
    +1 to keeping D-Will, Booze, A.K., and Memo. Everybody else is expendable. Trade all you can to get Maggette in a sign and trade if he's willing to come here.

  • Please Fans
    July 2, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    Some of the trades that have been suggested in the recent past and present are nothing short of ridiculous. First off unless a recent change has been made, all trades need to equate to within 75% of salaries for the traded players. In other words you can't trade Hart and Collins who make around 5 mil between them for someone that makes 10 or 12 million a year. There are also some other trade eligible matters that need to be met. So unless you know what your talking about you might just as well discuss these matters with your neighbors and forget your stupid posts.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 12:20 p.m.

    players will play in utah. best fans out there!! coming to the loudest arena to play would be awesome and those players would love the cheers going towards them

  • utah jazz baby
    July 2, 2008 12:06 p.m.

    Keep AK, keep boozer, the jazz are going to be fine. now we have a couple of centers that can help out memo when he gets in foul trouble. We have paul to back up booz. The jazz can beat LA anytime now. Only thing we need to figure out is how to win in SA. Watch out west here come the jazz!!!

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    5-Lastly anyone who thinks we should make a move at Biedrins is outside their mind! He is a Memo Okur who can't shoot.

    Everyone is just bored so they want the Jazz to do something... anything. Even if it makes absolutely no sense. Bottom line is the Jazz don't have to make any moves to beat LA. No matter how good anyone was it was going to be LA and Boston. Everyone knows David Stern has been fixing games for years now and this year he got caught with his hands in his pants.

  • Village Idiot
    July 2, 2008 12:00 p.m.

    3-Why did the Jazz re-sign Hart? Hart picked up his option. The Jazz didn't resign him. Read a paper. He knows hes out in Utah so he picked up his option and now gets bought out AND gets a new contract elsewhere. Even if it is Turkey.

    4-Trade Boozer! Why? Cuz he has a house in a different city... just like everyone else in the league. Shouldn't we fire Sloan then? He's never lived in Utah and hes been here 20 years! Trade him cuz he MAY opt out next year? So? Then we have big money to sign possibly the best free agent class in the past ten years.

  • Village Idiot
    July 2, 2008 11:57 a.m.

    Does anyone here actually know anything about the Jazz and or their roster?

    1-Maggette would come off the bench at the 3 not 2. The Jazz are looking at Maggette to replace Harpring not AK or Brewer or Korver.

    2-Trade AK?! Are you stupid? Did you watch a single playoff game this year? Does anyone remember AK nearly single handedly turning the 20 point blow out against the Lakers into a stomach-able loss with 3 after 3 in the fourth quarter when Korver and Memo were afraid to shoot. AK is overpaid but HE not Maggette is the difference maker for championship team. AK is our Pippen not Maggette.

  • Dick
    July 2, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    Maggette in Utah? Don't think so. Sloan is aware that he is a great shooter who can actually get his own shot and not someone(Korver) that you have to set up for a shot. This would throw the 2 plays the Jazz run all into confusion.

  • not the answer
    July 2, 2008 11:35 a.m.

    maggette would be nice, but we have no $ and would have to trade everyone to make room. I like how they release this to get everyone excited then settle for what we have.
    get a decent mentor to teach brewer and almond how to play at the slashing 2 spot and they could be twice as good.
    enough with the tall teenage centers. we need a tough center that will knock a fool out if he thinks he can have his way in the paint. you knock kobe around a few times and he wont come back. think lambeer-ish center. our whole team needs to take defensive lessons from the old pistons. "make your fouls count" should be the jazz marketing slogan next year.
    really our team is good, just poorly managed. they play everyone the same and to their opponents level. they are timid and need to get roughed up so they start playing like men. current roster is ok except hart. and Collins needs to know his role; foul out every game. i love how gaurds box him out. losing to LA needs to mean something or we go nowhere. take losing personally and get better.

  • Larry
    July 2, 2008 11:32 a.m.

    The Jazz went after Maggette a few years ago. He didn't want to play in Utah then, he doesn't want to play in Utah now.

  • Come on now
    July 2, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    You can't send Hart and Collins to the D-League, Idaho Fan. It's for first and second year players. But I think you're right about the Jazz pushing the D-Will advantage. Someone like Maggette could be the thing that pushes the Jazz to the next level. Maybe.

  • IdahoFan
    July 2, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    First, Hart and Collins need to go to the D-Leauge and Almond and Fez need to be given some more time, especially Fez. He is younger and more athletic than the other centers and will make a good back-up for this year. Second, Jazz would be wise to go after Maggette. Unless they work out a trade though, they only have one selling factor for Maggette and that is D-Will. If Maggette believes that D-Will will help him take his game to the next level, that might be the only way he will sign with Utah for less money. Boston and Orlando can offer him chance at Rings just like Utah, but the have more to offer with location and $$$! The Jazz need to push the D-Will angle on free agents and hopefully they will get somebody like Maggette to sign for less green!

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 10:34 a.m.

    They signed hart and cj so they could either package them in a trade, or have them as the usual backups if the team doesn't end up with any free agent pickups or trades. if they let go of hart and couldnt find another point guard, we would be stuck with 2 point guards total, thats too risky. especially if dwill got injured or something like that, then we'd have price as our starting point guard and a shooting guard backing him up. plus they are dirt cheap to keep, it makes perfect sense that they would do what they did. calm down man.

  • Garrett
    July 2, 2008 10:33 a.m.

    As a matter of information, Hart had a player option. He, of course, used it, much to the Jazz's chagrin. That is why he will be back in a Jazz uniform unless we can unload him in a trade. As for the Maggette deal, he is capable of playing defense and would help spread out the floor, like a perimeter player should. Korver struggled in the playoffs last year, Brewer and Kirilenko are not outside threats, and that is why the Laker defense looked so good. They only had to defend D-Will, Booze and Okur. They dared Brewer and AK to shoot from the outside, and we lost. Maggette, along with some more player development, could mean the difference. If we could sign him for 6-7 million a year, isn't going into the luxury threshhold worth a very strong chance at the title? 4 million extra for an NBA title...hmmmm...Ask Boston if it was worth it, Larry!!!

  • Jazz need a 2
    July 2, 2008 10:33 a.m.

    We need Maggette here, Brewer is good, but the teams that win it all have a dynamic 2 guard. I don't understand resigning CJ Miles, the Jazz need a better 2 gueard. With Maggette we could start Dwill, Maggette, AK, Boozer, and Memo. If he is considering the Mid level, we wouldn't have to trade or get rid of much to offer him more than that. I hope the Jazz quit being complaisant and get aggressive in giving us a Championship caliber team.

  • Mountain Man
    July 2, 2008 10:25 a.m.

    Sometimes I wonder about the clueless Jazz fans. All the talk of this defense that you want is inside defense.....a center. Almost every NBA team wants the same. Aside from getting that, how can some say to forget Maggette? Getting him would make the Jazz the favorite to win the title next year, period! Also, the talk that players dont want to play in Salt Lake is so stupid. Players want to play where they can make money and win a title. Signing free agents has much less to do with playing in SLC than what $$ the Jazz can offer.

    Having said that, I doubt that the Jazz can land Maggette unless they can trade AK.

  • james
    July 2, 2008 10:20 a.m.

    Magette, despite being the object of Larry Miller's pursuit for yrs, is not a good player to have in the locker room. He is a skilled offensive player who coasts on defense and needs touches in a game. That is not the type player that Jerry Sloan wants.

    My favorite Magette story was told by Doc Rivers...while a player with the Orlando Magic, Cory missed a game...because he had a bad pedicure...lol.

    With Brewer, KK, AK and CJ, the Jazz have the 3 and 2 covered until the Mo Almond develops. Anyone who has seen him play will see he is the future, with his shooting, his strong body with defense, and his team play.

  • Hart?
    July 2, 2008 10:13 a.m.

    Why in the heck would you resign Hart if you have too many players on your team right now. Larry/Kevin, if you want to give away three or four million, give it to me. I did more for the Jazz this year that Hart did.

  • Maggette is a Spur
    July 2, 2008 10:12 a.m.

    Rumor has it that Maggette is already off the market, heading to San Antonio.

    Hope this isn't another matter of the Jazz losing a player that could have put us over the top because KOC didn't pick up the phone fast enough.

    July 2, 2008 9:40 a.m.

    Magette wants to be a winner. The Jazz are a winning team. There are lots of people that gave up a little to go play for the celtics, because they wanted to win. Magette will pick a team that makes the playoffs. The Jazz have enough scoring we need D-Fence

  • Maggette would be a great fit
    July 2, 2008 9:40 a.m.

    Simply put: the Jazz need Corey Maggette. He is one of the most athletic players in the league and he is capable of defending premier shooting guards/small forwards. Jazz only have one player (Williams) who you can give the ball to in crunch time and say "make a play." With Maggette you would have two. He is a proven all star quality scorer who can get to the hole/free throw line whenever he wants. Can't lay off of him like the Lakers did to Brewer. It's a no brainer. Jazz should do everything they can to land him.

    Williams/Maggette/Boozer is as good as any big three in the West. Add in Utah's bench depth and you have a team that is every bit as good as the Lakers.

    And as far as him not wanting to come here, we've already signed him to a deal before and he has gone on record saying he would love to play here and would love to play for Sloan.

    Signing Maggette is the kind of move that turns really good teams into NBA finalists. Just ask the Lakers.

  • magnus
    July 2, 2008 9:33 a.m.

    I'm sure the Jazz were thinking, "hey we may be able to get this guy for mid-level exception money!" so they had to at least try. the reality is that it probably won't happen though.

    I think the Jazz need to let Magget go, because it's never going to happen, and be aggeressive after Diop. Offering him the full mid-level exception is a little much, but for the Jazz I think it would be worth it.

    July 2, 2008 9:30 a.m.

    What do other teams have that win championships and the Jazz once had? Three starters who are capable of taking over a game. Stockton and Malone could not get there until Hornacek came. Spurs have Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker. Celtics have Garnett, Pierce and Allen. Detroit has Billups, Hamilton, Prince and Wallace. Some teams have two strong players that can take over and make there teammates better. LA had Shaq, Kobe and Miami had Wade and Shaq and Jordan and Pippen. All mentioned above were previous world champions.

    Jazz have one person who can take over a game right now and that is Dwill. Boozer, AK, Memo, all depend on Dwill to create for them. They are not capable of taking over a game on there own skills or merits. Jazz have got to get some relief for Dwill. Dwill was worn out by the end of the season and specially in the playoffs. Maggette would be great. He is capable of taking over especially if you are a guard scoring 20+ points a night. Common Jazz Brass you will run Dwill down and out of here unless you can get him some relief.

  • Stevie Dubya
    July 2, 2008 9:30 a.m.

    I give the Jazz a 50-50 chance at landing Magette. There are a couple things that make me a little optimistic. 1) He signed with us once before when the team wasn't nearly as good. 2) We are a serious contender now. 3) Who wouldn't want to play alongside D-Will?

    I'd like to see the Jazz work out a sign-and-trade deal so we can unload a little cap room and relieve the logjam at the 2 and 3 spots.

  • Are you kidding me?
    July 2, 2008 9:11 a.m.

    All of you guys who keep pushing for a Kirilenko trade are crazy. I live in Los Angeles and have seen plenty of Maggette's games in person. He is active on the offensive end, but stops playing if he thinks he's not getting enough touches. Why do you think Dunleavy doesn't like him? Dunleavy would make a Kirilenko for Maggette trade without thinking twice. Let AK play full time at PF and trade Boozer for Biedrins. I think Boozer is a great player, but I'm also realistic and don't think he plans to stay in Utah--and he's definitely not worth a 20 million price tag next year. Brewer improved a ton last year, and I bet Almond will do the same if he is given any playing time. As for Collins and Hart--both great guys who should be playing Europe.

  • ID Jazz
    July 2, 2008 9:10 a.m.

    I find it highly comical when O'Connor comes out and says that they are going to be aggressive in the free agency market. He said the same last year when he resigned Collins and picked up Hart and Price.
    Price has turned into a great pickup but at that time he was an unknown commodity.
    I would dare go out on a limb and say that the dynamics of this team are not going to change this summer. Jazz Brass have never been aggressive when it comes to getting people who could push the team to the next level. Don't believe me then tell me who they signed while Stockton and Malone were here to help push them to the next level and don't say Hornacek because he was a mid-season acquisition.

  • Jenny's Sneakers
    July 2, 2008 9:01 a.m.

    Jenny has read everyone hashing over what Magette could bring to the Jazz. But has anyone thought about what the Jazz could bring to Magette?

    Jenny can't imagine Magette would choose to live in Utah over a place like Boston or Miami. Whether the stigma about Utah is true or not, there's definitely a perception in some circles in the NBA that you don't want to live in Utah.

    The only way the Jazz land Magette is by offering him substantially more money than any of those other teams.

    Face it Jazz fans: The only players you're ever going to get at true market value are Eastern Europeans.

  • Jonny
    July 2, 2008 8:45 a.m.

    Guys if we want an offensive SG who can't defend anyone why don't we just bring Almond up. Because that is what Maggette is, he is a SG who can't defend.

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 8:33 a.m.

    A lot of these trades that people have proposed won't work out financially. The finances have to be about even on both sides of the trade for the next season. The only way we get Maggette for AK is if Maggette signs a max contract with the Clippers, and that's less likely to happen than us being able to trade AK because the clippers just gave a lot of money to Baron Davis and will give a lot of money to Elton Brand. Sure, those trades brought up will benefit the Jazz, but they just don't work under NBA regulations.

  • Lo Porto
    July 2, 2008 8:09 a.m.

    Maggette would be an upgrade over Brewer at 2 and/or AK at 3, but it's doubtful we get him. AK is the only guy I could see us trading that makes over $2.5 a year, and the Clippers won't want to take him. Maggette would be a great fit if he would come to us for the full midlevel exception for 4-5 years, but I doubt he will since he can get more money.

    The first priority is TRADE AK to anyone who will take him. He needs to be traded for an expiring contract or to a team with cap space who sends us back a much lesser contract. Trade AK for Wally Szczerbiak and his expiring contract. Or we could get really creative and do the following sign-and-trade deal:

    Clippers get Al Harrington
    Golden State gets Kirilenko
    Utah gets Maggette (after signing long term deal)

    That would be a good deal for all 3 teams.

  • Jimmy's Sneakers
    July 2, 2008 7:50 a.m.

    Jimmy thinks that the Jazz are a longshot here unless they can convince LA to do a sign and trade that still leaves them enough room to sign Boom Dizzle and Brand. Absent a 3-team deal nothing seems likely.

    If he settles for the MLE he ends up in Miami or Orlando.

  • Utah has been in love
    July 2, 2008 7:40 a.m.

    with Maggette for a long time. I think it would be a very nice addition to the team, but lets be honest. Utah doesn't have enough money to throw at him with all their current players. Utah would probably have to work out some sort of trade involving AK and I don't know if that's something they are willing to do.

  • To "hopefull..."
    July 2, 2008 7:36 a.m.

    Maggette already signed an offer sheet to come to the Jazz 5 years ago. He doesn't seem to have the same concerns about playing in Utah that you alluded to.

  • ljk
    July 2, 2008 7:23 a.m.

    The Jazz need to quit worrying about signing/drafting more scorers. Weren't the Jazz one of the highest scoring teams in the league last year? Same old song and dance, but the problem as everybody knows (or should know) lies with defense. Focus on signing a guy who plays defense first. I think Diop would add to the interior D and help a lot. We need centers that stay in the paint to grab boards, block shots, and get easy layups/dunks. Scoring more points is only effective if you are able to make regular stops on the defensive end.

  • JazzFanInHouston
    July 2, 2008 6:22 a.m.

    The Jazz as currently rostered have two problems. (1)They lack enough team defense, and (2) they lack offensive consistency at small forward and shooting guard when teams like LA and SA focus on Boozer.

    Maggette would help on problem 2 but do little for problem 1. However, if Maggette goes to SA that really does not help the Jazz.

  • every summer
    July 2, 2008 6:21 a.m.

    No huge up grade needed it seems like every summer we talk about Maggette. I'm sorry but I don't see how that is an upgrade especially when our young guys are just as talented and younger too. I hope we get to see what an extra year can do for this team.

  • Wombat
    July 2, 2008 1:36 a.m.

    Kevin , do what you must to get this guy. He may be the difference to take us to the next level.
    1. D Will
    2. C Maggette
    3. R Brewer
    4. C Boozer / A K
    5. Memo

    I think a well balanced starting 5, with some youth & experience on the bench , Millsap, Kosta, Korver, Harpring, CJ & a Point guard- the rest in training or trade.

  • Get Maggette
    July 2, 2008 1:17 a.m.

    How interesting, I would welcome Maggette with open arms, but the ladies won't like not seeing long-socks on the court.

  • lame,
    July 2, 2008 12:58 a.m.

    if they wanted magette then why did they give CJ a qualifying offer?????????///

  • josh
    July 2, 2008 12:55 a.m.

    All we have is the MLE, but good thing thats all that anyone outside of memphis philly and charlotte has.

  • Chris
    July 2, 2008 12:55 a.m.

    O'Connor's blowing smoke to impress the fans. No way in H-E-double hockey sticks Maggette ends up wearing a Jazz uni. If he does, Jazz can beat the Lakers.

  • hopefull.....
    July 2, 2008 12:36 a.m.

    Man if the jazz could land Corey, that would be great. I would love to see him in a Jazz uniform. But I doubt he'll come. A lot of stars in the NBA don't really think Utah is a place they could see themselves. Im just hoping they would trade him for ak47. But we'll see.

  • danburtreynolds
    July 2, 2008 12:31 a.m.

    I would rather not be awake at this time, but since I am I will break the ice. When I saw Maggette opt out I wondered if the Jazz would make play for him. I hope they do, and they certainly have players available to trade at the 2-3 spot. I like Maggette, I think he is tough, a solid enough shooter, and someone who will help the Jazz win now.