Utah Jazz: GM Dennis Lindsey believes flexibility will help franchise's future success

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  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 2:41 a.m.

    I wouldn't be too eager about a trade people. I see so many of you saying we should trade Al Jefferson, the problem with that guys is that he's our most consistant go to guy, he's been a great scorer in the 4th which has not been a good quarter for the Jazz. I've watched about every game and there are games we would not have won without Jefferson. And he's been really good for the young players in how he's worked with them. You have to be careful they have good chemistry in the locker room and it's just getting better as the year goes along, alot of these guys are new so there getting better with working together. I agree Jefferson frustrates me sometimes on defense but both Kanter and Favors need to get more consistant scoring moves first before you rely on them down the stretch. I'm saying be careful for what you wish for, many times the best move is the one you don't make.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    @ Lindon Man

    Nope, I just call it as it is.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:32 a.m.


    did you know that most of Hayward's basketball life...he was playing the PG position...just throwing it out there...he doesnt need to be the PG...but he can start an offense...just to give the opponent a different view...

    @Long Term
    That is an awful trade...really? Ben Gordon?...i wouldnt touch him even with a 100ft pole...what you are getting...is a mo williams..with no D...im no expert...but i find it hard to give guys minutes...when you are loaded up front...Favors and Kanter's growth is getting stumped...Burks can handle PG duties..and Hayward can be the all-around guy of the team...Hayward with all his athleticism...needs to rebound the ball more...i'd rather have a 3-team trade...where in we get Ed Davis austin daye Belineli jimmy butler and a few 1st rounders...we get a backup big...and 2 backup wings...we could let go Big Al Raja and Marvin Williams..

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    I think Jazzledazzle works for or is related to the Millers.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    @ John Wicks

    Lindsey has been here less than one season. Therefore, hold your horses partner, you don't come in and just start trading players. The Jazz want to be smart about what they do with all the money coming off the books.

    @ Lindon Man

    Content with complacency? I guarantee Dennis Lindsey is getting calls off the hook everyday by other GM's. The Jazz, let's not forget are one of the best run franchises in the NBA. You can count on one finger how many times they have missed the playoffs the last 30 years. Oh and by the way there have only been 8 franchises that have won a championship in the last 30 years.

    Just like Charles Barkley said, the only reason he, Malone and Stockton don't have rings is because of MJ. The Jazz have been one of the most steady and successful franchises in the league's history. They have done it in the smallest and least attractive destination for players in the league.

    Ask Charlotte and Minnesota how well it has worked out for them to just keep trading players....

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    @ B Russ

    Could not agree more. The Jazz defense is atrocious. I like the nucleus under contract for next year. Favors, Kanter, Hayward, Burks. I like Thibedeau in Chicago, his team plays defense, I wish the Jazz would really crack down on emphasizing defense.

    I say stay pat, don't do a trade unless it really benefits us. Re-sign Millsap if he is willing to embrace a 6th man role. Bring Foye back, he has been fantastic. Then the Jazz will have a lot of cap room. Even though Utah is not the number one destination for free agents, you throw enough money someone's way and they'll come.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Feb. 12, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Every Jazz fan would like to see the team improve dramatically, but doing so has to make sense. Currently, I believe the Jazz's best all around lineup is Kanter, Favors, Millsap, Foye and Burks. So, in my opinion, Al Jefferson is the likeliest Jazz player to be traded. Why? Because his expiring contract is a huge attraction for salary strapped teams; and Jefferson is the one player the Jazz could afford to lose and be no worse off; since they have many other players that can pick up the lost offensive production.

    However, such a trade would have to bring the Jazz exactly what they need ... a top 10, play making point guard. Jefferson's worth a top ten point guard, anything less than that is a bad deal for the Jazz.

    Making such a trade also gives the Jazz the freedom to play Kanter and Favors more and a lot of flexibility when considering whether or not to to re-sign Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson. If the Jazz make such a trade, two of those three will likely be playing elsewhere next season; since Burks is coming along fine and Hayward will be back soon.

  • md Cache, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    Honestly, the Jazz have been difficult to watch this year. I have liked them since before Stockton and Malone brought consistent winning to the team. I have never watched a Jazz team that is as painful to endure as this team is. I guess I need to follow more college ball and forget these overpaid athletes.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I have enjoyed watching the Jazz this season because they have learned to play team ball for the most part. Occasionally when they get behind, one or two or three players try to bring them back by individual one-on-one play, which simply doesn't work in the NBA outside the top three or four players in the league. But that has been happening less and less as the players buy into the team-first concept. I think the team's chief shortcoming is defense, particularly Jefferson and the slower guards. Compared with Boozer and his deer-in-the-headlights look as he froze in indecision, Jefferson is good, but he's still not good enough. Jefferson and Milsap are not holding the ball as much on offense as they were earlier in the season, and they're learning to move or pass quicker. I dare say that if it weren't for injuries the Jazz would have won at least four additional games. Here's hoping that the Jazz don't opt for the star player route. Those guys normally run off to the big lights of the big cities anyway, and an injury can be particularly devastating.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    I think they have been show casing the players that will be up for trade. The complacency is knowing that your kids will get more minutes after next week. If they don't move on some of these trade rumors (if they're really active possibilities) then the season was a waste for fans. I'd take the rumored Spur deal for Splitter and Mills for AJ. The Suns trade rumor of Gortat and Dudley for AJ would also help. I've also read where we could get Ridnour for the Bell contract and a draft pick. Any of these deals would be a serious upgrade on defense.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    I have never seen so much content with complacency.

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    What has Lindsey done in his time with the Jazz. Absolutely nothing!!

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    Defense defense defense. Good by Al Jefferson. The Jazz need a pass first quality point guard, even when Mo gets back. Mo has a history of getting hurt, just like Boozer did. Ben would be good, but he's not the point the Jazz need. I think if the Jazz are going to rebuild, then they need to trade away. AJ for two young prospects and a high draft pick. Millsap (I'd hate him to leave) for another couple of young assets. Get rid of Murphy, Evans, Watson, and the contract on Bell.

  • Long term Kimberly, ID
    Feb. 12, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    Here is a great trade:

    Al Jefferson for Ben Gordon and their 1st round draft pick. Both teams would get what they need now and in the future. Top 5 pick for Jazz gives great asset and flexibility. Bobcats desperately need a big with skill. They have more real young guys than anyone and Al is still just 27. It would be huge for them. There is nobody in this draft that has Al's skill set and that is what they need. Gordon would be a great fit here too as a backup 1-2.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 11:40 p.m.

    I kind of think we need to quit worrying so much about the culture, and about who is going to get us into our offense and start worrying about who is going to get us into our defense! Who is going to fill those empty seats and bring Jazz basketball back to life! lol. Go Jazz!

  • jazzfanjim Meridian, ID
    Feb. 11, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    i find it hard to believe the jazz cant see mo's shoot first pass maybe mentality. how can they call him a point guard. even big al commented on how much mo did not pass. maybe the brass this summer can package mo and marvin for a true jazz system point. what ever happens, do not let mr. burks get away. he has got it. he is the brightest of the core four. oh, and stop trying to turn gordon into a point. not his game.

  • Red and Blue VANCOUVER, WA
    Feb. 11, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    "They like where they are positioned"? Let's see if they know what to do, and then actually do something that will move us ahead. Past performance is not encouraging.