Mike Sorensen: Exciting offseason awaits the Utah Jazz and all their free agents

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  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 24, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    My goodness where were all of you when Sloan had plenty of seasons within two or three wins of this? Then he promptly gets bounced from the playoffs. Quit whining about the ownership and the coaching. Lindsey just got here, and Corbin took over a mess with the worst defensive big man in basketball. Carroll played well at times, and then went into a funk so bad he got benched. Evans isn't the answer, Jefferson plays for himself only, Millsap is undersized, especially with zero defense Jefferson, Favors wasn't completely ready, Kanter got hurt right when Corbin started to trust him, Mo is terrible, Foye doesn't play D, Watson can't do anything, Tinsley is older than dirt, and Marvin never fit in. So let's blame the coach. I've even seen this blog get so bad that Corbin was called a "token african american under Sloan, and "fire everyone except Hornacek" What is this starting to sound like?

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 24, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    The Jazz have found themselves in the deep end of the pool with no lifeguard on duty.

    They have committed to Corbin although Denver is in the playoffs with lesser players.

    KOC has wanted to have a thick wallet for a decade and now he got his wish and there is no player on the shelf that will come to Utah that is worth bringing to Utah.

    Keep DeMarre because he will be a good example? Go shopping and with the first $1,000,000 the team gets....... an example????

    The Jazz have Milsap and Jefferson who are both ranked in the top 3-4 at their position as free agents. Does anyone really think Jazz are going to get someone ranked higher than 2-3 to come to the Jazz?

    In a sea of mediocrity the Jazz administration is looking for a liferaft and there is no help in sight. When Jefferson or Milsap are picked up by another team the Jazz will have gone backward as lesser players will replace them.

    KOC and the new GM should have seen this coming, but they haven't done anything. As a fan I am disappointed.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 23, 2013 12:38 a.m.

    Hire Stew Morril, he can't recruit anybody either. Then the management and coach will be on the same page.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    April 22, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Osgath, I am not looking for an argument, just curious for your opinion. I do not see where we have the opportunity to put together a great team. The list of free agents this upcoming year is not great. I feel like our management has been ineffective all year and hope they change my mind next year, but I'm skeptical.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 22, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    The Truth: you seem to be looking for an argument. I do not advocate keeping all eight free agents. I only mentioned three of them, and one with conditions - he accept a one year contract. I do agree with you that D-league players are not the answer, nor is Millsap. But unless they find and can sign a better shooter than Foye, dropping him would be tossing the baby with the bathwater. Demarre Carroll is worth the pittance they pay him just for the example he gives.

    By the way, both Stockton and Malone were middle first round drafts. Hayward was a lottery pick, as was D-Will. Hayward may yet develop. D-Will clearly was not going to stay here regardless - that's the reality a Utah-based team has to face: it's neither New York, L.A. or Miami.

    Frankly, I like where they sit right now, with so many expiring contracts and so much cap space. They have a great opportunity to put together a good team. If they don't, then talk to me about ineffective management.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 22, 2013 6:16 p.m.


    You don't progress by holding onto players that are not taking you anywhere

    You don't progress by holding onto mediocre players.

    You don't progress by with a team that leaves you only with middle round draft choices every season.

    This team has for years been haphazardly been put to together with what ever they could scrounge up.

    There seems to be no plan,

    and no understanding of what kind of players you need to make a run at a championship.

    Holding onto players that have been around long to show all they are ever going to give you (there is reason the celtics and minnesota let jefferson go, and milsap is not the answer), Loading up on development league players, and chasing someone else's bench players is not a plan.

  • President Joker Washington, DC
    April 22, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    The jazz have been waiting since 1998 to get a "proven shooter" they found one in Wesley Matthews but managements carelessness in signing AK to that bloated contract caused them to lose him in Free Agency.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 22, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    You don't progress by dumping all experienced players and expecting a crop of rookies to win. Some free agents need to go, but several need to stay. Demarre will not cost much, but the impression of his attitude and hustle on any new draftees would make it worth every penny. Unless they can obtain a real long-distance shooter, they need Foye.

    Consider this. Jefferson - good scorer but weak on defense. Favors - strong defender but not yet a dependable scorer, though the potential is there. It would be interesting if the Jazz could get Jefferson to sign for a single year at $15 million to help bring Favors along - he has proven very willing and able to do so. That tandem on the court at one time would offer a very imposing offensive and defensive front line, and a three-man rotation including Kanter could be even better. That way, management can focus on getting a high level veteran point guard, a drafted point guard for future development, and a proven shooter to pair with Foye.

    By the way, forget Bledsoe. The Clippers owner is a moron, but he knows better than to let Bledsoe go.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 22, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    My choice would be to let them all free agents go. After signing some good draft choices, use the cap space to find good young players that will be free agents in the future. However, the Jazz should take this opportunity to go deeply in the draft this year and next year and possibly overseas to find good young players to build around their core.

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    April 22, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Please keep Demarre Carroll!!!

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    April 22, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Don't need Tinsley either.. Use McNeal as the third point. Even CP3 says they can't afford Bledsoe and he should be starting.. So trade and let him start with the Jazz. Get the other point in the draft..