Utah Jazz: Wild free-agency begins with rumors about Millsap, Big Al and more

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  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2013 12:48 p.m.


    Your assessment of OJ Mayo isn't supported by the stats. He would actually be an upgrade from Randy Foye (and I really like Randy Foye).

    These are Foye's and Mayo's stats from last season:

    Randy Foye (27.4mpg):
    10.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.5 rpg, 39.7 fg%, 81.9 ft%, 41.0 3p%

    OJ Mayo (35.5mpg):
    15.3 ppg, 4.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 3.5 rpg, 44.9 fg%, 82.0 ft%, 40.7 3p%

    The only problem I see is that an OJ Mayo acquisition would almost certainly set Alec Burk's development back several years. I think that with the right supporting cast at the SG position, Burk could have a breakout year this year (think Wesley Matthews' first year in Portland, or even better).

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    July 2, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    @Kakashi, Mayo's numbers dropped immediately after Nowitzki returned to the lineup and his new role was to feed him the ball. Not only would he have freedom on the Jazz they would need him to score a lot so I think he would be right back up there.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    July 1, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    The N.B.A. is a joke these days! Multimillionaire Players overrule Coaches; see Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams; Vinny Del Negro and Chris Paul. Players group together to go to a certain team to become Champions; see Boston Celtics (Kevin Garnett), Miami Heat (Lebron James, Chris Bosh).
    The N.B.A. isn't even close to the League it used to be. Not worth even supporting.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 1, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    i Just read that Big Al would be talking with the bobcats...i hope we could get a sign and trade deal with them....Big AL for Cody Zeller + a few first rounders and Bismack? the problem that i would see going all out young...is how to retain these players for long term...and i guess this is the reason...why they wanted veteran leadership...to be able to manage contracts long term

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 1, 2013 5:01 p.m.


    i do agree that korver doesnt play defense...im just going to sign him for the minimum...and be that 10-15 min guy that would only be there to shoot...nothing more...plus i just heard that Delfino was released...so...i'd rather have delfino

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 1, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    @Jazz Source

    Doug10 has been saying that in a few posts about Hayward...and i even gave him playoff contending teams where in Hayward would be a huge help...teams like OKC, Chicago, Indiana, and Memphis are just a few examples...

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 1, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    @King Black

    Mayo is not as consistent as you might think, he shot lights out first few weeks of the NBA last year...after that...he went downhill with his percentages...and his numbers went downhill as well and JJ Redick is a free agent and i would rather have JJ than Mayo...Copeland is a big guy that can shoot...but he is 29 yrs old...he doesnt have much ceiling, that means this is what you get from him and i cant call him a vet...i would bring Foye back...and since Houston just released delfino...i'll grab him...i am not sure about Neto's contractual issues...if he cant come in this year...i'd probably do a sign and trade with San Antonio...i'll trade Big Al or Paul Millsap for Blair and/or Splitter + Nando de Colo + a 2016 unprotected first round pick...

    the reason why i would sign splitter is to have a decent viable backup, If they wont sign Big Al or Millsap...another option would be Tyler Hansbrough...

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 1, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    @ Jazz Source

    I agree with your assessment about Hayward...and I would add that the only reason he might not start for any team is his skill set is so broad. He is a point guard/shooting guard/small forward all in one. Basically, if the core-4 each play more, more supposed experts will see them all as starters. I bet if we asked the TNT analysts who they would rather have on their fantasy team between starter Paul George of the Pacers and often starter but not always Gordon Hayward of the Jazz, Gordon might just get two out of three. And I still say that the +/- will improve without Jefferson, and that is the most important stat I can think of. I bet every single member of the core-4 improved their shooting (either percentage or range or both) & added offensive moves during the past year, too.

  • BYU Fan in DC Washington, DC
    July 1, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    I agree with Tators. Most of the reason Jimmer is not shooting the lights out is that he gets very few minutes. Still, I don't see him getting any time next year and hope he gets traded to a team where he can be consistently part of the rotation.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 1, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Looks like Jody is plugging for Korver. Jazz will take him on a one maybe two year deal. Problem is Korver is probably looking for three years. Be surprised if he goes to Nets. Nets have sealed their doom, there is only one basketball and they look to start 5 that intend to hog it. I can just see them trying to take the ball from Williams.

    Jazz are targeting Millsap, one they owe him the respect, two he is their best chance. When it shakes out Jefferson will be in Boston or Dallas. Jazz will be in running but the money will be too much. Spurs are the joker in this game and if Houston is stupid enough to actually sign Howard, the Lakers could get in the act.

    Bottom line Jazz are looking for veterans that can play and blend with the group under contract.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    July 1, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    to I-am-I

    Wouldn't it be hard to play in the dark?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 1, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin:

    You must have missed the part about Jimmer playing only an average of 12 minutes a game since coming into the NBA, meaning his 7 ppg is actually pretty good. A starter usually avaerages about 36-38 minutes per game. At his current points per minute, Jimmer would be averaging over 20 points per game at that rate.

    Another consideration, any player who comes in for only a few minutes at a time almost never has time to get into his normal shooting rhythm, and will almost never perform at his best under those conditions. If you've played competitive sports much, that would be easy for you to understand. Armchair critics are a dime a dozen.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 1, 2013 9:41 a.m.


    "I'm okay with that if I get to watch Jimmer shoot the lights out."

    Ha ha, that's rich...you must have missed the part where Jimmer averages 7 ppg on 38% shooting for his pro career.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:38 a.m.


    Hayward is an all-NBA top 15 3pt % shooter and we all know he is an above average defender and he scores double digits and rebounds well for his position. How is that not a starter?

    My guess is the infamous "sources" must have wrote what you read about Hayward not starting. His stats say he certainly is at minimum a starter and if he didn't have to defer/play with the black hole called Jefferson he might be alot better.

    Nobody is saying he is a superstar yet but certainly can hold his own on most starting lineups.

    The Jazz re-sign Jefferson then no doubt they want to win 43-48 games instead of 38-40 next season. Only problem is that you will never win more than that. Signing him is basically acknowledging your team never will be even average defensively and you don't care about anyone else being involved in the offense.

    Sure he is above average on the block and can score when most can't but quite literally his deficiencies negate his abilities not to mention his style kills his teammates abilities.

    Time to see what these young guys can do.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Jimmer. That's the answer! The Jazz, barring a few spectacular occurrences aren't going to make the playoffs this year. I'm okay with that if I get to watch Jimmer shoot the lights out.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    @Kakashi - The Jazz aren't pursuing Korver. The article merely mentioned that he might be going to Brooklyn to play with Deron Williams again. Besides, he wasn't that good while he was here, and has only improved marginally since he's left. Let's spend our money on better prospects.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    the Princess bride the Man in Black said "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something" and I think he, like Andy Grifith was an actor who repeated lines they had read on a paper and perhaps are not as wise as we would like to remember.

    Much as I would like to see the young Jazz take it to the league I hope the admin is having a reality check. As much as Junkyard dog hustles or as high as Jeremy leaps those people will not intimidate others or win games in this league.

    The team still needs someone like Al who scores regardless who is guarding them and do it night in and night out. that is the difference between 12 million annually and 3 million. Much as the Jazz would like to think they can field a team of workers and hustlers and compete that is not the equation in the NBA.

    ESPN reports in a review of the Jazz that Hayward would not start for most NBA teams and he is one of the teams bright lights.

    Hope the Jazz gets some veterans to help the team compete this year.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 1, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    You have to prune the tree in order for the delicate fruit to grow. It is time for the young'uns to take the stage as Andy Griffith would say.

  • King Black Paso Robles, CA
    July 1, 2013 6:38 a.m.


    idk why you dont like OJ Mayo he is a prtty good consistent scorer and a fairly decent defensive player, gets steals, also a good 3 pt shooter as well good at throwing assists and for his size and position gets ok rebounds;;

    Copeland has good ball handling skills for a 6-8 big man who is good at shooting threes and can take his man off the dribble and has a pretty solid inside game.. im not sure about his defense though

    But everyone else on your list is spot on id take Budinger, Carroll and Korver. im not sure about Splitter after seeing how garbage he was in the finals but maybe that was just all the adrenaline of excitment getting to him so id give him a chance as well

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    July 1, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    Korver doesn't play defense at all, that's why he's played for half the teams in the league. I really like Splitter, but I'm not sure how he fits into Utah's plans, unless Kanter and Favors split time. The Jazz are reporting Favors as the four and Kanter as a five, I think they would be better switched. Kanter has the footwork to defens the four, and a untapped outside jumper. Favors is the rim police. Budinger would be a big upgrade for the perimeter, I can't remember is defensive skills, but they would have to be better than Korver. Carroll will be back.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    July 1, 2013 12:47 a.m.

    Please not Tiago Splitter!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 1, 2013 12:31 a.m.

    I dont like OJ Mayo...and i also dont like Copeland...i like Tiago Splitter Budinger Carroll and Korver...and i think those four plus another big would be enough...probably AK and if Raul Neto comes to play...he'd be 3rd PG and we need an experienced PG to backup Trey if we are gunning for him to start...if not...well..just bring back everybody for a year or two...lol