Utah Jazz: Ready or not, Jr. Jazz movement is here after draft, trade

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  • jbarr North Ogden, UT
    July 12, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    The Jazz starting 5 is NOT a concern other than maybe PG. Hopefully T.Burke will pick it up fast. The problem area will be our bench. It will be scary when we have Biedrins/Gobert, Rush, Jefferson, Evans & McNeal (or Tinsley?) on the court. No scorers. I project 25-29 wins this year. 30-35 will mean we are doing great in the rebuild project and more then that is just dreaming.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 11, 2013 5:13 p.m.


    you don't build a team on a one way player...Big Al...is and never will be a franchise player...he has the tools and is an excellent player on the block...but much like boozer...a liability on defense...do you think franchise players are only good offensively?...do you think guys that win championships dont play D?...if you are thinking that if you surround a guy like Big Al...would win us a championship...then you are just looking at a 6-8 seed team that will be out in the first or 2nd round...He may get his chance with the bobcats...but they are lacking shooters...


    Rush is a pretty good shooter...but you may have a point that we still lack capable shooters...at least one or two more would be nice...but i have been pulling for the Jazz to get rush...since CJ Miles was still with the team...but i do think we need 1 more PG and at least 1 more deep threat...Alan Anderson and/or Anthony Morrow...i think they still dont have teams yet....for PG there's Udrih and Tinsley...

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    July 11, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    By the end of last season, I was really done watching the team dump the ball to Big Al, scooting over to the opposite side of the court and watching him do his several fakes and then shoot, sometime over two or three players, or Foye or Mo taking way too early or too late in the clock 3pt shots; and then none of these players playing defense on the other side of the court.

    I'm much more excited about this season than last season. I am also ok with a losing record given the experience that the young core 4 will get, which will be needed to properly determine their contract value starting next year for Favors and Hayward and whether to keep them long term. If they struggle, the Jazz get a great lottery pick in one of the best drafts in over a decade! It worked for both OKC and the Spurs. If they surprise and do well, even with their inexperience, then we'll all be happy. Fans have to think more long term than this upcoming season alone.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 11, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    After watching Neto play, I'm convinced the Jazz will try to get him over here this year. He will have to buy his way out of his contract, but that's certainly doable. I was impressed with his "coolness" under pressure and his ability to read the open lanes, make passes, shoot and keep his dribble alive. He's a keeper and is likely to end up playing ahead of Burke, at least in the short term.

  • Long term Kimberly, ID
    July 11, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    Incredible work Dennis. While nobody knows how the young guys will turn out, think of this.

    Without giving up ANY assets of value Dennis drafted the best point guard in the draft (according to him) the defensive center he would have taken at 21, an excellent point in the second round then GOT FIVE DRAFT PICKS FOR TAKING ON EXPIRING CONTRACTS THEY NEEDED TO HAVE ANYWAY!!! That Brandon Rush is a perfect fit is just gravy. The only way to make this better is to have GS just miss the playoffs and win the lottery giving us the first pick. Sweet!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 11, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    The Jazz would be touting their acumen and intelligence if they had acquired a shooter like Foye for a second rounder in the future..they probably should. I wish they had got something so good for so little then I could understand some of the sizzle I read about.

    Somebody mentioned that Jefferson could not win with all the talent Jazz had. Truth be known when Deron was here he told Al he would be an all star and most likely that would have been the case.

    After Deron the pg's that came and went were all concerned about getting their numbers to keep their jobs. Instead of acquiring pieces that can play with Jefferson the Jazz tossed the baby with the bath water.

    I am sure the NBA centers from NY, Boston, Spurs, OK, Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Indiana, NJ etc will respect what Utah is trying to do and take it easy on the team.

    I do see the new pg is struggling in the summer league, can't wait to see how the Jazz expect win with a rookie at the helm. Even Deron who was ahead of burkes had to learn for a year or two.

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    July 11, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    The idea that the Jazz are going to jack up the prices and not try to field a competitive team is laughable. That would not be running it like a business. To get revenue the team must be competitive. This is how to do it - build a team from the ground up rather than plug in washed up vets every offseason. I applaud the Jazz for being willing to go through the growing pains necessary to build a contending team rather than competing for 7-10 in the West.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    July 11, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    A true Jazz fan should like what the Jazz are doing. Wasn't everyone complaining just a few months ago that the young players need more playing time so they can truly develop? Now they have that chance to develop and become stars! Taking this chance is way better than seeking mediocrity in the West like we have been doing the last couple of years. And a shot at a big time player in next years draft is exciting too.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    July 11, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    Brandon Rush has a better career 3 point percentage than Foye.

    The Spurs tanked a season just to get Tim Duncan. Seems like that worked out for them.

    We have potential all stars in Hayward, Favors and Kanter (Burke and Burks are still unproven.)

    Why not let the youth run together and grow. That is exactly what the Thunder did and even though they had 3 losing seasons they are now a top contender every year.

    Dennis Lindsey's move for the 3 Warriors players is being touted by NBA writers as a great off-season move. And everyone knows getting Burke and Gobert was an incredible move.

    The Point is, to all you pesimists out there, just wait, be patient, greatness is on its way!

  • Frankie B St George, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    John, Do you really think being a 41 win team that maybe makes the playoffs to get ousted in the first round is a good idea? The problem with being a middle of the pack team is that it is the worst place to be in the league. The Likelyhood of finding an impact player via the draft is certainly not as high as if you have a high lottery pick. The NBA is about Stars. You have to have a star to win and if we suck this next year as the young guys get experience and then get a star in the stacked 2014 draft, we'll be poised to be a powerhouse team in the west because Hayward, Kanter, and Favors are all going to be very good. The Jury is still out on Burke, Gobert, and Burkes. Personally, I do not want to see us get destroyed by the Spurs again as an 8th seed. I want to actually have a chance. WE don't want to be the Bucks and compete fot the 8th seed just to get killed in the first round. Terrible place to be in the NBA: Middle of the Pack.

  • Frankie B St George, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Brahmabull, Brandon Rush is a 43 Plus career 3 point Shooter. The Average in the NBA is like 34%. Rush is an awesome piece and is an upgrade over Foye because Rush is a legit 6'6.

    Fatman, The Jazz could have kept all those free agents except for Paul Millsap, who wanted to leave beacause he believes he is a starting PF and wants steady minutes. leaving the Jazz was a security move for him. Big Al would have stayed had the Jazz wanted him but the FO knows that Big Al does not win. Even with all the talent on the roster, Big Al, as our number one option, could not get us a playoff win. The FO did not want to be a team fighting for the 8th seed. Plus, the 2014 draft is looking to be the best draft in 11 years and Maybe the Jazz end up landing Jabari Parker who would fit well into the Utah Culture because he is Mormon. AS of Now, ESPN's Chad Ford has him as the 2nd best prospect in the loaded draft.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    @John Wicks

    Larry Miller had Stockton and Malone. Then everyone left and they weren't good. Then they got Deron Williams and they were good again. Just going after the same proven pattern.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 11, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Bring on the Jazz! This is an exciting time and we'll still have a decent season this year. Burke will be the pin that holds the future together. Go Jazz!

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    Larry Miller would fire his son if still alive. At least he tried to put a winning team on the floor. This GM is the laughing stock of the league. Jazz will be lucky to win 20 games this year. Oh well at least I will save money by not buying season tickets.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    July 11, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    You're posting at 5:15am (4:15am my time) and citing the lack of comments as proof that basketball is dead?? Give people time to get up, have a shower, maybe some breakfast, etc. first!

    Yes, it's about winning in the future. The Jazz had two options:
    1. Continue being a 7-10 team in the West
    2. Try for something better by rebuilding

    They chose option 2. You rebuild by acquiring assets and clearing future cap space. They've done very well with that in a very short time. They put themselves in a good position for 2014 which has a much better draft and more, better free agents.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Wow,what a bunch of "the glass is half empty" posters. I've been a Jazz fan since they came from New Orleans and I'm excited about what's going on here. I fully embrace everything management is trying to accomplish. Staying pat meant more years of mediocrity. These changes don't guarantee success, but at least management is showing they are tired of mediocrity too and we're swinging for the fences. Keep it up Jazz brass!

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 11, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    " We needed shooting" - Tell me, Dennis Lindsay, who did the jazz add that will give us shooting? We gave up Foye, and aren't signing Williams. Where is the shootnig?

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    July 11, 2013 5:15 a.m.

    One way to tell that Jazz spirit is nowhere like 'times gone by', is when topics like this have no comments. Sure, it's dead sports season (offseason)+ major sport layoff). And summertime is best served for hangin' with the kids until we can't wait for school to start again. Unless you are into the whole 162 game MLB season.

    But College football is teasing us. It's far enough away to step back a little. Still, the gridiron comment boards can taste the crisp fall air, and they see greater participation than here.

    Remember when basketball used to be king in Utah (not forgetting BYU football)? That said, when people talk about dead crowds at the Hunstman Center, I remind them when I was growing up, the place was at full capacity with standing room only. And that was present long before Majerus came around. Under Jerry Pimm (preceeding Archibald), the then 'Special Events Center' was rockin'.

    Football reigns supreme nowadays. Now BYU fans, I know the Marriott Center still gets big time packed. But when the Cougs were struggling, not long ago, the gym was mellow.

    Football fire burns both ways nowadays. How about the rivalry renewal news?

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2013 4:03 a.m.

    Am I really supposed to believe that this "youth movement" is some carefully crafted strategy of putting together a winning team in a few years? That would be great if only it were true. No, what is really happening here is that Jazz ownership and management still haven't figured out a way to keep the producing talent here once it becomes eligible for free agency. Because of this, they have opted to run the Jazz like a business, with profit maximization (rather than winning) as the primary objective.

    I see ticket prices continuing to rise, and wins continuing to decline, and in a few years when the best of these players have some experience and become eligible for free agency, we will do it all over again.