Utah Jazz: Point guard Raul Neto planning on playing in Spain instead of NBA next season

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 19, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Put your Jazz hatred on the bench... he said he's glad he got drafted by the Jazz.

    It's better for the Jazz and for Raul that he spend this year playing in Spain than sitting on a bench in SLC. Many teams have this philosophy for players they see as a future potential but not current NBA ready.

    Too many teams put a player who's not ready for the NBA on the bench... where he has no chance to play or improve. I think the Jazz is doing him a service by letting him play and develop instead of putting him on the bench.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Wow some ruthless posters here... I'll admit that my opinion of Burke changed a little in the summer league--Unfortunately, he's most likely closer to a Jarrett Jack than a Chris Paul. But at least let the guy play a few real NBA games before you decide his fate.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    July 19, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    This is good news...when Burke's proves to be a bust at the end of the year, Neto can come in next year after having another years experience behind him in Spain, rather than sitting on the bench as the Jazz try to make a point guard out of Burke the Bust.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    July 19, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    He's got no choice, if he is not going to play with the Jazz right away is better for him to play in Spain, as long as he does not loose any playing time, better to play in Spain than being in Utah and not playing. Jazz made a mistake getting Burke instead of him. Hope they find room for him next year. Sad for the Jazz.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 19, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Neto's got one year of hard praying ahead of him....praying that the Jazz trade his rights to a real NBA team.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 19, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Raul would love to play in the NBA, he isn't due to the Jazz having another pg in place.

    The Jazz can buy out his contract but they would have to admit they chose Burkes with the wrong pick. They would have to admit that Raul is better prepared to play and it is easier to let him sit in another league for a season.

    Raul picked up the offense and was able to function better than Burkes and "SCORE" The Jazz will avoid a confusion of who is starting by letting Raul play in Spain this season and trade one of them in the offseason.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    Raul Lopez 2.0

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 18, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    @ Denver2Portland
    You're wrong on three counts:
    -The Jazz will be able to re-sign their core-4; within one year they will extend Hayward and Favors for starters
    -Oklahoma City had a good chance to take it all this year but Westbrook got hurt...weren't you following the playoffs closely?
    -Neto has said all along he wants to be on the court this year to develop. Playing lots of minutes in Spain this coming season and then maybe the Worlds next summer will be a great chance for him to further develop before he joins the Jazz in the fall of 2014.

    Have a great year in Spain, Raul.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 18, 2013 9:50 p.m.


    you have great selective reading abilities...lol...Neto had to play next year with his Spanish team because he is under contract...he never mentioned he did not want to play for the Utah Jazz...he wanted to play as soon as possible...plus his Dad is a huge John Stockton fan...

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    He WANTS to play for Utah, Utah will not take him now, did you see the press conference, it was about the other 2 guys, the most intelligent thing to do is play in Spain another year and try to make it to the team after the end of the NBA season.
    Pure point guard he is, but not here,not yet

  • Denver2Portland Denver, CO
    July 18, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    How sad is it that a guy would rather play in Spain than for the Utah Jazz?

    Neto sees the writing on the wall, and he doesn't want anything to do with the Jazz organization.

    To all you who think the Jazz's cute little core 4 or 5 (whatever you want to call it) will stay together, well they won't. The Jazz do not have the money to pay them the big bucks IF they even all develop into decent players. Look at OKC, they had a core four of Durant, Harden, Green, and Westbrook. Obviously that didn't work out. If OKC cannot do it, no way the Jazz can keep it together. The Jazz are simply developing players so that in 1-3 years, teams like Miami, Dallas, Brooklyn, Boston, NY, and Los Angeles type teams can pay them the big bucks to play for real contenders.

    Kansas City Jazz: established 2016