Utah Jazz: Jazz forward Richard Jefferson wants to play for title contender, says he's a 'gun for hire'

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  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    I don't blame him for wanting to play for a championship team at this stage of his career but how stupid was he for publicly saying it? With that knowledge Corbin will be equally as stupid if he wastes any minutes on him.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Jefferson is old. The Jazz won't get a first round pick for him, especially this year.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    I think most fans would agree to let him go anytime. Burks should have started in his place a long time ago.. Trade him for Jimmer, Thompson, and a pick..

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    He was a "hired gun" for San Antonio. My guess is Popvich decided that was not working out to well which is why he got shipped out.

    Can't say I blame Jefferson though for wanting to win now as his career is ending.

    If we could unload him for a decent draft pick and an asset we wanted on contract it might be worth looking into.

    Its not like him being here or not being here is going to matter a hill of beans to the future of this team.

    I think Richard sees himself in somewhat of an inflated view but that would not surprise anyone about an NBA player with that problem would it?

    Alec Burks is ready to take Jeffersons spot anyways. More minutes for the young guys.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    When I lived in San Diego, near LA and near Seattle, Jazz fan were noted for being among the most knowledgeable in the league. My, how things have changed.

    If Jefferson is traded, the Jazz have to take something of approximately equal value in return. Second round picks won't do it. Jefferson is in the last year of his contract which creates cap space for the Jazz if they don't trade him. If they do trade him, they probably have to take someone back whose contract is not over at the end of the year so they lose that cap space.

    The Jazz don't need cap space to sign a top free agent (although I know that is still the dream of many fans) but they need the cap space to retain Hayward, to extend Burks and Kanter, and to sign their first round draft choices without going over the cap. If they are playing to lose, then they not only want to stay under the $72M penalty cap but also under the $55M-ish cap that makes them revenue receivers.

    When did emotion replace thinking for Jazz fans?

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Jazz should move Jefferson before the deadline for second round picks.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    Meh he won't win anything couldn't win against Duke(which I loved) why would he win an NBA ring?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 20, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Richard Jefferson is in a very different position than the core of young Jazz players who have time to be part of rebuilding Utah into a championship contender again. Realistically Jefferson may not be able to play in the NBA for more than a couple of years. I wish him well wherever he goes.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Smart move Jefferson. Bite the hand that feeds you. Management should start shopping him now and cut the strings before he poisons the younger team members attitudes.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    I take no issue with Jefferson's comments. I don't blame him at all at this juncture in his career and how teams so readily trade or cut players.

    GO UTES!!

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Who doesn't want to play for a title contender?

    Why doesn't he be a key player to make the Jazz a title contender?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Ah yes, another Jazz player who is so enamored with the Jazz ownership, coaching staff, and living in Utah that he wants to stay here for the rest of his career. Oh wait....

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Jefferson has seemed like a class act since being here but let's face it, he is lucky to be getting this chance to play big minutes. With his "gun for hire" attitude however I say let's accommodate him right now and trade him to a bad team for their first round draft pick next year. It could be attractive for another team too because he has a big contract that is coming off the books after this year that will free up money to sign free agents next year.

    Another positive for the Jazz that is developing is the pick in next years draft from Golden State. Golden State was picked to be one of the top teams in the West this year which would mean the draft pick would be at the end of the first round. Last night they lost at home to the Spurs who played without Duncan, Parker, or Ginobili. They are 14-13 right now and not on the playoff picture which puts them into the lottery if things stay this way. More lottery picks in next years draft is awesome.

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    Dec. 20, 2013 1:21 a.m.

    He is welcome. I feel mgmt should trade if anything (picks?) nice is offered for him. He might think highly of himself but he is too inconsistent to be of too much value to the jazz team right now.