Why the Steve Novak trade makes sense for the Utah Jazz

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  • QDiesel SLC, UT
    July 8, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    The Jazz wouldnt pay all star Paul Millsap 10 mil a year but will gladly pay washed up worthless Novak 7 mil a year. Ya that makes alot of sense. Get a clue!

  • JTEJ West Valley CIty, UT
    July 8, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    I always liked Steve Novak, I was hoping the jazz would've drafted him 2006 with the 14th overall pick, but instead they picked a guy who had a very awkward shot and was a decent defender (Ronnie Brewer).
    Novak was a knock down shooter when he came into the NBA and has continued to light it up behind the arc. It's a very nice thing that this guy is 6'10" tall and can hit the long ball at a pretty consistent rate (43%). That's better than Memo and I loved the Money Man. To me it just makes the game fun when you have a big man that can knock down the 3 like most big men hit the 2. To top it off, he's a dead-eye from the free throw line, something the Jazz lacked horribly last year.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    July 8, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Jimmer would be dumb to want to play in Utah, and I don't think he's dumb. Too much fan baggage to deal with, which is also a big reason ownership doesn't want him. If he manages to carve out a nice career going forward, I could see him ending up here in a few years, but that's just speculation. Right now, he'd be nuts to volunteer to deal with both the overexuberant BYU fans and the silly goofs who boo him for no rational reason.

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    @Cj Miles

    And you're any better? I am glad you are no longer on our team

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 5, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    I still remember a line from Scott Wedman, after injuries and age limited his game. He said, "I am able to keep a job in the NBA because I stay in shape, can still shoot a little, and I keep my mouth shut."

    Guys like Novak are partly for practice. Smart guy; experienced; he knows the other players and teams around the league. Especially, he will teach the starters, in scrimmage, why and how they need to defend the 3-ball. And he will keep his ego in check. By the way, he was a pretty good rebounder, in college, when he had PT.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 5, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    For his career he averages 5 points a game. And he is 31 years old. Waste of money. Trust me, when he is in the game, the other team will attack the basket at will. There is no upside to this guy.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 5, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    Per Jody Jazz management want a "veteran presence in the locker room to school the young point guards" which rules out Jimmer. My opinion is that Jimmer would not only help the Jazz on the floor but he would put a spur in the young points to work and play hard.

    My opinion also is that regardless of how good a fellow Lucas may be the young Turks won't pay him enough attention to count.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    July 5, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    another okur, me likes...

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 4, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    The guy shot 97% from the stripe, his senior year in college. His Junior year, I believe, he shot over 50% from 3-point land. If the Jazz were really looking for a shooter, he looks like the guy. Now let me throw this one into the dialogue, just to start trouble: this makes an opening for Jimmer as the third point guard. And everyone's villian, Lucas, can go back home. Sorry Ute fans....I am not LDS and have never been to BYU campus. Nevertheless, I still like Jimmer. I wonder how many Utes would quit going to Jazz games, if Fredette were on the squad?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 4, 2014 7:48 p.m.

    Very few 6'10" players can shoot outside shots as well as this guy can. A great pickup for the Jazz... with a future draft pick thrown in as a bonus.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 4, 2014 6:46 p.m.

    Good pickup and shows what style coach Snyder want to play!!