Fourth of July surprise! Steve Novak stunned but excited to play for Utah Jazz

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  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 7, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin, Doug10 and CJ Miles...

    There are some people who were born pessimists. Thanks for the reminders.

    Novak was quite recently the #1 three-point shooter (percentage-wise) in the entire NBA. That's rarified air.

    He might play defense in the same general category as Jimmer, but he's 8 inches taller... something difficult to teach. Besides, coach Snyder is a defensive specialist who will undoubtedly improve Novak's defensive presence.

    CJ Miles... PPG is only meaningful if you are a starter who plays most of the game. Otherwise PPM (points per minute) is more meaningful. Based on a 36 minute game (the average time a starter plays), Novak's numbers are actually quite impressive. When he gets more minutes, his PPG will undoubtedly also go up. Take time to look at the entire picture instead of one small corner of it.

    This is genuinely a very good find and get for the Jazz. They have been toward the bottom of the league in field goal shooting and especially the long-ball. This guy helps fill that need greatly. I commend Jazz management for doing their homework and working out a favorable trade.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    "“It was the Fourth of July. I didn’t have any idea that you could get traded on a national holiday,” Novak said"

    Well in fairness one of the two teams involved is Canadian.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 7, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    This trade is a salary dump for Toronto but it gives the Jazz three things: 1. Puts them a little closer to the minimum salary floor. 2. Gives them a back up big man that can score. 3. Be a good example for the young players.

    He can also give a few minutes at the three, four and five.

    Barring injury the Jazz won't bring Diante back. he would command playing time and they don't have any to give.

    The only piece now missing is Hayward. When/if he resigns, barring injury the playing team for 2014/2015 is set, however, if Houston lands a maz player ie Bosh then Parsons and Lin will be up for grabs. A team with Hayward and Parsons on the wings would be exciting to watch and very good.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 7, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    This is a signal that the Jazz are tanking for yet another year. Novak averages 5 points a game. That means he can not average more than one 3 a game. My guess is he gives up way more than 5 points a game with his average/poor defense. It is clear that Jazz do not plan on landing any better than average players this off-season. To take on Novak's 7 million a year for 2 years means that they don't need cap space for the next couple of years to pursue the elite players. At least Kevin would bring in players such as Boozer and AJ who had some upside. Not impressed with new managements way of drafting financially cheap players and acting like they are building for the future. Novak proves this isn't a youth movement.

  • grantterry West Valley City, UT
    July 7, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    He's going to do and fill a shooting gap we have from the outside. We will have alot to cheer about this year! Great young talent that wants to get out and run and score. =Fun to watch!! Happy to see we want to break away from the past way of doing things, and ADJUST to the talent, and skills we've GOT! Let them release that talent-B patient, cheer 4them. And give them signs we're with them and their journey for glory!(Championship) It will take a little more time but the pieces are rounding into place now !! Hear that GH= stay 4-9 or 10 a yr please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Seany T. United State, UT
    July 6, 2014 11:31 p.m.

    If we can get Diante back, that would be great. He was a very good off the bench player and he added a lot of energy. It bums me out that the Jazz got rid of him, but it makes sense if we can sweep him back up after he is waived.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 6, 2014 7:55 p.m.

    Good job Jazz management?

    Where do they find these guys?

    Shoots the three but worse at defense than Jimmer and struggles like Korver to guard a cheerleader.

    I am guessing that the 6 other teams he has been on in the past 7 years are sad to have him leave.

    Watch out OKC and Spurs, the Jazz are on a roll now.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    July 6, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin,

    Apparently he has 7.2 million reasons to show up.

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    July 6, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    A no-show? LOL! He's under contract, and it's a rare NBA player who doesn't understand who's buttering their bread. Based on the quotes in this article, he figured out really quickly why he'd better decide to like Utah and make Utah like him...

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 6, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    Contrary to what's being reported here, social media sites are showing a screen capture of a string of text messages, supposedly between Novak and his brother, that show he is anything but excited to be here. Don't be surprised if he is a no-show.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    July 6, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    The previous article about this trade said the Jazz would not be able to re-sign Garrett until 2015-16.

    July 6, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    The thing that stands out about Novak is definitely his 3-point shooting. Every time I've seen him play, whether it has been against the Jazz or in the playoffs, the guy never misses a 3! This is honestly an outstanding pickup. From reading the article, he's obviously a class act as well.

    Well done, Jazz management!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 6, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    I think Navak will be a good pickup/fit, hopefully he helps Kanter ajust to shooting outside, an offense that spreads the floor and is high tempo should be fun and interesting. Go Jazz, welcome Steve.

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    So is there a chance we could resign Garret ??