Morning links: Donovan Mitchell making up for loss of Gordon Hayward; potential Alec Burks trade?

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  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 8:40 p.m.

    Seems like when anyone mentions a trade it is never in the favor of the Jazz. Just because the numbers add up and it might be a player you want I am glad Lindsey is in charge.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 5, 2017 1:26 p.m.

    Burks is back and better. Burks is an all-around offensive threat who is playing better defense now than he was earlier in his career. The Jazz just can't sacrifice offense right now, and Burks can play point in a pinch, too. Although the Jazz would love a small forward who is young and can shoot, if they go for Harkless they are getting an all-around small forward with shooting issues (although last year he shot pretty well). It's telling that Burks could start at SG right now and Mitchell could start at PG, and most fans would probably be ok with that. Harkless's minutes have been cut lately in Portland, although that could change.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 12:52 p.m.

    The Jazz are playing great right now. Let them see what they can do with this roster.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 11:45 a.m.

    I loved Burks in the pre-season and even suggested that the Jazz season may hinge on his performance more than Hood. I was a little red-faced at his performance during the first month of the season. But I'm back on board with him.

    What the Jazz have lacked is an aggressive offensive player like Malone. Ingles, Hood, even Hayward are more analytical and passive. The Jazz needed someone with a killer instinct. Gobert has that instinct, and the athleticism, but not the skill.

    I hoped for one such player to take the offensive reins but Burks and Mitchell have both emerged as aggressive, athletic, skilled, offensive players who are willing to work within a team framework. I think Exum was headed that way before his injury.

    To me, the future of the Jazz guard line is Mitchell, Burks, Exum, and Hood. All except Hood can play both positions. All can score at multiple levels including at the rim. I'd love to see the next 6-8 years with those four players filling the guard slots. In my mind, that could be the best two-deep guard rotation in the league.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Dec. 5, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    "Burks has never been able to live up to his potential in Utah". Well, he is now! Please -- don't trade Alec Burks! Snyder has the ability to move people around so that they can thrive even if they are not playing at their designated position.