The Jazz have no need to get fancy and start bringing in former lottery picks
that never played to their potential and were waived by the drafting teams. That
strategy failed badly in the past. Keep the gang together and find a small
athletic forward who can shoot from 15-20 feet. Just don’t blow the 1st
pick on a middling local like Joey Babalou, he sure lite up the Jazz
didn’t he?The real chance to make a move with be next year when Mr
Portzinga becomes a limited free agent. The Lakers and Boston can’t pay
him, in NY it’s constant losing, GM and coaching changes, including the
firing of Horny. Reach for the sun, the mountains, green trees, white winter
snow KP, just like home, bring momma over, she’ll love the place.Jeff has stuck out in NYC and Phoenix, the Jazz need a new assistant, Jeff is
familiar with the Jazz, and having him in Utah may help attract Portzinga, the
guy isn’t a big city guy, he’s from Latvia of all places.
I've never been a fan of Paul George because of the type of personality he
appears to be; however, he would seemingly be an excellent fit for this JAZZ
team as long as he would be a team first player and is interested in competing
for a championship vs breaking the JAZZ bank. Kawhi Leonard would make the JAZZ
better too, but I believe George would be a better overall fit. Additionally, Jabari Parker would make the team better too if he could stay
healthy (along with everyone else!) I love the person Favors is and he had a
pretty good season overall but it seems Coach Q would rather have a more capable
stretch 4 paired with Gobert than the traditional PF. I'm old school and
would rather watch a traditional PF but the fact of the matter is today's
NBA is all about the stretch 4.I have no realistic expectations of
any of those three being interested in becoming JAZZ men but it would be sure be
fun and exciting if any combination of the three could see the potential of the
team to compete for a championship with their addition. Jimmer? Please stop!
He's had his NBA opportunity and has found a nice situation and fit in
I'm putting some faith in Alec Burks this off season, to finally work where
he needs to improve, instead of having to rehab. He was mild surprise in the
playoffs, and may fit as a solid back-up to Ricky Rubio, as well as sixth man.
He may not start, but he may well end up with starter's minutes, if he can
stay as durable as he was this season. And, that's got to be the first
position that I'd want to shore up on this team. Rubio's a great
player, but has his own limitations. He really needs a great backup. I hope and
think that Alec can fill the bill.
Palmetto Bug. Facts, you say? Facts? Give us some stats to backup your opinion.
When Jimmer was given enough minutes (not 5) he scored consistently well. THOSE
are the facts. I suspect you have other non-basketball reasons for dissing him.
The Jazz need a pure scorer like Paul George, and Jimmer is actually available
Looking at the last games, learning how to make layups and throwing up fewer
bricks might help?
If the Jazz can sign John Stockton's kid who has real marginal skills, I
think they could take a chance on Jimmer who can actually put the ball in hoop.
But yes, signing Jimmer is not going to take the Jazz to the title.
If the jazz ever relocate to China Jimmer would be a good fit. Barring that
transoceanic migration, Jimmer's time in the NBA is likely finished.
Everyone is welcomed to their own opinions but not their own facts and the fact
is, he never played well in the NBA.
Jimmer time. There is no question that the guy can score (no eye roll).
As far as internal growth and getting a stretch four it seems like the Jazz just
need to get Joe Ingles level improvement out of Jerebko. Jonas is already the
2nd most accurate 3 point shooter on the team and he already scores about the
same amount of points as Ingles per 36 minutes. On the other hand, if they end
up experimenting with someone like Paul George, I hope they come in on a 1 year
contract like George Hill did so that they can move on quickly if it
doesn't launch us to the top of the pile.
Mirotic was the answer. The Jazz did not want to pay him 12.5 mill. He is 6 ft
10 and really played well for the Pelicans. He signed a two year contract with
New Orleans. He is from Montenegro and anyone from that area has shells in his
memory which are different than looking for sea shells. ----He wanted to play
for the Q Man. He is big and tough as seen from his experience in Chicago. I say
go out and get him. He is expendable because Cousins will be back from his
Achilles issues.---Since Karl Malone, the Jazz have been lacking an enforcer.
Crowder served that purpose this year. However, the article is right. He is just
too inconsistent.---Sadly, Rubio may now be damaged goods. He played really
well. However, he had that serious injury in Minnesota when he tried to take a
charge against Kobe. He wasn't set. I saw the film and the Laker star
legally went knee to knee and the outweighed Spaniard lost.---Kevin McHale,
"Everyone knows his name", commentated in the playoffs last year about
Rudy. He stated that someone needs to work with him on his shooting. Why
hasn't that been done? Either Karl or Kevin or both need to work him all
summer. Recently, Reggie Miller said the same.
Jimmer, Jimmer, Jimmer, . . .
Please keep Favors. High character, good player. They are rare.
29-6 to end the season has to be some kind of a record. Who would have seen that
coming? Certainly not any of the teams above the Jazz in the rankings with 35
games to go. I agree with Dennis Lindsay. We need to try to keep the players we
have, work on free throw shooting, get the injured players back healthy, and do
our due diligence in the draft. Then any success we have in free agency will be
gravy. I am way excited about the Jazz' chances this next year. Go Snyder.
Go Lindsay. Go Jazz
The jazz finished the regular season strong but got whopped pretty handedly by
HOU in round 2. A healthy Rubio might have resulted in another win, but not much
more than that. Relying on internal development isn't likely to be enough
to beat the Rockets/Warriors in the playoffs. The jazz were a good team but will
need more talent to be great. Paul George would be a terrific
addition and I don't get the negative sentiment towards him (aside from
residual resentment from round 1). He spent a season playing with RWB, so he
doesn't need to be the primary option. His usage rate, 25.7, was below
Mitchell's, 29.1, so saying PG is selfish seems hypocritical. Additionally,
he was a great team player on Team USA, so claims of selfishness don't
resonate with me. He can create his own offense, shoots 3s, defends 3
different positions well, and can play PF, all of which the jazz need.
OKC's coach is also objectively bad, so I suspect Snyder could get a lot
more from George than what we saw this season. I'd be shocked
if he signed with the Jazz, but adding him should be enough to legitimately
compete with elite teams next year (GSW, HOU, BOS, and maybe LBJ's team).
@Shaun"Paul George is not the answer"But
apparently Jimmer is, according to certain other posters. *eye roll*
I do not want to see Paul George here. He is too selfish, but I would like to
see Chris Paul here. Sportsman123 missed the Jazz's record after the all
star break. It was not 30-5, but 29-6. But no matter, they actually would have
had as good a season as the Rockets with that production. Also, people forget
that the Jazz were playing without their point guard (Rubio) and Exum through
out most of the playoffs. Plus, they had other players that were injured and
unable to contribute, not to even mention Donovan's playing injured. Even
with those challenges, they still beat the three all stars on the Thunder's
team. With a healthy team, and some unbiased refereeing, the Jazz are very
competitive. I would say, though, that they need to improve in free throw
shooting. They were out shot from the FT line in just about every game this
entire season, and were pathetic in the playoffs.
Paul George is not the answer
Paul George would never end up in Utah, he's a selfish player and requires
to many touches with the ball, he'd be a cancer to this utah team.However, this article states it needs some help from the bench players to
contribute offensively and I can think none other than Jimmer Fredette.
He'd be instant offense off of the bench and he wouldnt be required to
defend the other teams top shooting or point guard - just a thought.
There are not many true power forwards anymore, and if favors leaves the Jazz
would have a hard time finding a fit for Gobert in that position. Favors is a
true post player but is rarely used as one, but he found a way to contribute and
is an excellent weakside help defender, he gives utah a great front court with
Gobert.The Jazz are lacking star power on the offensive side of
things, they definitely need to find scoring help to go with Donavon, where they
find it or if they can find it who knows.One thing is for certain
the Jazz only lost 5 games after their abismal 19-28 start. They ripped off 30
wins to only 5 losses in that stretch beating top teams along the way, if they
start next year where they left off maybe they wont need much help.
The coaches need to work with Exum & Royce to develop their midrange shot
& 3 pt shot so they can be consistent & dependable (and shoot with
confidence). If they can come back after a summer of work & be consistent
scorers in the mid range & 3 pt shot area it will make a big difference and
make life easier on Mitchell & Engles. Gobert needs to develop a hook
shot, he has the mobility, he needs to work to develop a sky hook.
It would be downright shocking if the Jazz stood pat. If they do that,
they'll stand right where they are, 4th-8th in the West. They need Paul
George and, if possible, a stretch 4. Probably can't get both, but nothing
would surprise me in this league. If George wants a championship, he won't
get it at the Lakers for at least 3-4 years. The Jazz are the best fit for him.
If he joined the team, they'd be instant contenders.