The next step: What do the Utah Jazz need to do this offseason to improve?

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  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    May 17, 2018 5:38 a.m.

    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.

  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    May 16, 2018 4:22 p.m.

    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 China.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    May 16, 2018 2:31 p.m.

    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.

  • rschase Washington, UT
    May 16, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    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 to them.

  • mdp Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    Looking at the last games, learning how to make layups and throwing up fewer bricks might help?

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 15, 2018 11:09 p.m.

    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.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    May 15, 2018 11:05 p.m.

    Sign LeBron...

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 15, 2018 10:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    May 15, 2018 8:08 p.m.

    Jimmer time. There is no question that the guy can score (no eye roll).

  • CJL2020 Provo, UT
    May 15, 2018 7:58 p.m.

    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.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 15, 2018 7:34 p.m.

    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.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    May 15, 2018 7:13 p.m.

    Jimmer, Jimmer, Jimmer, . . .

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    May 15, 2018 5:24 p.m.

    Please keep Favors. High character, good player. They are rare.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    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

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 15, 2018 12:51 p.m.

    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).

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 15, 2018 12:02 p.m.

    @Shaun

    "Paul George is not the answer"

    But apparently Jimmer is, according to certain other posters. *eye roll*

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    Paul George is not the answer

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    May 15, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    May 15, 2018 10:20 a.m.

    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.

  • gadiantonchief Bountiful, UT
    May 15, 2018 10:17 a.m.

    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.