How does the name Kristaps Porziis hit you? Jabari may not fit in the
Buck's ultimate plans, that doesn't mean Utah has any advantage over
anyone else in signing the man. If Danny Ainge is interested, or Chicago looks
to rebuilt by bringing in Jabari, the competition could get rough.On the
other hand Porzingis is a ridicules rebounder, before his injury he was putting
up 28 and 40 points. Defensively he's a very athletic Mark Eaton, those
long arms are going to alter shots. He's going to be a restricted free
agent, if NYK wants to improve they have to use their assets to find a bunch of
young guys and draft well.New York may be the Big Apple and a great place
to be a sports hero, but the Knicks stink and have for some time, they change
coaches so often the office sign people have to be millionaires. Players
don't care for instability. Would a guy from Latvia find happiness in SLC?
Who knows, it would be nice to find out.
@ Snyder Scowl - Provo, UTNo way Julius Randle can be attained for
"relatively cheap". If he wants to stay with the Lakers, hes gonna have
to pay cut, unless they can't get Paul George or LeBron. Randle had a
breakout season, and will most likely get a max offer
Jazz play team defense, imagine a Jazz defense without Favors, who has been a
stalwart and insert Jabari who is not known for defense. Ouch. Might look good
on paper but different isn’t always better.Jazz lost an
assistant coach, maybe they should work to find a coach that could help Rudy
when he is down low. As the year progressed Rudy was less effective catching or
being on the receiving end of passes inside. Hands of glass, most other teams
were able to strip him of the ball. If he didn’t get a lob he usually
lost the ball.As already mentioned here if Jazz need a scorer they
should get Jimmer, he is a better shot than Jabari costs less and plays the same
defense. Jazz scheme requires defensive play, so DL good luck with your
search.Favors fits.NBA teams are for the most part on
financial ropes. Even though Favors is a defensive beast he is not likely to
get a huge contract. That is great news for the Jazz and it should help their
financial situation.Dante can get better if healthy, he is fearless
on defense, and may yet grow into a Star in the league. Here is hoping he gets
things figured out while a member of the Jazz.
"I’d try and trade up in the draft and get a shooter." -
fortydamThere is a shooter that should be available to the Jazz at
21. His name is Kevin Huerter (Maryland). He is 6'7" tall and is a
dead-eye shooter. He reminds me of a young Gordon Hayward but with a better
outside shot — which he gets up quickly. He's a smart, intelligent
player who would fit in well with the Jazz. His defense is good, but not elite.
He's also rail-thin at 195 pounds.If the Jazz move up in the
draft (Denver's pick I hope), then there are better options, but at 21,
Huerter would be a decent pick.
Parker will never be 100 percent after those injuries. Too much risk. Love is on
the downhill side of his career. I’d try and trade up in the draft and get
a shooter. There are several that fit the four. I hate to say it, I thought I
never would, but signing a real 3 point shooter for the bench. The one playing
in China. See I still didn’t say it. If he signs cheap he could replace
I am so torn on this subject. Favors is a loyal and skilled big man. Can he
improve his 3 point shooting? Not too sure. Are there stretch 4's
available? Yes. However, you have to look at defensive rating just as much as
offence rating. Derrick is a great low post defender. He could maybe play 10
minutes with Rudy on the floor depending on matchups. The other 10 to 15 (giving
Rudy 33 to 38 minutes) he could play center in a small ball roster. And I do
think with coaching and shooting a ton of 3's may help him get to around
30%. That combined with defensive rating could be good enough. Yeah, let's
get LeBron (HIGHLY unlikely, "so you're saying there's a
chance"). Some of the other stretch fours would be a downgrade on defensive
rating in my book. What to do....... I'm intrigued with Parker.
I agree with a previous comment. If Mirotic is available, then go for him. He is
6 ft 10 and 27. He shoots off the dribble and is a very good
rebounder.---Targets such as Parker are interesting. However, he and the others
are restricted free agents. You don't want to mortgage the farm.
---Previous columns have stated that next summer is the big one for free agents.
That now makes sense. Wait until a real good deal comes along.---Favors is
wearing out. He is known to have big man back trouble. He was really great this
year. Even with him back, the Jazz still need a shooting forward. That must be
someone like Mirotic.
Favors might stay, but the chances that any of the other players mentioned would
sign with Utah are slim to none.There is one guy — not
mentioned in Upstill's article — that the Jazz should try and make a
trade for and that's Nikola Mirotic (6'10" - 220 pounds). He is
currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, is a true stretch-four, has one
year left on his contract and would be a great fit for the Jazz.As
I'm sure many of you remember, Nikola expressed a lot of interest in being
traded to Utah prior to being moved from Chicago to New Orleans this past
season.Nikola's stats from last season with the Pelicans.14.6 ppg, 29.1 mp, 52% 2pa, 33.5% 3pa, 81% ft, 1 stl, 1 blkWhy
would New Orleans be willing to trade Nikola?Well, for one thing,
the Pelicans are going to need a "boatload of money" in order to re-sign
DeMarcus Cousins this summer. An extra $12.5 million goes a long way towards
making sure they keep him in New Orleans. Currently, Cousins makes $18 million
per season. But it's going to take somewhere north of $30 million to keep
him.Dumping Nikola Mirotic this summer, provides the Pelicans the
financial cushion they need to keep Cousins.
If the LA Lakers are truly planning to make a run at LeBron James and Paul
George, they're going to have to part with some current pieces, possibly
including power forward Julius Randle. Young, athletic big man was one-time #1
high school recruit in the country and has yet to see his full potential having
been stuck on the worst Laker teams in NBA history.While not much of
a 3pt shooter, Randle has shown the chops to improve that skill (much like Paul
Millsap improved his 3pt shooting later in his career), and is only 23 years old
and should be relatively cheap. Cols be a pretty good option, if LA is indeed
looking to trim their roster
If Jabari Parker and Kevin Love are options then lets get Hood and Hill and
Carlos Boozer back. We would have the best dressed players behind the bench.I'm glad DL and Quin are in charge.
Last year Ricky Rubio only shot 30% from the three-point line for Minnesota.
With Utah he shot 32% before the all-star break and 40% after the break. The
Jazz know how to develop players and my guess is that D-Fav will start making
them too now that it is a point of emphasis. If Derrick wants to
stay, I say we bring him back.
I'm hoping we keep Favors. I think his 3 point shooting will improve, and
consistency of playing together will make the team better.Last year he and
Gobert were much better together than the year before when they couldn't
play together. What a difference a year made! Imagine more of that! It's
what Stockton to Malone was built on.Favors is the winner.LeBron is a fun dream though.It'd be a good winning move for him if
he wants to be in the playoffs next year.
Good article, a lot of good points. After reading this, I would have to say go
after the player from the Timberwolfs