Upstill: Utah Jazz need long-term fix at power forward

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  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    June 4, 2018 7:24 p.m.

    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.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    June 2, 2018 10:17 p.m.

    @ Snyder Scowl - Provo, UT

    No 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

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 2, 2018 5:31 p.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 1, 2018 7:26 p.m.

    "I’d try and trade up in the draft and get a shooter." - fortydam

    There 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.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    June 1, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    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 Neto.

  • All teams Utah Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 1, 2018 1:11 p.m.

    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.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 1, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 31, 2018 6:58 p.m.

    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 blk

    Why 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.

  • Snyder Scowl Provo, UT
    May 31, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    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

  • Canneryrow St. George, UT
    May 31, 2018 4:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 31, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    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.

  • cyruszuo LAKE FOREST, CA
    May 31, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    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.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 31, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    Good article, a lot of good points. After reading this, I would have to say go after the player from the Timberwolfs