Old Basketball.......If the Jazz were wanting to be a championship type
team, they would keep Gobert and Mitchell and maybe Ingles as starters and go
find an upgrade at the PG and PF positions in the starting lineup.
Unfortunately, that would require them to sign two huge contracts in Kemba
Walker and Tobias Harris which won't happen. The best they can hope for is
Grayson Allen morphs into an all-world PG next season and Favors shoots 38% from
three. OK, bad fantasy....next year's team will be the same.
Favors and Rubio were both major contributors to a good year. And both are high
quality guys. I would like to see them both back.
Forget horse trading and the draft- nothing impactful will happen.I
want to see Niang, Mitrou-long, and Bradley on the team and being developed.
The summer league games were eye opening for some of them but it didn't
translate into regular season development. I would like to see Allen come back
as a solid scoring threat too.
The article says that Lindsey has done well drafting late in the first round but
only mentions Rodney Hood who was traded to Cleveland and then traded by the
Cavs to Portland where he plays sparingly. I was watching that draft and all of
the commentators said that Hood was the best available player still on the
board. That pick wasn't a stroke of genius. Who else has Lindsey come up
with late in the first round? Until he really manages to really get a great
pick, sign a big time free agent or pull of a blockbuster trade, I still say he
is just a very average GM. All we have to show for his 7 years of draft picks is
Gobert and Mitchell. Plus he managed to let Hayward get away after the Jazz had
spent years developing him. And if anyone thinks we are a better team without
Hayward, they don't know much about basketball. So that means a net gain
of one player in 7 years of draft picks. What kind of a track record is that?
Wow, I am so pumped for the off-season. I've always been an NBA Draft
junkie regardless of where the Jazz pick. I am actually pretty stoked to see
what the Jazz do with the 23rd Pick, because as was stated in the article,
Lindsey does well with late picks. If I was management I would draft a PG and
trade Exum somewhere else. I do want Favors to be back. Rubio however, I
wouldn't mind seeing him go. He's a good guy and a decent player, but
also wildly inconsistent. Summer League should be interesting to see how some of
our younger guys have improved and changed their game. I think the Jazz should
guarantee Neto's contract and Korver's contract as well, should he
choose to come back. Hopefully, the Jazz can find a way to land a big name free
agent and keep Favors. The only way I see this is to trade Exum somewhere for a
2nd Rounder and a salary dump type of player. Go Jazz!
There are many people who hope Rubio and Favors will be part of the Jazz next
season. We may not be quite as vocal but we're hoping the Jazz management
does everything to keep them. They are both quality players who are an integral
part of the Jazz team.
I would love to be a fly on the wall of the Jazz head offices to see what they
plan to do. I do see most of this team coming back, including Favors, but I
don't see Korver anywhere in the future plans of the Jazz. I also see Exum
being jettisoned some how, as he simply can't (or won't) stay healthy
( I sure wish I could get paid millions for simply limping around). I am not
sure Allen showed enough to stay, but I hope he does get at least one more year.
For being only in his second year, Mitchell appears to still be growing into a
star player, and Gobert has improved his offensive game. As likeable as Rubio
is (and he does lead this team in assists) his offense is great one night and
miserable for the next few games (is that a matter of not being focused?). One
thing is for sure, and that is how the Jazz will not only look for talent, but
for character as well.