I could see the Jazz targeting Bojan Bogdanovic in free agency. The Jazz could
get almost $23.5 mil. in cap space by trading Korver, Bradley & its 2019 1st
round pick (& cash) to Sacramento for Nemanja Bjelica in a draft day trade;
by waiving Niang; & by waiving Neto. That would probably be enough to sign
Bogdanovic.The Jazz could then fill out its roster by signing Mike
Muscala to its "room" mid-level exception of $4.7; by trading for Brook
Lopez, who Chicago would first sign (at $4 mil.) & trade for the player Utah
chose with its 2019 2nd round pick (& cash)--into the salary cap exception
of almost $4 mil. created by trading Alec Burks to Cleveland for Korver; by
trading Crowder plus future second round picks (& cash) to Phoenix for Kelly
Oubre, Jr. (who Phoenix would first sign to a $12 mil. per year contract) in a
sign & trade; by re-signing Raul Neto (at $1.6 mil.) & Thabo Sefolosha
(at $2.4 mil.) to minimum NBA contracts; & by signing Marquese Chriss to a
minimum NBA contract, of $1.5 mil.2019-2020 team at total salary of
$127.4:PG: Mitchell, Exum, NetoSG: Ingles, O'Neale,
AllenSF: Bogdanovic, Oubre, SefoloshaPF: Favors, Bjelica, ChrissC: Gobert, Muscala, Lopez
Rozier. All players on the Jazz are expendable except Gobert, Mitchell and
Jazz are still looking at Connolly so I am guessing they did not note Ingles
diminished and aged out put this past season then his virtual disappearance in
the playoffs. Jazz need experience but not geriatrics for the team.Pack up Ingles and Exum, Favors can stay as he has figured a way to be
effective in the system. Rubio gets better each year and not many players can
brag of that.Jazz need help for Rudy and Donovan and most of the
bench proved to be pretty ineffective for that, so keep that in mind when and if
the Jazz get a shot at someone or someone’s that can be the difference
I'm with Brian of Ohio! I think the Jazz should go hard after
Julius Randle. He's a man with desire and still hasn't reached his
prime at 24 years old. He can score down low and shoot the 3. I watched a few
Pels games and he was unguardable at times. Here's his stats
for 2018-2019:G Min. FG% 3pt.% FT% REB AST.
PTS. 7330.652.434.473.18.7 3.1 21.4The Jazz should make
a serious push for this guy IMO.
Should the Jazz fail to bring in a star player, Malcolm Brogdon would be a great
consolation prize and might just surprise us all by becoming an even better
player on a team that needs his shooting efficiency.2018-19 Season
Stats – Per Game AveragesRicky Rubio vs Malcolm Brogdon27.9 – – 28.6 – – minutes played45.4%
– – 54.5% – – 2 point shots31.1% – –
42.6% – – 3-point shots85.5% – – 92.8% –
– free throws.5 – – 1 – – offensive
rebounds3.1 – – 3.5 – – defensive rebounds6.1 – – 3.2 – – assists1.3 – – .7
– – steals2.6 – – 1.4 – – turnovers2.6 – – 1.6 – – personal fouls12.7 –
– 15.6 – – pointsMalcolm Brogdon is statistically
a lot more efficient than Rubio in three critical categories: 2-point shots,
3-point shots, and free throws. Ricky does, however, hold the edge in
assists.*Stats courtesy Basketball-Reference.
Im my opinion, none of the 6 FAs mentioned in the article (Brogdon, Harris,
Middleton, Russell, Thompson, Walker) is enough by himself to make much of a
difference. I've tried to consider in terms of # of wins, WC seed, playoff
round achieved, whether any of these guys would make UTA a championship
contender. They don't.Per my previous post, I don't
believe shooting is the Jazz biggest issue. Neither do I believe they need to
make wholesale changes. A few tweaks could make this a 60-win team. Here are
four suggested upgrades to balance skill and cost.PG rotation
(Rubio, Exum, Neto, Allen)Korver (age and athleticism)Stretch Four
(UTA needs one)Backup C (nobody pays $17M for a backup C so this assumes
Favors is gone)I like Brodgon (RFA), Ross (UFA), Gordon or Love
(trade), McGee (UFA) to fill those holes. Even if those exact names aren't
available, other players can provide similar capabilities.Trade away
Favors, Exum, 2019 #1, 2019 #2 for Gordon or Love.Here would be my
target roster:Guards: Mitchell, Brogdon, Rubio backed up by O'Neale,
Neto, AllenWings: Gordon, Ingles, Ross, Crowder, backed up by NiangCenters: Gobert, McGee, Udoh, Bradley
Perimeter shooting is not the Jazz problem. Quit buying into the lie.The top team in the league was SAS at 39.2%. The worst team in the league was
PHO at 32.9%. The Jazz were ranked #10 at 35.6%. That was tied with HOU and
better than such luminaries as MIL (35.3%), DEN (35.1%), and OKC (34.8%).Along with percentage, the other consideration is volume. The top team
in the league was HOU with 45.4 3PA per game. MIL was #2, more than 7 points
lower at 38.2 3PA. The lowest volume team was SAS at 25.3 3PA. The Jazz ranked
#9 at 34.0 3PA, only 0.4 behind GSW and ahead of teams like TOR (33.8), OKC
(32.6), DEN (31.4), POR (30.7), and PHI (30.2).So the Jazz are only
one of only three teams, along with GSW and BOS, than ranked in the top 10 in
both volume and percentage. That doesn't sound like a bad 3-pt shooting
team to me.
What about KD? It will happen.
@Brave Sir Robin What comments? Are you referring to the comments by
Kyle Korver at his exit interview calling Utah a great place with great people
and perfect for families and this is a great place to be for free agents?
@ultragrandpa - If all they need is better shooting, I’ve got just the guy
for them. YouTube “Charlie Newsome 2012” to see the greatest
basketball shooter on earth. He is available and swears he can “help the
Jazz out” and has the coolest nickname - Lightning Scoop Newsome.
My gut feel is that the Jazz already have a budding backcourt star/shooter in
Grayson Allen who might replace Rubio quite well. I really like Favors as a
backup center, the Jazz need a reliable stretch 4 who can rebound, that Crowder
only partially fills against smaller players.
They should use this years 1st round pick and package 2 more future 1st round
picks to move up in the draft if there is somebody that they like and think can
make. immediate impact on the team. They will probably be good enough in the
next 2 years that those future picks shouldn't come back to bite them and
maybe they can find a gem in the draft with a affordable contract for years to
Don't know where some of you folks get their information. Rubio is a
unrestricted free agent. He will sign with whom he pleases and Jazz cannot use
him in a trade. Favors is ok with his role and would like to return. Look at
Snyders comments about Favors. They will not let him just walk. I see them
extending his contract to a three year deal. I hope Kyrie chooses the Nets and
then they might not want to sign Russell. He is friends with Mitchell and would
make a great backcourt. An no they will not just waive Exum. My choices would
be Harris and then Russell.
Julius Randle - I like that option. He certainly has the scoring + is
significantly better at the 3ball than Favors. He might fit in well with Gobert.
I hear DeAngelo Russel is a real possibility too. He is good friends with
Mitchell off the court and also has the same agent as Mitchell. These days
friendship matters.Like most of the commentors, I agree Favors is
awesome as a person. The problem is to get a high caliber guy, we have to give
up a starter - which leaves either Favors or Rubio or Ingles. I see the Jazz
parting with both Rubio and Favors. simply because Rubio was hurt by the mid
season trade attempt and Favors isn't happy with his minutes and role on
the team. At this point draft picks are worthless if you don't get good
enough to keep Mitchell. So you send 1 guy plus a 1st round for a top player on
the trade market. Then you send the other guy plus a reserve for a second
through trade or let them go if you can pick the other up on the market. Finally
get a bench guy on Free agency. Easy right:)Crowder is not a great
shooter, but I view him almost like the Draymond Green of the Jazz. He brings a
toughness to the team that they need.
Hopefully none of these FAs have been reading the headlines about Jazz fans.
Why does everyone talk of trading Favors and never Crowder? I've never
seen a bigger gunner who can't hit his shots. A 33% triple average
doesn't cut it in today's game & he throws up several per game.
Package Crowder Rubio & Exum for an elite player with a year left on his
deal & let 'er rip!
"I like Favors. He is a great person. I say keep Favors and let the chips
fall where they will."Agreed!!Someone down the list
said something about "a healthy Exum." What's one of those???Jazz need shooting, that's all. Shooting. Better shooters. Can the
current roster simply learn to shoot better? All they had to do was shoot
3-pointers at league-average pace and I believe they'd have beat Houston
rather handily and then given Golden State - as they have done for a couple of
years now - a run for their money. Better shooting = championship caliber
Julius Randle from New Orleans has a player option, and with the team looking to
draft Zion Williamson with the newly acquired #1 pick, his role will be reduced.
He will likely opt out and test the market as he is highly underpaid for a
They won’t sign anyone of consequence
Beverly is their best chance at upgrading the team. However I do like the idea
of signing Terry Rozier to a contract that Boston won't want to match if
Irving stays in Boston. And if Irving doesn't stay in Boston, make Boston
pay to keep Rozier. A little revenge on the Hayward deal and if Boston
doesn't bite, Rozier knows how to play in a system and isn't a ball
Unfortunately for us, elite Free Agents rarely come to Utah.I love
our current team even though they might not win it all, they are fun to watch
and fun to root for. I am entertained and that is what I pay for.I
like Favors. He is a great person. I say keep Favors and let the chips fall
where they will.
Even if they won the championship they would never be able to sign one.
Here's a list of more realistic prospects, all upcoming free agents, all
very good 3-pt shooters, all likely affordable:T. Ross, P. Beverly, D.
Collison, B. Bogdanovic, M. Brogdon, and N. Mirotic.
One point guard I have thought about a little bit that could be available is
Terry Rozier. Curious what others think about him as a prospect? He excelled
when Kyrie was out last year. He played his role this year. He has been fairly
forthright in speaking out at the end of this year also. He is ambitious which
I feel is a good thing as long as it stays positive. Would he be a good team
guy? (and if it causes the celtics pain I am ok with that too)I feel
that Tobias Harris is the best shot for a high level player for the Jazz. From
there they would need to fill the point. That will require someone at less than
max. Middleton would be a good option as well. Without question,
the Jazz have to go after a serious player this off season. Then they will have
to adapt with players to fill in gaps. This will be an interesting off season.
Speculation is fun, for sure, but the Jazz have had great success with the
draft, especially when they can trade up. Maybe Denver will make another trade
with the jazz,(LOL)? The Jazz do have great chemistry right now, and messing
with that is dangerous.
Out of those options, I think Thompson and Walker are the least preferable.
Thompson forces Mitchell into the point which I don't know if he could do
for an entire season. Walker is a high volume guy, I don't know if he makes
Mitchell better or would make the Jazz into an Iso team.Going
through the history book, a great option would be someone like a Tony Parker.
Someone capable of scoring and creating space through the drive, willing to pass
the ball to open shooters, but also descent enough of a shooter he can hit the
3. (Basically just an upgrade of Rubio). Conley of the Grizzlies is just about
that. He shoots 4 or 5 % better from 3, same assist ratio, more of a scorer, and
same rebounder. The question is "is his extra salary worth the added
percentage shooting and 10 points a game.I also like trading for
Mirotic. He was relegated to a role player with Milwaukee and a sign and trade
with them for Favors could work out for both teams. Milwaukee might benefit from
a versatile center/PW like Favors as their 6th man.Move on from
Rubio and Favors, pick up Mirotic and Conley, but to get both we likely would
need a healthy productive Exum to trade.
I don't care who... just get a player with high caliber scoring,
complimentary with Mitchell and Gobert's playing style together.
That's what I'd like to see it happening.
I like Middleton, Harris, Thompson, but I don't see that happening. Russel
doesn't seem to fit the Jazz personality. Walker might consider the Jazz,
but will want the #1 option, and are the Jazz willing to push Mitchell to the
second option. Brogdon, I'm not as high on as the others.
I think any of these six would be a great addition to the Jazz. I suspect the
Jazz may also pursue someone via trade.