Salt City Hoops » Andy Larsen http://saltcityhoops.com The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:09:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Salt City Hoops no The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Salt City Hoops » Andy Larsen http://saltcityhoops.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://saltcityhoops.com FIBA World Cup 2014 – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/fiba-world-cup-2014-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/fiba-world-cup-2014-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:20:13 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12835 Author information
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How does Dante Exum play with players older than himself? (Photo by Michael J. Le Brecht II/NBAE via Getty Images)

On this week’s episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about the FIBA World Cup thus far. We lead off by talking about Team USA’s performance… while they’ve won all of their games with large margins, they haven’t looked impressive at times. How good is this Team USA? Then, we break down the Jazz players: Ante Tomic, Raul Neto, Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert and how they’ve looked in their tournament play. Finally, as always, it’s Crazy Trade Idea of the Week time: The Jazz get Jabari Parker! All that and more on this week’s podcast.

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/fiba-world-cup-2014-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 0 On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about the FIBA World Cup thus far. We lead off by talking about Team USA's performance... while they've won all of their games with large margins, they haven't looked impressive at times. On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about the FIBA World Cup thus far. We lead off by talking about Team USA's performance... while they've won all of their games with large margins, they haven't looked impressive at times. How good is this Team USA? Then, we break down the Jazz players: Ante Tomic, Raul Neto, Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert and how they've looked in their tournament play. Finally, as always, it's Crazy Trade Idea of the Week time: The Jazz get Jabari Parker! All that and more on this week's podcast. Salt City Hoops no 52:48
Rudy Gobert Makes Huge Impression as France Shocks Spain http://saltcityhoops.com/rudy-gobert-makes-huge-impression-as-france-shocks-spain/ http://saltcityhoops.com/rudy-gobert-makes-huge-impression-as-france-shocks-spain/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:44 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12794 Author information
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Gobert dunks in a regular season game in 2013-14. Will he get more playing time this season? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Gobert dunks in a regular season game in 2013-14. Will he get more playing time this season? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won game MVP honors from ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla after a 5 point, 13 rebound performance as France shocked FIBA World Cup hosts Spain. Gobert played the entirety of the 4th quarter for France, and was a big factor in holding Spain to just 9 points in the 4th quarter, garnering 7 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal in that quarter alone.

Overall, Gobert played 23 minutes, the most action he’s seen in any game of the tournament thus far. Previously, Gobert had been averaging just 14 minutes per game, but his defensive performance as France went on the game-defining run forced French coach Vincent Collet to keep Gobert out on the floor.

Like his fellow countrymen, Gobert was proud to upset Spain, saying after the game “Spain had everything to lose. They have great players, but they are still humans.” Impressively, Gobert’s performance came against FIBA’s best backcourt, featuring NBA stars Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka.

Here’s Gobert’s 4th quarter block on Pau Gasol:

And here’s some reaction from around the internet on Gobert’s great game:

 

We’ll have more a more detailed breakdown of Gobert’s game coming soon on Salt City Hoops.

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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A Look at the Retro Jazz – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/a-look-at-the-retro-jazz-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/a-look-at-the-retro-jazz-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:09:23 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12739 Author information
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We talk about Stockton and Malone. The men deserved statues. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

We talk about Stockton and Malone. The men deserved statues. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

On this week’s episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett are joined by Salt City Hoops writer David J. Smith as they discuss the great era of Utah Jazz history. We look at some big questions: how good was that team, analytically? What made John Stockton, Karl Malone, and Jeff Hornacek special? How does their style of basketball hold up today? Could it have been improved upon? Ben even suggests a Crazy Trade Idea of the Week from 1986.

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http://saltcityhoops.com/a-look-at-the-retro-jazz-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 0 On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett are joined by Salt City Hoops writer David J. Smith as they discuss the great era of Utah Jazz history. We look at some big questions: how good was that team, On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett are joined by Salt City Hoops writer David J. Smith as they discuss the great era of Utah Jazz history. We look at some big questions: how good was that team, analytically? What made John Stockton, Karl Malone, and Jeff Hornacek special? How does their style of basketball hold up today? Could it have been improved upon? Ben even suggests a Crazy Trade Idea of the Week from 1986. Salt City Hoops no 47:32
Referee Calls, Stats, and Tendencies – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/referee-calls-stats-and-tendencies-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/referee-calls-stats-and-tendencies-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:54:08 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12681 Author information
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Jazz coach Ty Corbin talks to NBA referee Dick Bavetta during a game. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jazz coach Ty Corbin talks to NBA referee Dick Bavetta during a game. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

On this edition of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about refereeing. Ref decisions make a large impact on every game, but are often written off as a too difficult to control. On the podcast, we talk to two experts who have studied NBA refereeing.

Our first guest is John Ball, proprietor of the @RefAnalytics Twitter account. He published a paper in this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference detailing the differences between certain NBA refs and how they call the game. We talk with him about his findings, and how an NBA team might use the information he found to gain an advantage.

Then, we bring on Brett Crane, better known as @bjcseven to talk about his work charting Jazz games specifically. Are there any referees who are biased for or against the Jazz? Do refs make different calls? And why is Zach Zarba his favorite ref anyway? All that, plus a Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, on this week’s podcast!

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/referee-calls-stats-and-tendencies-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 0 On this edition of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about refereeing. Ref decisions make a large impact on every game, but are often written off as a too difficult to control. On the podcast, we talk to two experts who have studied NBA refereeing. On this edition of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we talk about refereeing. Ref decisions make a large impact on every game, but are often written off as a too difficult to control. On the podcast, we talk to two experts who have studied NBA refereeing. Our first guest is John Ball, proprietor of the @RefAnalytics Twitter account. He published a paper in this year's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference detailing the differences between certain NBA refs and how they call the game. We talk with him about his findings, and how an NBA team might use the information he found to gain an advantage. Then, we bring on Brett Crane, better known as @bjcseven to talk about his work charting Jazz games specifically. Are there any referees who are biased for or against the Jazz? Do refs make different calls? And why is Zach Zarba his favorite ref anyway? All that, plus a Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, on this week's podcast! Salt City Hoops no 50:14
Offseason Grades – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/offseason-grades-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/offseason-grades-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:42:06 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12633 Author information
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Rodney Hood was a big acquisition for the Jazz this offseason. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rodney Hood was a big acquisition for the Jazz this offseason. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

On this week’s episode, we invite members from around the Jazz community to share their A-F grades of the Jazz’s offseason thus far. We’re joined by:

  • Laura Thompson, writer for Salt City Hoops, can be found @hoopslaureate on Twitter.
  • Jon Oglesby, who covers the Jazz for KSL.com and is the voice of University of Utah baseball, softball, and volleyball.
  • Jimbo Rudding, new mailbag host for Salt City Hoops, host of the Utah Jazz Podcast, and owner of the fantastic @JimboRudding account.
  • Trevor Allen, ESPN700 Producer and @ESPN700Trevor on Twitter.
  • And Clark Schmutz, writer for SLCDunk and former co-host of the Clark and Andy Show.

After getting their offseason grades, co-host Ben Dowsett and Andy add their own grades. Finally, we wrap up with the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week. This one’s really big: a three team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets, and the Utah Jazz. All that and more on this week’s show!

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/offseason-grades-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 5 On this week's episode, we invite members from around the Jazz community to share their A-F grades of the Jazz's offseason thus far. We're joined by: Laura Thompson, writer for Salt City Hoops, can be found @hoopslaureate on Twitter. Jon Oglesby, On this week's episode, we invite members from around the Jazz community to share their A-F grades of the Jazz's offseason thus far. We're joined by: Laura Thompson, writer for Salt City Hoops, can be found @hoopslaureate on Twitter. Jon Oglesby, who covers the Jazz for KSL.com and is the voice of University of Utah baseball, softball, and volleyball. Jimbo Rudding, new mailbag host for Salt City Hoops, host of the Utah Jazz Podcast, and owner of the fantastic @JimboRudding account. Trevor Allen, ESPN700 Producer and @ESPN700Trevor on Twitter. And Clark Schmutz, writer for SLCDunk and former co-host of the Clark and Andy Show. After getting their offseason grades, co-host Ben Dowsett and Andy add their own grades. Finally, we wrap up with the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week. This one's really big: a three team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets, and the Utah Jazz. All that and more on this week's show! Salt City Hoops no 49:00
The NBA’s Goaltending Leaders http://saltcityhoops.com/the-nbas-goaltending-leaders/ http://saltcityhoops.com/the-nbas-goaltending-leaders/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:43:16 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12584 Author information
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Serge Ibaka blocks Matt Barnes' layup during this season's NBA playoffs. But how often does he goaltend?

Serge Ibaka goes for the block on Tony Parker’s shot during this year’s NBA playoffs. But how often does Ibaka goaltend? (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

Goaltending is awesome.

Basketball players have an unfortunate choice: they can sky above the rim and forcefully reject a shot in a direction of their choosing, or they can meekly hope a shot misses so they may gather the rebound. The former is a remarkable feat limited to only the most athletic and genetically gifted of humans, an artistic feat of animal expression. The latter is a game delay while gravity takes its course. Unfortunately, the rules have chosen to punish goaltending. Lame.

But which players are the most likely to break the goaltending rules? To find out, I used a play-by-play database of the 2013-14 NBA season, acquired using APBRForums’ user kpascual’s NBAscrape Python tool. Essentially, this tool goes to the play-by-play section of every NBA game on NBA.com, and saves the contents to a database to use for whatever kind of basketball analysis you want, including a lot of stuff that wouldn’t be available in the box score. Today, we’re looking at goaltends, because they’re awesome.

In the 2013-14 NBA season, 758 offensive and defensive goaltends took place, or an average of 0.616 goaltends per NBA game. Below is the list of all of the NBA players with more than 10.

Total Goaltend Leaders, 2013-14 season.

Total Goaltending Leaders, 2013-14 season.

We have a tie! Serge Ibaka and Andre Drummond are co-champions of the goaltend, going above and slightly-too-far beyond to protect their team’s rim. While they were often caught, both players had big moments last season during missed goaltending calls. Ibaka had several high-profile goaltends-turned-blocks in the NBA Playoffs (including this one), while Drummond somehow escaped being punished for this:

Both Plumlee brothers finish amongst the top group, and Jazzman Derrick Favors barely makes the list. What about offensive goaltending alone?

2013-14 Offensive Goaltending leaders

2013-14 Offensive Goaltending Leaders

Drummond and Ibaka again top this list, showing that goaltending violations are probably reflective of eagerness, rather than an innate desire to protect the rim. Here’s the list of defensive goaltending leaders:

2013-14 Defensive Goaltending leaders.

2013-14 Defensive Goaltending leaders

At the top: Ibaka and Drummond, but Dwight Howard also goaltends on D quite frequently too. Since this is a Utah Jazz site, I’ll include all of the Utah Jazz’s goaltends last season:

2013-14 Utah Jazz Goaltending

2013-14 Utah Jazz Goaltending

Sadly, the Jazz didn’t go for the style points while losing, goaltending just 23 times last season, an average of only .28 goaltends per game.

If you’d like to look up your favorite team or player’s goaltending data, don’t fret. The whole 2013-14 season of goaltending data is available for download here on Salt City Hoops.

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Jody Genessy On The Beat Writer Life – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/jody-genessy-on-the-beat-writer-life-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/jody-genessy-on-the-beat-writer-life-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:22:40 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12554 Author information
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@jashin_mizuho's great portrait of Jody Genessy (left) and Utah Jazz PR director Jonathan Rinehart (right).

@jashin_mizuho’s great portrait of Jody Genessy (left) and Utah Jazz PR director Jonathan Rinehart (right).

On this week’s episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we interview the Deseret News’ Utah Jazz beat reporter, Jody Genessy, about life as an NBA beat writer. We talk about the long hours and the perks of Marriott status. We also go behind the scenes and find out what it’s like to interview LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and find out who on the Jazz is the best interview. We also talk about our favorite coaches to interview… where do Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, and Doc Rivers rank? All that, plus the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, on this mid-August edition of the Salt City Hoops Podcast!

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/jody-genessy-on-the-beat-writer-life-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 2 On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we interview the Deseret News' Utah Jazz beat reporter, Jody Genessy, about life as an NBA beat writer. We talk about the long hours and the perks of Marriott status. On this week's episode of the Salt City Hoops Podcast, we interview the Deseret News' Utah Jazz beat reporter, Jody Genessy, about life as an NBA beat writer. We talk about the long hours and the perks of Marriott status. We also go behind the scenes and find out what it's like to interview LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and find out who on the Jazz is the best interview. We also talk about our favorite coaches to interview... where do Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, and Doc Rivers rank? All that, plus the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week, on this mid-August edition of the Salt City Hoops Podcast! Salt City Hoops no 50:04
Talking Burks and Kanter Extensions – Salt City Hoops Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/talking-burks-and-kanter-extensions-salt-city-hoops-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/talking-burks-and-kanter-extensions-salt-city-hoops-podcast/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:30:10 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12494 Author information
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On this week’s Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett preview the upcoming extension talks for the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. What are reasonable numbers for each to be extended at, and how likely is an extension for either side? We invite Seth Partnow of Hardwood Paroxysm and the Washington Post to give us a national perspective on reasonable numbers for each. Then, we take on the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week… which might not be so crazy. What if JJ Barea came to play for the Jazz? All that and more on this week’s podcast!

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/talking-burks-and-kanter-extensions-salt-city-hoops-podcast/feed/ 0 On this week's Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett preview the upcoming extension talks for the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. What are reasonable numbers for each to be extended at, On this week's Salt City Hoops Podcast, Andy Larsen and Ben Dowsett preview the upcoming extension talks for the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. What are reasonable numbers for each to be extended at, and how likely is an extension for either side? We invite Seth Partnow of Hardwood Paroxysm and the Washington Post to give us a national perspective on reasonable numbers for each. Then, we take on the Crazy Trade Idea of the Week... which might not be so crazy. What if JJ Barea came to play for the Jazz? All that and more on this week's podcast! Salt City Hoops no 49:05
Why the Utah Jazz Signed Trevor Booker http://saltcityhoops.com/why-the-utah-jazz-signed-trevor-booker/ http://saltcityhoops.com/why-the-utah-jazz-signed-trevor-booker/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:31:53 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12322 Author information
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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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(Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

When looking at their team’s performances last season, one thing Jazz management noticed was a lack of toughness. This came out especially on the defensive end: despite a seemingly capable roster, with a lot of length at nearly all positions, the Jazz finished last in the league on that end of the floor. Especially notable was that the Jazz finished 2nd-worst in the league in forcing turnovers. Not only was the defense bad, but it seemed apathetic.

Trevor Booker, though, is the opposite of apathetic. He’s found his niche by being one of the highest-energy players in the NBA: he’s the guy who will always go after rebounds, will scavenge for loose balls, and fight for every inch against taller big men. Booker knows his role too; when asked what he’ll bring to the team, Booker listed, “Toughness. A lot of energy. Leadership. Experience.”

Booker sells himself short, though, by mentioning just those traits. He’s also sneakily developed a jump shot, one that allowed him to shoot 45% from 10-16 feet and 40% from 16-23. Those stats don’t sound impressive, but his 10-16 feet percentage would have been the best on the Jazz last season, and he would have been 3rd from 16-23 feet. The package makes him a nearly exact compliment to Derrick Favors down low, who has all of the length and athleticism, but not much of a jump-shot and sometimes looks sleepy on defense.

Another one of Booker’s positives: he’s also a good screener. While publicly available stats don’t really tell this story, it’s clear that Booker’s screens help open opportunities for the rest of the offense:

Kemba Walker: "Ouch."

Kemba Walker: “Ouch.”

Indeed, Trevor Booker’s screen is literally featured in the encyclopedia entry for “pick and roll”. His scouting reports and coaches have all mentioned his screening effectiveness as part of his game. Good screening was another facet that the Jazz lacked last season: too often, screens were simply perfunctory displays rather than effective opportunity creators. Booker, as part of an offense, should add some value simply by making new coach Quin Snyder’s plays more effective.

The above positives show why Booker is a good fit for the Jazz on the floor, but it was important that Booker be a good fit for the future plan of the franchise as well. The Jazz largely achieved this by signing Booker to a team-friendly contract, which features the second year as only 250K guaranteed. While most outlets reported the 2 years, $10 million figure, it boils down to a 1 year, $5.25 million dollar commitment from the Jazz. This maintains Utah’s flexibility for next offseason, not trapping unnecessary cap space as they either seek to resign their own free agents (potentially Alec Burks and Enes Kanter), or sign new ones as they push towards contending.

The second-year unguaranteed also makes Booker’s contract very favorable for a potential trade. Just weeks ago, we saw the Jazz take advantage of roughly $3 million dollars in unguaranteed contracts to extract 2 assets from the Cleveland Cavaliers: Carrick Felix and a 2nd round pick. Nearly $5 million dollars could net an even bigger haul, as teams seek to jumble their rosters for next year’s free agent class next summer. Even better, the $5 million amount of year 2 makes it the perfect size to combine with other players to potentially land a star.

Let’s pretend that Dante Exum sets the world on fire next year, with star play from the PG position. If the Jazz chose to, they could package Trey Burke (and his $2.65 million contract) and Trevor Booker’s 5 million for a contract worth up to $11.475 million. Add in Carrick Felix’s unguaranteed contract, and the Jazz could receive salary back up to $12.9 million. It’s not quite enough for a max deal, but such a package would allow them to potentially receive a low-level star from a team that wanted to rebuild. Danilo Gallinari, Demar DeRozan, Larry Sanders, or Marcin Gortat are examples of players that the Jazz might see fit to acquire in this way. It’s a rare contract that actually allows Utah more long-term options than if it had gone unsigned.

It all adds up to a package that made too much sense for the Jazz to pass on. With Booker being able to contribute to the Jazz’s ideal culture in the short term, and actually adding flexibility in the long term, the signing of Booker was a no-brainer.

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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The Salt City Hoops Classic Podcast http://saltcityhoops.com/the-salt-city-hoops-classic-podcast/ http://saltcityhoops.com/the-salt-city-hoops-classic-podcast/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:26:02 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12431 Author information
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Spencer, Justin, Jeff, and Angie get together for a throwback podcast.

Spencer, Justin, Jeff, and Angie get together for a throwback podcast.

In the NBA doldrums of August, we’re kicking it back to 2012 here at Salt City Hoops! This weekend, Salt City Hoops founder Spencer Hall, former SCH contributors Jeff Lind and Justin Davies and newcomer Angie Treasure got together and recorded a podcast to celebrate what once was.  The dream team discusses the “New Gordon Hayward”, the Jazz’s Summer League experience, and much more! Spencer recommends the podcast with his highest endorsement, saying “The sound quality is super poor and the insights are even worse.”

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Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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http://saltcityhoops.com/the-salt-city-hoops-classic-podcast/feed/ 2 In the NBA doldrums of August, we're kicking it back to 2012 here at Salt City Hoops! This weekend, Salt City Hoops founder Spencer Hall, former SCH contributors Jeff Lind and Justin Davies and newcomer Angie Treasure got together and recorded a podcas... In the NBA doldrums of August, we're kicking it back to 2012 here at Salt City Hoops! This weekend, Salt City Hoops founder Spencer Hall, former SCH contributors Jeff Lind and Justin Davies and newcomer Angie Treasure got together and recorded a podcast to celebrate what once was.  The dream team discusses the "New Gordon Hayward", the Jazz's Summer League experience, and much more! Spencer recommends the podcast with his highest endorsement, saying "The sound quality is super poor and the insights are even worse." Salt City Hoops no 46:09