Comments on: Could The Jazz Be Winners Next Season? http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:32:36 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Aaron http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-88869 Fri, 30 May 2014 20:15:08 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-88869 Winners next season? In the Western Conference? No. Even if we somehow make a deal that lands us Jabari or Wiggins, 35 wins next season should make any Jazz fan ecstatic.

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By: Aaron http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-88866 Fri, 30 May 2014 20:13:27 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-88866 I think players not wanting to play here gets overblown. Sure, we’re not going to be in the running for LeBron, but only a few teams were even under consideration. Love is sick of Minnesota because of the losing, not the town. He’s actually been a pretty good company man, all things considered. There are a handful of players who don’t want to play in Utah, but remember: the Jazz rarely lose a top-tier free agent. I suspect if you ask Favors or Trey or any of our current players that they’d mostly say SLC has its charms and that any desire to be closer to home or in a bigger media market is offset by getting paid millions of dollars and living in the Rockies and having a reasonable cost of living.

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By: Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-87975 Fri, 30 May 2014 05:09:31 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-87975 Lindsey is going for a star, and fast. First he’ll try to pry a top pick out of Milwaukee, Philly, and Cleveland in the draft. If that doesn’t work, then he’ll take his current assets and trade for an established player. That could happen on draft night, or in free agency in a sign n’ trade with Hayward.
I figure that there will be a bust in the top 3, because this draft class compares with 2009 and 2008. Hasheem Thabeet or Michael Beasley will be overhyped again. And the Jazz could very well get a franchise player at number five. Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Steph Curry, and DeMar DeRozan were within reach of number 5. I predict the Jazz move up to #2 by trading their 5th, 23rd, and 35th picks, or else they stay put with all their picks and get a franchise player.

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By: Jake http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-84709 Tue, 27 May 2014 23:05:32 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-84709 Thanks for the write-up Denim. Honestly I do have faith that Dennis Lindsey has a viable plan for the Jazz to return to playoff contention, but when I look out at the crop of free agents, and knowing the Jazz history on the free agent market, it seems unlikely that we would get a franchise player out of any packaged deal we could put together.

I don’t see Love wanting to sign here long term, even if that meant competing for a good playoff spot with a talented young core. Also, I’m not sure Love can be the best player on your team and lead you to a championship. That really narrows what a true “Franchise” player is in my mind. The biggest free agent deals the Jazz pulled off in free agency in recent years would be Boozer (sorry Jazz fans, but it’s true), Okur, and Big Al Jefferson. While all three were good to very good players, they weren’t franchise guys.

All of our other top talents have always been drafted (to my knowledge). From Dantley, Griffith, Stockton and Malone, to Kirilenko and Deron Williams, our “franchise” guys have come from the building in the draft.

I would like to believe players enjoy playing in Utah once they’re here, and that the reality is far better than the expectation, but Utah doesn’t exactly sound like lots of fun for young players that want to live an “exciting” lifestyle. They don’t always put playing for a well-run organization at the top of their lists when they are preparing for free-agency. I mean Utah has a fantastic track record for playing winning ball and competing for the playoffs most years. 0 championships sucks, but we had the opportunity twice and several conference finals appearances, even as recently as the 2000’s.

What I’m trying to say here is Lindsey has a ton of assets to try to make a deal, but I’m not optimistic that a deal for an instant franchise guy is even a possibility. I’m a patient person, and honestly I’d rather draft the best possible talent available at #5 or try to move up if possible to get the Jazz 1st or 2nd options on draft night. It would mean more losing for at least one more season, but franchise defining players don’t come along very often and this draft may possess a few of them.

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By: LKA http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-84705 Tue, 27 May 2014 23:03:28 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-84705 Years ago I would have loved to see the Jazz add players like Barkley, Payton. There was a time they could. But I really can’t think of a vet who would be much better than drafting a young kid and training him. The ones you mentioned where Meh..Would love to have D-Will back except his contract went through the roof…The same with most the other vets. I will trust in Lindsey..

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By: donald http://saltcityhoops.com/could-the-jazz-be-winners-next-season/#comment-84507 Tue, 27 May 2014 20:11:10 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11608#comment-84507 you need more picture. or stats. to much words for me to read.

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