28 May 2012
29 teams and 29 trades PART IPART II
It is not often that you get a 10,000 word post, especially about the Utah Jazz. Peter does a fantastic job with this post. It also kept the conversation going. You can follow Peter on twitter to argue or agree with any of the trades.
Are old-school Jazz the blueprint for Popovich's Spurs? BY Jim Burton
Yes, Yes they are. Take two great players (Malone and Stockton), add a pretty good third player(Hornacek, Bailey) and then sprinkle in guys that play their role when asked upon. It is very easy to see the similarty between the current Spurs "model" and the Jazz model from 85-99. The only difference is that we ran into Michael Jordan, that is it.
CJ MILES FOLLOWS UP WATSON
Cohen: Some Proposed Deals That Seem to Make Sense Follow Josh Cohen on Twitter
While it’s generally unwarranted to insinuate a team has “excess” size, in Utah’s case, it may actually be true.
As currently constructed, the Jazz have to be creative in finding ways to spread minutes around to Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
While all that depth down low helped Utah advance to the playoffs this season, its glaring flaw is perimeter deficiency. The Jazz just simply do not have a player who can score in isolation and persistently attack the rim. They also lack outside shooting.
Joe Johnson, who some argue is one of the more overpaid players in the league after signing that mega contract in 2010, would solve all these problems.
In spite of some statistical reduction the past two seasons, Johnson remains one of the elite shooting guards in the NBA.
The Hawks, on the other hand, would probably love to exterminate the nearly $90 million remaining on Johnson’s deal from their own payroll.
Utah’s Jefferson, who enjoyed a very productive 2011-12 season, is about to enter the final year of his contract worth $15 million. The Jazz have to decide if they are willing to make Big Al their franchise player or shift their attention to helping Kanter and Favors blossom.
Jefferson would give Atlanta tremendous size up front and would offer the Hawks financial flexibility next summer. Pairing Jefferson with Al Horford in the paint would be very menacing in an undersized Eastern Conference.
Recently, Raja Bell blasted Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin by describing him as “unprofessional” and called the relationship irreparable. It would only make sense for Bell to be included in this proposed deal to match up the incoming salaries.
We all know that Raja is done, we have been saying it on the podcast for months, but do we want to take on the rest of Johnson's contract. I think a lot of what we do trade wise depends on whether or not we finalize a deal with GS not to move up.
Sixers "fans" want Kanter A lineup of Harris, Hayward, and Iggy would be a fantastic.
I don't agree with this one.
Sunday Syncopation From SLCDUNK's Amar.
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