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2012 NBA Offseason: Utah Jazz

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Utah Jazz (Last Year: 36-30)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

47. Kevin Murphy, G, Tennessee Tech: A+ Grade
I had Murphy mocked to the Jazz for a while since the team needs depth and shooting on the wing; this is a solid pick.

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Rosa 01-05-2014 04:02 am (total posts: 1)
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I love Sandra's blog, I really do. But I also love how evnoyree is rushing to defend and console Sandra rather than the Native Americans/Indians who have been/may have been offended by this. Here's a good quote for this: "But seriously, shouldn't the estimation of whether such acts constitute an honorable, respectful "tribute" be left to the supposed honorees?"
@Harry 06-15-2013 10:56 pm (total posts: 2)
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Stern would've vetoed that fast than you can say "bounty"
Pelicans fan 06-13-2013 01:57 pm (total posts: 2)
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I have a solution for Walt's listed needs
PG:go for Brandon Jennings
SG:go for OJ Mayo
PF/C depth:draft Tony Mitchell and a project center
BRANDO 06-19-2012 04:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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I hate to say it, but we need to trade at least Milsap. We also need to sign a point guard to push Harris to play at high level consistantly. Hopefully we get a couple of decent 2/3's in the offseason as well. All the young guys should improve tremendously over the summer. Keep Carroll for sure though.
Chyna 09-27-2011 06:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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Gee willirkes, that's such a great post!
jason 09-12-2011 11:44 am (total posts: 1)
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trade milly to toronto, jefferson to cavs for there 2012 first round draft.
harry15 06-29-2011 02:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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how about trading
Devin Harris(he's not really a franchise point guard)
Big Al
Paul Millsap to the hornets for Cp3 and Emeka Okafor
Jazz get a top five point guard and a Good Young Center
Hornets have their frontcourt set and an Okay point guard, possibly a couple of draft picks.
jlee1533 06-27-2011 05:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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Sorry Jake, but that's a terrible trade for the Jazz. Why is everyone wanting to get rid of one of the bigs now? Did people say that about the Lakers when they had Pau, Bynum, and Odom?
Okur - Trade
AK47 - Cut
Fez - FA...don't resign
Elson - FA...don't resign
The frontcourt could be Big Al, Kanter, Millsap, and Evans. Use the Okur trade to go out and get a shooter.
Jake 06-24-2011 07:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Millsap to Detroit for Hamilton and some change.
Sean 06-23-2011 09:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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Utah now has one of the best young cores in the league, and if they can turn their veteran bigs (Or any veteran players, really) into a PG, their lineup could be something else in a few years.

Burcs, Hayward, Favors and Kanter... How many other teams have that much young talent?
Daniel 06-23-2011 08:48 pm (total posts: 2)
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Gonna have rookie and second year players that start at the 2, 3, 4, and 5 spots.

Presuming Burks wins the starting spot over Bell
Daniel 06-23-2011 07:59 pm (total posts: 2)
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The question is what do the Miami Heat have that we would want for Okur?

Possibly Chalmers and Mike Miller?
The Sex Cannon 06-23-2011 07:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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Chuck Norris + Jesus Christ = Enes Kanter
Mike 06-23-2011 06:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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With Kanter, Jefferson, Okur, Favors, and Millsap (I also think Jeremy Evans has some value off the bench) in the frontcourt, the Jazz have to pull off a trade or 2 to free up some rotation time for the young guys. Okur is in the last year of his deal, so I could see his expiring contract shipped out. Favors is the future at 4, so Millsap is the next most likely to be traded.
Walter 06-21-2011 05:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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First comment... we're going to have comment boards like this all over the site soon. We're still working out the kinks, so this is not the finished product.

2011-12 Season Summary:
After a one year absence from the postseason, the Utah Jazz were able to mesh a combination of veterans and promising, young players to earn the eighth playoff spot in the West. It was a quick trip to the playoffs though as the team was swept in the first round by the Spurs.

Most teams would be envious of Utah's frontcourt. The starting duo of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap combined to average about 36 points and 18 rebounds per game. The future is bright behind them with former lottery picks Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter providing a ton of size, skill, and potential to perhaps eventually replace Jefferson and Millsap. Favors showed steady improvement in his second season while Kanter was somewhat underwhelming. The Jazz may have also found a diamond in the rough in former first-round castoff DeMarre Carroll, who brought solid energy off the bench.

The issue for Utah came in the backcourt where Devin Harris digressed in his first full season with the Jazz, failing to come even close to contributing at the high level that Deron Williams brought to the floor. Making matters even worse, the backup point guards (Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley) did not provide head coach Tyrone Corbin with much help off the bench.

The play on the wing wasn't much better as Utah lacked a true go-to perimeter scorer who could make things happen on his own. Starting shooting guard Raja Bell ended up in the doghouse, not playing a single minute in the postseason and declaring Corbin unprofessional. He went on to claim their damaged relationship was irreparable. With Bell glued to the bench, that meant expanded roles for rookie Alec Burks, C.J. Miles, and Josh Howard who as a trio, were average at best. Gordon Hayward was a bright spot and improved relative to his rookie season.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Al Jefferson/Enes Kanter

PF: Paul Millsap/Derrick Favors

SF: Gordon Hayward/DeMarre Carroll/*Jeremy Evans

SG: Alec Burks/Raja Bell

PG: Devin Harris/Earl Watson/#Jamaal Tinsley

NBA Free Agents:

SF-Josh Howard (UFA)

G/F-C.J. Miles (UFA)

PG-Blake Ahearn (UFA)

#PG-Jamaal Tinsley (TO)

*F-Jeremy Evans (RFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $53.7 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Wing Depth: With Raja Bell almost certain to not return and C.J. Miles and Josh Howard free agents, Utah enters the offseason with only former lottery picks Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks as perimeter players under contract. Hayward has proven to be a capable starter at the NBA level, and Burks still has plenty of room to develop.

However, the Jazz needs a couple of veterans who can step in right away and play quality minutes. Ideally, finding a shooter and someone who can get to the basket would be the ideal situation, but that won't be easy to accomplish since the team doesn't have a lot of money to spend in free agency.

2. Point Guard: To put it bluntly: Devin Harris is NOT the point guard of the future for the Jazz unless he has a major bounce back year in 2012-13. Utah had unfortunate luck and ended up with zero first-round draft picks, so finding a replacement may not come until next summer. Unless the team is willing to spend all its cap space on a suitable upgrade, which would be a mistake since given its limited cap space, the Jazz should focus on adding a better backup.

3. Trade Exception: Here's a bright spot to Utah's lack of cap space: it still owns a $10.9 million trade exception from the deal prior to this season that sent Mehmet Okur to the Nets that doesn't expire until December. Finding a trade partner with for the exception won't be an easy task unless some team is willing to dump salary or the Jazz are open to trading one of its future first-rounders.

4. Patience: Utah's roster features four lottery picks from the past two seasons. Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward continue to develop and should be valuable pieces for the future, while Enes Kanter and Alec Burks will look to build off so-so rookie campaigns. With that type of young talent, the future is bright, though it may take another couple of years before that quartet is ready to take over major roles.

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