Posted by: Arnell on January 30th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
These are good character players, that fits in the Utah Jazz mold,whose contracts were not extended by their respective teams (Hibbert , 3.7 Million - Indiana Pacers; Batum, 3.2 Million - Portland Blazers) – and, therefore will become Free Agents this upcoming Summer (by July 1st, to be exact). – We can even add Chris Kaman (Center) in the mix, who is currently on his last contract year with the New Orleans Hornets.
Roy Hibbert is 7′2″ Center, 278 lbs, and only 26 years old. Just what the Jazz needs for a Center. According to Hoopshype, “Just huge… Good rebounder… Nice touch around the rim… Works hard… Not explosive, athletic or quick… Has trimmed down and gained mobility, though… Good passer for a big man… Has developed into a top center in the NBA. ”
Attended the Georgetown Prep.
Played college ball at Georgetown from 2004 to 2008.
Selected by the Toronto Raptors as 17th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Draft rights traded to the Indiana Pacers.
Signed with the Indiana Pacers in July 2008.
Named to the All-BEC 2nd Team in 2006.
Named to the BEC All-Tournament Team in 2007.
Named to the All-NCAA East Regional 1st Team in 2007.
Named to the All-BEC 1st Team in 2007 and 2008.
Selected to the All-America 2nd Team in 2008.
Named to the All-Orlando Pro Summer League 1st Team in 2009.
Member of the Jamaican National Team.
Nicolas Batum is 6′8″ Small Forward, 200 lbs., and only 24 years old. Just what the Jazz needs for a Small Forward. According to Hoopshype.com, “ impressive athlete with incredible wingspan… Must add bulk… Still inconsistent.”
Grew up with Le Mans (France).
Selected by the Houston Rockets as 25th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Draft rights traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in July 2008.
Signed with Nancy (France) in August 2011.
Won the gold medal at the Under 16 European Championship with the French National Team in 2004.
Won the French League and Cup with Le Mans in 2006.
Won the Albert Schweitzer tournament with the French National Team in 2006. Named MVP.
Won the gold medal at the Under 18 European Championship with the French National Team in 2006.
Played at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2007.
Won the bronze medal at the Under 19 World Championship with the French National Team in 2007.
Selected to the French League All-Star Game in 2008.
Won the silver medal at the European Championship with the French National Team in 2011.
Won the French Supercup with Nancy in 2011.
Son of former pro basketball player Henry Batum.
I am hoping that we get either or both players and KOC will use the monies he saved from the Okur trade as well as some from the DWill trade, also Harpring’s to make sure that we have the needed key players for a championship.
What do you think, guys? Go Jazz ! ! !
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