Posted by: Patrick on June 1st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
This year its clear to see we need two main positions filled. The first being PG. Harris is a great Combo Guard, more fitted for the SG position. Bad thing is his price tag and we have Hayward and Burks. Odd man out would be Harris. The other spot is the SF position. We need someone who can help spread defenses and be a lock down defender. Carroll? Way too soon to tell, he may be more of a good bench player. So that means trades and free agency, since currently we dont have a draft pick.
If we were to trade and pick up a draft pick, Gilchrest and Lillard would be our targets. Some would argue that Barnes and Marshall could fit the bill as well. There are others who would either dream of Davis, Jones, Beal, Lamb, and even Rivers, but Davis is out of reach. The others log jam us. So I will focus on Gilchrest and Lillard or you can substitute Barnes and Marshall.
I know I titled this free agency, but I have to show why its probably our best bet other than the obvious reason of we dont have draft picks till the second round. Many teams own multiple picks and you could bargain with them for pieces, Portland being big on this list. Yes they have a slew of positions to fill, but I doubt they can go anywhere picking 4 guys from this draft and trying to run with a diaper squad. Bottom line we could trade in.
Harris has been in trade rumors with Portland, and its not too far a stretch to think they could still want him. Harris could be a good fit at the SG for Mini. Although he had a good spurt toward the end of last season, he could be the best option at retrieving us a draft pick. Most say, but we have Al and Millsap and one must go. Well, maybe true, but trading either for a draft pick is a stretch without bringing someone who is overpaid back in return with the pick so dont count on it. I see Al as a good option for a team reducing cap space toward the end of next yrs trade deadline, which will probably fill a gap that we have somewhere.
If you have been keeping up, you are already seeing without me pointing it out to you, trading for picks could happen, but the chances are small. So lets look at the Free agent list. PG’s worth looking at are DWill, Nash, Lin, Dragic, Nelson, Augustine, and Sessions. SF’s are slim pickings but Batum will be available. Lets take a closer look.
DWill 21 ppg, 8.7 ast, 3 reb 36 min. Sad thing is very doubtful
Nash 12.5 ppg, 10.7 ast, 3 reb 31 mins. Would be sweet, but doubtful.
Lin 14 ppg, 6 ast, 3 reb 27 min. Option.
Dragic 11.7 ppg, 5.3 ast, 2.5 reb in 27 min. Option
Augustine 11 ppg, 6.4 ast, 2.3 reb in 29 min. Option
Nelson 15.6 ppg, 6.6 ast, 3.8 reb in 39 min. Eh
Sessions 11.3 ppg, 5.5 ast, 3.3 reb in 27 min. Option
SF Batum 13.9 ppg, 4.6 reb 1 blk 1 st in 30 mins. Guessing it will hard to steal him from Portland.
Well, I should let you all make your own assumptions, but if we are looking for the best way to get guys to fill our two holes, I say you trade to get into the draft then draft a SF, and hook one of the above PG’s. So who do you trade with? Washington has Lewis’s big contract weighing them down. They could use a Center though? Big Al? Unfortunately with the money issues, I dont see a trade with Washington.
That leaves Charlotte and Cleveland. I could see a Al to Charlotte, but we would have to eat Thomas’s contract. That would be ugly. Charlotte could use any of our vets, but they will probably try the diaper squad approach. They dont have much to hand back so the only real options would be trade exceptions, and Millsap.
KOC has his work cut out for him. I dont see any options for trades that would make us better through the draft. There is always an Al to Sacramento giving them the size they need, but how do you make that work? Take the pick Fredette and a couple future picks. I guess it would land you Lillard, but still leaves you in need of a SF unless somehow Barnes or Gilchrist dropped to you. Oh, wow, stirred up the Fredette fans again. LOL
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