Posted by: David J. Smith on June 30th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Yesterday was one of those days that Utah Jazz fans enjoy greatly–a day chock full of news, both expected and unexpected. Here is the run down:
- Thursday night, Utah drafted shooting guard Kevin Murphy out of Tennessee Tech University and we were able to hear many interviews with our newest rookie.
- After waiting patiently, the trade for former and now current Jazz guard Mo Williams was consummated. Instead of the originally publicized three-team deal, it morphed into a four-team transaction. Utah received Williams and the rights to 2008 draftee Shan Foster; the Los Angeles Clippers were reunited with troubled, but talented Lamar Odom; the Dallas Mavericks received a traded player exemption, financial flexibility (to pursue Deron Williams), and Utah’s rights to 2008 second-rounder Tadija Dragicevic (whose lore pales in comparison the vaunted Ante Tomic, also drafted in 2008’s second-round); and the Houston Rockets jumped in, receiving Furkan Aldemir, the Clippers’ second-rounder this year. Clear as mud? Good.
- As anticipated, the Utah Jazz picked up the team option for last year’s mid-season surprise, small forward DeMarre Carroll. It was an absolute no-brainer, as Carroll was a vital cog in Utah’s run toward the Playoffs. And I imagine his contract will be minimal, offering huge value for the Jazz.
- In a somewhat shocking move, given the day’s earlier events, veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley’s $1.3 million team option was also picked up. Tinsley was also a pleasant surprise, but with Williams, Devin Harris, and Earl Watson already on board, it was thought that Utah would pass.
- Lastly, Utah tendered a qualifying offer to NBA Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans, a crowd favorite. This makes the high-flying forward a restricted free agent.
All in one day. This is the start to a very big offseason. Lots of decisions will need to be made. What do the Jazz do with four veteran point guards? How do the young guys do in the summer league? How about Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors going against some elite talent in July? What will be done to sort out the perceived logjam amongst the big men?
A million questions…and it’s only just begun.
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