Posted by: KelJewkes on February 3rd, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
*I know there has been about 60 “trade” posts on here since the loosing slide, so sorry… I really just wanted someone smarter than me to pick it apart. So reader beware!
I would do this in a minute!
The long-shot here is Memphis… but they REALLY want to get rid of Thabeet, and might be willing to let O.J. go to lose the Thabeet contract, and O.J. has multiple questions in his past.
The good news is they get a Center who,when healthy, spreads the floor that can also allow the more mobile Gasol to be an extremely long PF at times (especially if they loose Z. Randolph).
I think Houston does this as well. They get two 7 footers, one mobile veteran, and one young project who still has an up side… especially in a half court offense like Adleman can run.
And as for O.J. Rick again has proven he can take some rough guys (take a look at the Sac-town teams he took deep in the playoffs back in the day… some rough dudes on those teams) and get them to preform at a high level.
If Utah didn’t do this, I would be really surprised. I love Memo, but getting an athletic & aggressive rebounder big in Hill (think a poor man’s Javale McGee) AND a cheap, under used SG that can defend and shoot the three (think a younger Raja Bell!).
What do you think?
ESPN’s Holliger says this about these two…
+ Solid wing defender who can check most 2s despite middling athleticism.
+ Good outside shooter, but better from midrange than long distance.
+ Good finisher at basket but lacks the burst or ball skills to get there often.
Lee made 44.4 percent of his long 2s but slumped to 33.8 percent on 3s; he can be a much more valuable player if he establishes himself as a 40 percent 3-point shooter — something he accomplished as a rookie in Orlando.
Otherwise, we pretty much know the story with Lee after just two seasons. He’s a good defender but not a dominating one. He’ll hit open shots but won’t create that many. In short, he’s a near-perfect role-playing wing, but he has very little chance of moving up in the world. Regardless, he’ll last a decade and make tens of millions of dollars if he keeps sticking Js.
+ Classic energy payer who crashes offensive boards and blocks shots.
+ Offensive game mostly limited to jab-step for 15-footers; needs post game.
+ Lack of strength resulted in high foul rate; must add strength.
Viewed as a bust in New York, Hill wasn’t bad at all for a rookie power forward based on his overall numbers. He was fourth at his position in offensive rebound rate, 16th in blocks, and his scoring numbers (15.6 per 40 minutes) were very respectable.
Hill fouled entirely too often — more than once every seven minutes — and his lack of strength makes him a suspect post defender, but that can be addressed by pumping iron. He’s not a star by any means, but he’ll be a useful rotation player. New York just gave up on him too quickly.
Having Jordan be the first big off the bench would give a long, athletic big that has a huge upside with a nose for rebounding and a defender in the post. I really think this kid is going to be special.
As for Lee… he is hand cuffed right now in Houston, playing behind a bevy of proven wing players. Before Houston brought him over from N.J., he was dumping in over 12 points a game in just his second year in the league.
I think these two are perhaps some of the best, realistic pick-ups Utah could get. If brought over, both could be playing pretty big roles on Utah’s roster by the end of April.
I really feel like this trade could put the Jazz on the level with L.A., Dallas, and O.K.C…. and if the cards fall right, San Antonio.
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