Posted by: Ryan Tegtmeier on July 17th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Wesley Matthews was the best option for shooting guard, in my opinion; he has greater potential to be as good as Bell, Korver, or Brewer. These things he can do with steals, 3 pointers, shooting, and defense. He is already showing that. He is also a tough, competitive, and diligent player, from what I have heard in interviews. However, I have read by 3 reliable sources that the Jazz would be over the salary cap by somewhere over 12 million, if you include the penalty, if they were to keep Matthews. I wish that they could’ve kept him somehow for his long term worth as he gets better and knows Sloan’s system more. The Jazz were in dire need of fixing a somewhat thin shooting guard position problem when they signed Bell – seeing that they needed a player that shoots as well as the others that I mentioned above when the offense breaks down at the end of the shot clock. I don’t quite have the answer to that dilemma, but it is a big problem. The Jazz have multiple “tweeners” to fill the small forward position during games in Kirilenko, Hayward, Miles, and Millsap. Miles is a very up and coming player as he already is there, however, he is the youngest player and I would like to see a veteran in the game first rather than youth. Millsap is just as young but a better player all around, in my opinion, Hayward needs to stay with the team to see how far he will go, and Kirilenko is invaluable. My question is can Miles be waived or leave the team somehow to free up the cap space to re-sign Wes? I really don’t know how if that is a good option or not, so that is why I am asking. Please let me know how that works. One more point that I want to make is that the Jazz lost the first 3 games of the Lakers/Jazz series in 2010 by an average of 4.67 points; da Jazzzsss could have easily been up 3-0 going into the last game, which the Lakes handedly beat them in, and won the series in one of the next, if needed, 3 games. So, they have a team that can hang with the Lakes and even beat them in a series; one of their biggest problems, though,was with shooting outside 12 feet consistently a little bit. I’m not sure if I am right on this, I just want to hear your opinions. Please give me some constructive feedback.
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