Moving forward with the post Deron Williams-era, Jazz fans have a lot to be excited about from Derrick Favors’ potential to having four combined lottery picks in 2011 and 2012, making us the most flexible franchise. The question now, is where do we go from here? AK47’s overpaid contract is over, Devin Harris isn’t on our future plans, and Al Jefferson doesn’t fit our Princeton Offense. Well, here are a few suggestions.
1) Trade Devin Harris. He’s been plagued with injury since his breakout season in 2008, and he’s reached his full potential, but that potential isn’t worth 8.9mil. Who’d want him? Send him to a team begging for Point Guards (Lakers, Heat) and take expiring contracts and draft picks towards our future.
2) Keep Al Jefferson. Although he doesn’t fit our offense, he’s a borderline all-star PF/C and is incredibly dangerous in the post where he always demands a double team. His defense at best is average and he tends to get Paul Millsap in foul trouble because he seems to always need help, but serviceable big men have become a rarity in this league. I anticipate his departure will happen after next season, because his age–salary–style is too much of a liability for us to keep him around.
3) Trade down to #6! Washington speaks highly of Enes Kanter and will def. look to trade up for him, but the question is which team will do so? That’s where we come through. Trading down to #6 and getting Washington’s #18 pick (presumably) will get us more flexibility moving forward. I suspect we’ll draft Kemba Walker–Brandon Knight (6), Chris Singleton (12), Marshon Brooks (18).
Summing this all up, we have a wonderful future to look forward too, but it starts with this draft’s success!!