Posted by: jason michael crannell on July 1st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’ve been gone for a bit. I’m preparing to make a big move from Utah to Florida (out of necessity, and not out of desire).
Anyway, a few quick thoughts on the Jazz.
The draft and has now come and gone, and Utah has second round pick Kevin Murphy to show for it. He was probably as good a pick as any at the 47th selection. I don’t suspect however, that if he makes the opening day roster, he will get much playing time. Hopefully, he isn’t the second coming of Morris Almond.
I really like the acquisition of Mo Williams. I was very sorry to see him go the first time around (after a fine rookie season), and I believe he will be a significant contributor to the squad this season. When you can add a quality veteran of his caliber, and not give up much in return (a washed up Mehmet Okur) you have made your team better.
It will be interesting to see what the Jazz do with the current roster of players during the rest of the off-season. They are very deep at every position, with most players being capable of playing more then one spot on the floor.
I suspect Miles, Bell, and Ahearn probably won’t return.
I’m sure the Jazz will match any reasonable offer for Jeremy Evans. I would hate to see him leave, but it would be a mistake to overpay him.
I personally hope the Jazz let Josh Howard sign elsewhere, but for whatever reason, Jazz brass seems to like him. My best guess is that he will end up somewhere else.
I’m not sure what Earl Watson’s health status is for next season, but the Jazz have an abundance of guys who can play the point guard position. I would be a little surprised if the Jazz begin the season with Harris, Williams, Watson, and Tinsley.
Utah wasn’t much of a player in the draft, and they also don’t figure to be much of a player in free agency. I guess they could choose to use the MLE to bring in a role player for the bench, but I don’t suspect they will lure in a big name. Maybe somebody along the lines of Danny Green, Carlos Delfino, or Kyle Korver.
The only avenue left for the Jazz to really make significant strides before the beginning of the next campaign is via a trade. It remains to be seen whether or not KOC will pull the trigger on any deal. He’s not one that takes many chances (for good or bad).
I probably won’t be checking in as often for awhile, since my life is in complete upheaval, but I wish everyone on the site well, and I hope you enjoy your scorching summer.
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