Posted by: Jazzaholic on August 6th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s always interesting what happens to Jazz players when they move to another team. It used to be, under Jerry, the Jazz system made the player better, and when he moved on, his play was not nearly as impressive.
A couple of years ago, the Bulls went on a spending spree and signed Korver, Brewer and Boozer. Korver and Brewer are gone and Boozer is #1 on the Bulls amnesty list each summer.
So, I asked the Bull’s HoopsWorld’s writer what he thought.
It looks like the Jazz castoffs didn’t work out for the Bulls. Was it because the Bulls just overpaid and made the production/$ a bad ratio?
“I have a hard time saying Ronnie Brewer didn’t work out for the Bulls, because he really was excellent, especially considering the fact that he never really was given a set role like almost everyone else on that roster. He wavered between starter and Bench Mobber so often that it had to be hard to find a rhythm sometimes, no matter what he said about doing whatever Thibs asked him. I loved Brewer’s production, though, and thought he earned his paycheck.
Korver was pretty disappointing, though he did have his moments. Just not $5 million a season’s worth of moments, I guess. Boozer… Do we really need to talk about Boozer? Along those lines I’ll just say, “Thank God the Bulls still have their amnesty provision.”
Remember when the Jazz were in a luxury tax crunch and Ronnie Brewer and his agent were thinking around $8m/year and Kevin traded him?
Remember when Kyle Korver became a free agent, the Bulls pounced, and the Jazz didn’t even make an offer, because of the luxury tax concerns?
Remember when The Businessman was going to opt out and “get a raise”, but nobody offered? Then, the next year he got a max deal from the Bulls?
At the time, there was a lot of weeping and wailing, but it turns out Kevin made the right decisions.
Looking at those 3 players current market value, their pay back then, and with the Bulls, was way more than their productivity justified.
Also, look at the years each wanted. It would have tied up the Jazz for years down the road.
Look at them now. After the trade for DWil, the Jazz have maximum flexibility next year. They have options on the core 4. With the exception of Marvin’s player option, and Pogo’s low salary, everyone else has an expiring contract!
Expiring contracts have lots of advantages.
1. They have high trade value at the Feb trade deadline and just before the draft.
2. Even if they become unrestricted free agents, the Jazz can top any offer or do a sign and trade to a team below the luxury tax apron, because they hold their Bird Rights.
True, they are free to go to another team, and some teams are still overpaying players, but the market is changing and flexibility will be the key for the future.
Kevin has done a remarkable job of juggling the salaries and contracts to get to this position and should be congratulated!
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