Posted by: Shane on November 27th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Now that the lockout is unofficially over….let the speculation begin.
The Jazz have several questions to answer, many of which will be addressed before the season begins. Do we use the amnesty now on Okur or Jefferson or save it for later? What free agents could fill much needed holes? Do we bring AK back? Do we trade Millsap? Re-sign Watson?
Details of the new CBA are just now coming out, which will impact the strategy Jazz management will take. Allegedly, the Jazz have already zeroed in on some free agents they want to target. Two free agents I like are Jeff Green from Boston or Thaddeus Young from Philly. Both are SF and would give us some added athleticism. Of course if we re-sign AK, that would change our SF needs.
The pool is weak for free agent point guards, which is why I’m in favor of bringing back Watson. He is a solid player that knows the team and wants to be here. I wouldn’t be opposed to going after Chalmers as a back-up, but I don’t foresee that happening.
Trade speculation is big, but I doubt the Jazz will make any big moves. I would like to see the Jazz target Rondo in a trade deal, but its highly unlikely the Celts will move him this year as they try for one more title before rebuilding. I do feel, however, that Rondo is the best fit of PG’s in the league for the Jazz system. I also think we need to bring in a defensive stopper – I like Ariza or Tony Allen and think both would be good complements to the Jazz’s future core of Burks, Hayward, Favors, and Kanter. Depending on how those four develop, the Jazz will need to address offensive needs through the draft and through the FA market in 2012 and 2013.
It’s clear the Jazz are in a transition of developing young players. The playoffs will be a long shot for this year, but I’m excited for the future of the Jazz and what the young players can become.
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