Posted by: Landon J on June 14th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Whoa?!! Seems a little crazy to even be talking about the possibility of these two players playing for Utah, right!? But why not consider it? Let’s begin!
We all remember Allen Iverson. Whether it be for his great days playing in Philadelphia and Denver, or if it be all the drama and times he didn’t play in Memphis and back on the 76′ers. We remember when he was one of the league’s elite players, and we remember when a team wouldn’t resign him and we saw him run off to Europe. But now Iverson says he wants to be back again. He wants to finish his career in an NBA uniform. The vibe I got from this is that Iverson wants to play one – maybe two – seasons in the NBA and then quit. So why would a GM be interested in signing such a short-term deal? Well, it would depend on how serious AI is about playing. If he really wants to go out with a bang, then he will want to play for a team that is already a contender. The Jazz, in my opinion, would be a great fit for him. (Depending on who they draft, of course.) AI could serve as a good backup for Harris. We could even run the dual-guard duo that we did earlier this season. It all depends on if AI would be willing to still come off the bench – and I don’t think he’ll be a starter on any team, so he might as well accept the fact. – and if he is actually going to play consistently and want to be there. It would be a good thing to consider, but you’d be taking a risk. Plus, you’d probably lose him after one or two seasons.
The other player I mentioned… who was it?… oh yeah. LeBron James. The man that invited himself to Miami and claimed he’d win championships again and again. Look, I really don’t have anything major against that. The league allowed for him to leave Cleveland and join any team, so him teaming up to win championships seems like a logical business decision. But it’s the fashion that he left. That was what made it all so unnecessary. His meltdown in the Finals was definitely strange, but hey, somebody’s got to lose and the entire Heat team didn’t play as good as Dallas’ “big-three” alone (Kidd, Nowitski, and Terry). So now that Miami didn’t get the performance they were promised, is the Big Three done? I don’t really think so. But you never know. It depends on how Miami wants to fix their issues. If making trades is the answer, then we have something to offer back. It might be possible for us to trade our draft picks and a player for LeBron or maybe even Dwayne Wade. Keep in mind how much of a longshot this is, but also remember that it was also a longshot for the Big Three to even come to be. LeBron would likely not even want to be here, so having him on our team might not be that beneficial. But him being traded could also be a humility move for him. It might make him realize that you actually have to work to win and for all we know, maybe it would be some of the best years of his career. The Jazz already have a team that could be built around him, and really, it would give us a major instant boost. Dwayne Wade would also fit well here. But it’d be a real miracle if any of this were to happen. But it’s interesting to think about how a major player would fit into our current roster and how we might do with them here.
So let the discussion begin. I’m sure people have a lot to say about this article!
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