Posted by: Michael King on July 4th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Along with a lot of fans out there, I thought the Jazz were going to go for a SF during the draft(Chris Singleton was my bet). Now that it’s all said and done, and we’ve officially picked up CJ’s option, we’re left with 1 true SF, and 1 who can play the position if needed. It’s no secret that the Jazz desperately need another SF, but the question is, do we re-up AK or go with a free agent? Out of all the FA’s the summer, AK is the best option for the price at the position. Maybe we re-sign him for say 4-5 mil? He’ll come off the bench for CJ and on occasion play the 4 if necessary.
From there our focus needs to be on who else we re-sign, and who we let go. Here’s a run down of our current FA’s and the money they made last year.
- Earl Watson-1.2 mil
- Ronnie Price-1.3 mil
- Jeremy Evans-0.5 mil
- Andrei Kirilenko-17.8 mil
- Kyrylo Fesenko-1.1 mil
Given what we currently have, I doubt there’s any question on picking up Watson, and likely Price as well. Both play well together off the bench, and are cheap. Evan’s and Fes however aren’t so clear cut. With the pick up of Kanter, along with having Al and Okur at C, Fes is likely gone. Evan’s will probably be picked up just to give us added depth at the PF. I see our roster and rotation looking somewhat like this next season(assuming there is one). I’ll be listing them in the order they come off the bench.
PG-Devin Harris, Earl Watson, Alec Burks(as needed with injuries. Price can also fit in here)
SG-Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks/Ronnie Price, RP/AB(not sure who comes in as the backup/3rd string)
SF-CJ Miles, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans
PF-Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Jeremy Evans
C-Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Mehmet Okur
I’ve heard many rumors of possibly trading off Paul for say Hickson/Sessions or Granger, though with Favors only entering his second year, I don’t think thats such a good idea or what will happen. Lets not forget, Favors and Al didn’t play all that well alongside each other. A Kanter/Favors backup combo is much more feasible. Any comments or changes to the above would be great, and GO JAZZ!!!!!
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