Posted by: Michael King on July 11th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
With everything that’s happened so far this off-season, it’s left alot of Jazz fans frustrated, and wondering if we even try to do anything. Honestly, if we didn’t do anything, we wouldn’t have Deron as our point guard right now, and we wouldn’t have done a sign and trade with Boozer. Plus Millsap would have been a Trailblazer. Everyone who is frustrated with the front office, simply needs to chill out and relax. If KOC didn’t have something up his sleeve, he wouldn’t have drafted both Hayward and Evans. Do any of us know what will happen? No, and that’s realistically the main thing causing so many to complain. The Jazz are a very small market team, and there is precious little reported on us as is, so it’s more than likely that we don’t have any kind of idea who all we’ve been talking to, and what we’ve been trying for. I picture us re-signing Matthews, reguardless of the rather large contract he’s been offered. Though it might seem like a “toxic” one, much like Millsap’s did a year ago, it’s more than likely going to be a bargain later on. I’d gladly pay Wes 7 million a year plus a bonus up front, which is actually 1.2 million more per year than the offer given. Wes is already a fan favorite, and the effect of losing him would be far greater than that of paying him the contract. Let’s not forget that we ventured into the luxury tax last year, and may have to again this year. LA is constantly in the luxury tax, so why not us? After re-signing Matthews, out next priority as KOC and the rest of the organization knows is to get a big. Personally, I think the one they’ve been after the most is Al Jefferson. Let’s use our TE and what ever else necessary to bring him in. Would adding CJ along with the TE work? Possibly add a later second round pick with CJ+TE? The other options I’ve been hearing include waiting til next off-season when AK’s contract comes off the books and using that to get a big, or Ante Tomic who could be coming over in a year or 2. Though I don’t know much of anything about Tomic, apparently he could be the next Pau Gasol. Having a player of that caliber would be a massive boost to our team. I’d like to see a lineup similar to this next year:
PG Deron Williams, Ronnie Price, Sundiata Gaines
SG Wes Matthews, Gordon Hayward(can play 2 or 3), Otheus Jeffers
SF AK(can play 3 or 4), Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans
PF Paul Millsap, AK, Al Jefferson(4 or 5)
C Al Jefferson, Memo, Fes, Koufos
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