Posted by: ST Spalding on December 29th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
We all watched our US armed forces retool and retrain to fight a new threat, time for the Jazz to realize that need too. Jazz brass should not be “building” a team to take down the Spurs and Lakers – those teams will be well on the decline by the time we reach our prime. We must BUILD a team that can compete with the Thunder and Clippers.
* We need a big PG that can defend and run the pick/roll.
* We need three skilled bigs (I’d love them all to be 6′10/11), that can run, defend, rebound and have among them some versatility on the offensive side. 7′0 space eaters need not apply.
* We need athletes on the wings that are not defined by a position but can flex between positions and that each has at least one NBA skill.
* We need a defense minded coach that will run transition offense with a pick and roll soul.
Can we make any headway toward tomorrow with some trades today? Dont know, Jazz have not been know to make major changes. But inaction is not going to cut it this time. Will we be able to attract free agents even with all the $ we might have after the season (history suggests no).
One big question, would fans we willing to part with Favors? Great on defense, but you wonder if he will ever develop an offensive game (yeah i know the coaching issue is an issue). We might be able to pluck Monroe from Detroit and they can pair Favors with Drummond for a defensive freak show. Here are some moves via the trade machine:
Greg Monroe (C), Beno Udrih (PG), Jason Thompson (PF), Emeka Okafor (C), Mike Dunleavy (SF)
Favors, Jefferson, Millsap, Foye, Watson, Bell
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