Posted by: KCJones on November 5th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
We had traded Al and picked up Lillard in the draft.
What IF, last year, instead of fighting and scratching for an 8th seed playoff spot and a sweep at the hands of the Spurs, the Jazz traded away Jefferson for future lottery picks or other young players and as a result we ended worse than the Golden State Warriors, got their pick (and ours), and came away from the lottery with our missing piece, a young, good PG Damian Lillard?
That’s a future core of
And pretend everything else happened like it did. Out with CJ, Howard, Bell, D. Harris, in with Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Randy Foye and Kevin Murphy.
I listened to D. Locke’s latest Mythbusters podcast with Kevin Pelton about whether making the playoffs helps or hinders your future seasons. Kevin Pelton basically said ‘not really’.
So here’s the questions. How much better/worse are we this year with the difference being Damian Lillard in and Al Jefferson out? How much better/worse are we next year? The year after?
It obviously helps the salary cap space with a rookie salary (Lillard’s) replacing Al’s $15M. We lose the low post offense, but we gain a distributor, a P&R PG, and another outside threat in Damian Lillard, who frankly fits perfectly with our other players, better than Mo does and better than Al does.
Was trying so hard to win last year REALLY the right choice? I’m questioning it….
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