Posted by: Benjamin on July 16th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
After the news that wes matthews was not coming back to utah, i was disappointed but i realized that it was ok. they got a good replacement in Bell who is less money and a veteran. the reason everyone loves matthews is because of his story. if he was a late first round to second round draft pick jazz fans would still love him, but him leaving the team wouldn’t upset nearly as much people. it is because he was undrafted and was such a great story. everyone’s first thought including me was that we deserved to develop him into a successful pro player because we found some great talent and he was an inspiring story. but to tell the truth, they got a little more broken down older more experienced matthews named raja bell. we can still find another player that was undrafted that could possibly do what he did, and not have to go after a player like matt barnes that would put us way over luxury tax. if we found a slightly worse matthews it would be perfect. cj and hayward would eventually replace bell and ak in the starting lineup and our new undrafted player would be able to back one of them up and bell or ak is the other backup. we don’t need to spend too much money on a fifth wing player, find some young potential and develop.
they need to go after someone who can block shots. if theo ratliff isn’t retiring he would be a good fit and even though kwame brown is a major bust he wouldn’t be a bad sign for less than 2 million. there are other big guys that we could possibly bring in
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