Posted by: Ryan Martinez on November 3rd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz are in a great position right now with 4 young guys, incredible cap room, and a potential lottery pick next year (we’re all cheering against the Warriors right?) But this season has a lot of change opportunities coming up. With 8 players entering free agency, the Jazz could have a whole new team next season. But what happens before then?
The Jazz trade either Millsap or Jefferson for picks, and a decent point guard (+ role players).
This seems to be the most popular option, but really, do we want another point guard? Isn’t Mo doing well? If you ask me, this is unlikely.
The Jazz trade Millsap and Jefferson, plus other plays, and pull a superstar in.
Honestly, this is a joke. No team is willing to trade stars, especially with teams like L.A. and Miami trying to make super-teams.
The Jazz don’t trade anyone, they ride the season out and allow numerous contracts to expire, pick up a decent player with the GSW pick (unless the warriors suck this year, than we pick up a good player) and play with money to try to get a good point guard.
I think this is the most realistic, the Jazz don’t generally trade much, who knows, maybe Lindsey will be more willing to pull the trigger on certain deals, but if KOC still has a lot of influence, don’t expect some blockbuster deal out of Utah.
What I’m excited about:
1. We already know that Hayward and Favors are good. That’s been established, but Burks and Kanter really impressed me this offseason. I think in a few years, we can be really good with these 4.
2. We can finally shoot. Our bigs will open up so much this season if we can continue hitting outside shots.
What I hope for:
1. Millsap stays on as a 6th man. He’s undersized but talented, put him against backups, and he’ll have the best stats in the league, and our young guys need to start.
2. A young point guard. Our guys need a solid idea of the future, and the NBA is a point guard’s league right now. I don’t know if this comes through the draft, free agency, or a trade, but we need a guy who can play long enough to let our 4 young guys to be in their primes, and still be productive at that time.
3. A repeat of Jeremy Evans in the dunk contest. Dude can jump.
Things I’m not looking forward to:
1. Corbin’s philosophy. Play the young guys, they’re just as good or better than some of these veterans. I remember a few years ago, Corbin’s son led West to a state championship as a Sophomore, why can’t Corbin trust our players the same way his son was trusted?
2. Nothing else really, I’ll be upset when some players that I like end up leaving, but I’m pretty excited about this season actually.
Notes about the rest of the NBA:
1. Oklahoma City gave up James Harden, and he play like this? This is insane, I knew he would play better, but I never expected him to be that explosive. Just goes to show you, that even great teams underestimate their player’s worth and value.
2. Lakers are 0-3 for the first time in 34 years, not a great way to bring in their “Big-4″ I don’t expect them to get farther past the 2nd round, and then L.A. will finally receive the bad end of decades of negative Karma buildup when Howard walks.
3. I’m really excited for this NBA season, particularly because it will be the last one I watch for 2 years, and I think this will be an awesome year.
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