Posted by: Stephen Loveless on February 25th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s finally over. The 2011 NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the dust is starting to settle around the league leaving us with a view, if only slightly less murky than before, of what’s in store for the rest of the year and the seasons to come.
First and foremost I want to wish a farewell and all the best to Deron and his family. I could not be happier that with this trade but I do not hold any hard feelings for Deron. I simply think this was the best move for the team as a whole. Whether Deron had anything to do with Sloan’s resignation is irrelevant. We are a grudge-holding fan base and Deron was never going to be our shining white knight again, regardless of his actions or desires.
A previous post of mine made clear my dissatisfaction with Deron’s performance. The grit, the drive, the “one-upped-ed-ness” he used to have is gone for whatever reason. Frankly, I don’t care what those reasons are so I won’t go there.
I’ve long held that Devin Harris would make a great point guard here in Utah. Saying that has become a little more difficult for me now that it’s actually going to be put to the test. It will be interesting to see how quickly, or slowly, he takes to the offense. A new head coach with a couple new players can make for excellent growth and great communication. Of course, it can also create the opposite.
Favors should be fun to watch. The kid has all the potential in the world and Utah’s a good environment for him to blossom in. The down side is that the line-up riddle has not become any easier to solve.
All in all I’m thrilled with what Kevin O’Connor has done. Let’s give this team over to Al. He’s young, very excited to be here, and willing to learn and work.
For me the big shocker was Kendrick Perkins. The Celtics have been anxiously awaiting his return all season and then they ship him off after just over ten games. On the other hand it’s not like they are left wanting at the center spot. The Thunder finally get someone that fits the name. Is there a more terrifying man in the league?
Carmelo to NYC was anything but a surprise. The personnel involved was a little bewildering to me but you do what you have to for a player of his caliber. Moving Felton and Billups was not something I anticipated but, again, they should be fun to watch and their respective teams.
I was happy to see Shane Battier go because it gave me a small glimmer of hope that Jazz fans would finally give up on him coming to Utah. Sure, he’s a great defender and a genuinely nice guy. What do you people see in him though? Give me Artest any day.
Gerald Wallace is headed to Portland. I’m calling for Portland to be an awfully big thorn in the rest of the west’s side late in the season and into the post-season. He is an explosive player and I look for him to instantly click with Aldridge, Roy, and Matthews. Now if only they had a big young center…….
Bottom line: Trade deadline is past and the Jazz traded up. You can quote me.
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