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  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Take a look at Kevin Love in MN for 3 mill a year. MN is rumored to want to move him as he may not be their ideal choice in the triangle. He has 14 points and 11 rebounds in a system he does not like. He is a Sloan kind of player.

    DWill and the team members will always say bring Booz etc back. They are team mates. Booz had a great year. Probably the best of his life.

    However, everyone is ignoring the key to victory. It is not just a matter of getting bigger. It is also a matter of improving the interior D at C and especially PF.

    The Jazz do not get bombed with 3s (how many games did they lose to 3s?) if the guards/SF are not helping the interior D. The Jazz get back on D if the Guards/SF are not helping inside.

    If you get the RIGHT PF and C the Jazz rebound, play better interior D, perimeter D and defend the fast break.

    Figure out how many extra wins that is?

    You can get some very good players who will fit the system for Booz money.

  • gdog3
    May 12, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    Deron, yes the Jazz management wants to play for a title. It's not that easy sir. Do you think that if you were the GM and the Point Guard (both) that you could get it done? The Jazz know what they are doing.

    Many teams have had lottery pick after lottery pick, and continued to lose. The Jazz have had one They wisely picked you Deron, and moved up to do so (bold move). Again, the Jazz know what they are doing.

    Millsap (stud second rounder). Matthews (undrafted stud), Boozer (a stud second rounder), C.J Miles (another find).

    The Jazz are too good to draft high very often.

    Smart move getting the NYK pick this year.

    Smart move trading Brewer.

    As free agent players, the Jazz do what they can. It's a hard sell for all teams unless your the elite NBA version of the BCS.

    Society places much emphasis on championships. Integrity wise, does it matter how a team gets there? A huge payroll and a big market does provide an advantage. However, good management is needed. Some teams don't have that. The JAZZ DO! They just can't carry a $100 million payroll.

  • Jazz32
    May 12, 2010 4:53 a.m.

    I feel that what the Jazz have to do is to get bigger in the draft upcoming next month. The front office indeed needs to look at getting a big man who have 3 to 4 years of college experience. The center's in the NBA right now are either getting older or want to much money , which I firmly believe that drafting a big man is the way to go. One of the big men in the draft who I could see Utah possibly getting would be Cole Aldrich, another would be Greg Monroe but he is still young and would need a couple years to develop. The Jazz need to keep Fesenko, since he already seems to know the system. I would prefer if the Jazz traded Kosta Kofous, who definantly is a good player but even in limited playing time, he didn't seem willing to be aggressive in the post. Another thing the front office needs to do is resign Carlos Boozer. The Jazz I firmly believe need to get a reliable backup point guard to Deron Williams. How bout trading for Devin Harris, if the Nets get John Wall in the draft.

  • John Wicks
    May 12, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    If Sloan wants the same players back for another second round exit then he should be asked to leave. This group is not athletic enough to win a championship. Wake up Jerry. Making the playoffs is not enough.

  • jefff
    May 12, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    Dwill just felt the Front Office needs a push... next year i hope we won't miss Memo or AK, so you've two more bigs. That's isn't enough, especially if we lost Boozer without anything back.
    Draft: i'm usually a "pick the best player available" guy, but this year there's plenty of 4 and 5, unless we're so lucky in the lottery to pick wall or Turner.
    Kevin Love: if Carlos leaves, i'd take him.
    Devin Harris: i really doubt he'd play behind Williams. Here i miss Maynor.

  • Doug10
    May 12, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    Mr. Bugoff you mention that you can find quality playes for Boozer type money and I would challenge that statement.

    First how many players are there as good as Boozer? Amare is getting lots of praise these days yet he cannot play d any better than Korver. His points and rebounds are less than Boozer and he is paid 50% more than Carlos.

    I would suggest keeping Boozer for another 2-3 million over his current salary is a great deal for the Jazz and much cheaper than having all the fans wait another 2-3 seasons of mediocre play while a new pf learns the system and becomes dominant on the team.

    Getting a veteran center may be what it takes for the Jazz but they will hve to pay for him. It would be worth it for a year or two if they insist on keeping their current big "projects" as a veteran could show them what they need to do as in the past 2 seasons those 2 bigs have not figured out how to prepare for game day.


  • louisiana jazz man
    May 12, 2010 8:35 a.m.

    i think if the jazz could sign any big in the nba they still wouldnt beat the lakers. they have 3 7ft players that are good. we would have to get rid of boz sign a good big still it would come down to fes and kufus getting better or trading them for two good bigs all that is not going to happen. need to keep what we got and play fes and kufus more.fes kufus millsap matthews williams cj that is the future

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    I have always called Booz a top 5 PF and he has the 2nd best WP48 of all PFs. He is a great talent.

    Here is why I think we have to replace Booz.

    1. We have the 2 best undersized PFs. They are redundant.

    2. Booz is 29. He will demand a 5-6 year very expensive contract.

    3. He will be in decline at 32 and beyond. This was probably his best year.

    4. He is injury prone and will be more injury prone as he ages.

    5. He will never get any better at D. His D allows guards to attack the paint and draws the Jazz guard to help. That gets the Jazz bombed and attacked at the rim. The guards can't get back to defend the fast break.

    6. He is too short to beat LA. There is 4 years of evidence that he is not the PF needed to beat LA.

    7. The New CBA will be different.

    I personally like Booz. I really do not care about his comments. It is nothing personal with me. I want to win. I realize you have to let go of good to get better.










  • Buffalo Hunter
    May 12, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    How about signing Joe Johnson this offseason, letting Booz go and drafting Cole Aldrich. Gives more length inside, a scorer who can go one on one or get open off the screen and opens the middle for Millsap to operate.

  • IDC
    May 12, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    With a healthy Okur and AK and a better developed Fesenko, the Jazz might have enough. Matthews should be better as well. Fesenko seemed to really bother Gasol.

  • DEW
    May 12, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    Think of Mark Eaton! former UCLA, did he play much? I don't think so and same with Greg O. We did very well with Mark better than Tag kid. Who knows we will find another big who didn't play much will learn a lot with Jazz. As someone said above need 3 - 4 years of college playing time is hard to get.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Johnson is expensive and has a low WP48. Most people think Aldrich is a safe back C in the NBA. Most people also think he is not a top 10 choice unless you are looking for a safe back up.

    There is no guarantee that Okur, AK or Booz will be healthy. All are injury prone.

    Fes will cost the Jazz and they really need to sign him. He will get better with playing time. If the Jazz have Fes they can concentrate on replacing Booz and play Millsap and AK at PF while they develop a young PF. They will have to replace AK at SF but that is cheaper and easier than directly replacing Booz.

  • 1tobeamup
    May 12, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    My hope is that we work out a trade with the new owner of the Nets - AK for Lopez and their 1st round pick. That would give us 2 lottery picks this year, a good defensive center, and enough room to re-sign Booze.

    What other centers are out there would we want and could realistically get - ideas?

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    The Jazz could do complicated 3 ways trades with both Boozer on a sign and trade and AK (expiring contract) with teams that want them and a with teams under the cap (3rd team). However, the 3rd team gets compensated.

    I am not sure how bad NJ wants AK? Besides they can just wait for him to expire.

    The Nets are at 22 mill (plus holds) and have Cap space. They are not likely to do anything until it is clear they can't get James, Bosh or some other top tier FA. They may want AK if they can't get the big name they want. They can then resign AK next year under the new CBA and maybe still go after another big name next year.

    The details of the New CBA are a real wild card.

    Do you want to bank on CAP space that may not be there under the new CBA? What if there is a hard cap? Then all kinds of teams have to dump players.

  • blauch
    May 12, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    This is a time the Jazz shoots for the fences.

    First wait for the ping pong balls. If the Jazz end up in the first 3 they will be set (no one worst than Favors).

    Most people look at the draft in tiers
    First Tier - Wall and Turner
    Second Tier - Favors and Cousin
    Third Tier - Monroe, Johnson, Davis, Aldrich, Aminu, Patterson, Henry

    Pretty much everyone has the Jazz drafting one of the 3rd tier players. Cousin is interesting because he might be the only one to slip out of the top 4 because he is a head case. And Favors is interesting because his numbers were as aw-inspiring as his skills. If either of these players drop the need to trade up.

  • Large Tuna
    May 12, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    AK for lopez and their first round pick?! are you serious?? why would the nets trade their franchise player AND their top 5 draft pick for AK. that would be like us trading Dwill and our knicks pick for Shane Battier. The Nets would laugh at us for even suggesting that. Come on man!

    I think the Jazz should start discussions with portland. If all of their players get healthy over the off season they will have a log-jam at the C position (4 of them). I'm sure they'd be willing to part with one. Yes, getting Oden or Aldridge is a long-shot, but I'd definitely take Camby or Przybilla. The Kevin Love suggestion is also a good idea. What about Andre Blatch from the Wizards, or maybe a sign-and-trade with boozer to get Joakim Noah? its a long-shot, but if Chicago would entertain the idea i'd sure look into it.

  • JC4
    May 12, 2010 10:26 a.m.

    Jazz fans, please, we do not want to draft Cole Aldrich. He is wildly overrated, because he was okay on an awesome college team. He is extremely slow and has the longest release of anyone I have seen in a long time. He would be eaten alive by centers in the NBA. I agree we need a big man to combat the length of the Lakers. But Monroe, Udoh, Whiteside, Cousins (prob will be gone by our pick), or even possibly Davis, but not Aldrich. Remember Borchardt. We need athletes.

  • Large Tuna
    May 12, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    Let's not forget David Lee people. He will also be a free agent. We could probably get him for less than Boozer is getting paid right now, since he was asking for less last season. He puts up boozer numbers without an elite point guard, and he gets a lot of offensive rebounds.

  • JC4
    May 12, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    No way on earth the Nets would give up Lopez. Not even a slight chance.

  • Sokol
    May 12, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    If the Jazz do not consult with Williams about any deals or plans they should be boycotted....Jazz fans should boycott the team if they do not make any deals to get better period...Lucking out with
    some second rounder is not what Williams is proposing.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    I tend to agree with Blauch and Large Tuna. All of the options they mentioned have decent potential.

    The NETs want AK for the same reason HOU will NEVER trade YAO. The player is worth more too the owner in China (Russia) than he will ever pay in NBA salary.

    The Chinese (Russian) business interests and marketing leverage is so great it could pay for several teams of NBA players.

    AK is very popular in Russia and has immense marketing value. He also happens to be a very good player. There are reasons he carried the Russian flag in the Olympics.

    Millers have no Russian business interests that I know of. They could leverage AK if they kept him but he is worth more to some owner who already has extensive business interests in Russia.

    KOC will have to play his cards right but there is leverage in trading AK to NET.

  • Sokol
    May 12, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Kirilenko for that Lopez kid....maybe that is the way to go...

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    AK is worth as much in Russian sales/influence as YAO is in China. Les Alexander makes enough off of his YAO connections/industries in China to pay for several Rocket teams.

    AK is a Gold Mine to the new Russian owner of the NETS. AK is the most popular NBA player in Russia. He is a national idol. That is why he carried the Russian flag in the Olympics.

    KOC will have to be careful but he has a lot of leverage to work with concerning the NETS when it comes to AK.

    AK is helping by saying he would like to retire in a Jazz uniform.

    The NETS have 22 mill in salary (plus holds) in 2010. They are way under the CAP. They also are seeking a big name. AK is a side/money issue.

    Once they get the big name thing settled they might be able to trade for AK with non guaranteed contracts or expiring contracts that can be dumped or bought out for cheap.

    The Jazz are in much better position than most realize. They can live without Booz. They can sign and trade him. They can expire him and save the coin.

  • Basketballogy
    May 12, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    It is VERY interesting to hear the players themselves play armchair GM, isn't it?

    Boozer definitely stays, says Williams. Agreed.

    I don't think the Jazz -- or anyone else for that matter -- can beat the Lakers at their own game though.

    The key isn't to load up on bigs, 'cause the Lakers bigs will still be better.

    I think teams needs shooters who spread the floor, run and defend.

    The Lakers truly have a weak bench. Shooters can force the Lakers to their bench where they are weak.

    If Phoenix, for example, can force LA to go small to defend the perimeter better, as they sometimes do with Brown, Farmar, Bryant, Odom and Gasol...

    Then they've made the Lakers a small team, and not a great one either.

    The reality is Boozer makes too much, but the Jazz cannot get someone better at his position, so Williams and Boozer are the only certain keepers.

  • JC4
    May 12, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    Even with immense Russian business interest with the new owner of the Nets, the owner isn't going to be able to come in and pull all the triggers on roster decisions. We may have some added leverage, but nothing close to be able to get Lopez. He was a near all star this year, and he is their future. He's basically untouchable to them.

  • Basketballogy
    May 12, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    Believe it or not this season, AK47 is actually pretty attractive to other teams because now he is an "expiring contract."

    Sometimes teams want big, expiring contracts, like when the Lakers traded for Adam Morrison.

    They knew they probably wouldn't play him, but it wasn't the player they were after... it was salary cap space.

    When a team realizes it has a couple of players who aren't the right fit for their teams, but the players have longer contracts, they like the idea of trading them for just 1 player, who won't play either, but whose contract will expire soon so they can release him and have the money to go for someone they think they want.

    This is the year AK47 needs to consistently show his worth, or he'll become trade bait for two younger players with promise.

  • Samwise
    May 12, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    In this case, I definitely agree with Williams and not with Sloan. Hopefully O'Conner will as well. Also, although he has done great things for the Jazz over the years, if Sloan has become content to just make the play offs every year and never contend for a Championship (as he made it sound), then I must say I agree with those who want him gone. I hate to say it because Sloan is a good coach and a great guy. But as a lifelong Jazz fan, I want a coach who wants more then just having "good seasons" and just going to the play offs. Sorry, Jerry.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    Utah needs to improve it's bigs and get better shooters to spread the floor. Actually they need to update the Sloan flex for the 3 point shot, add shooters and get better bigger bigs.

    Just getting the bigs alone will not beat LA. It takes a more flexibility in the approach to beating LA.

    It takes killing one more Sloan bias. Use the 3 to your advantage.

    If Utah has the traditional flex AND an inside out game they can beat most teams but they need the right players.

    The Jazz took a baby step by trading Brewer. Now they need to take a bigger step and replace Boozer with a bigger better defending PF (draft or trade).

    Okur is a big question. But the Jazz have moved beyond the Okur/Booz experiment.

    Sloan will not go but you can control what he does by controlling the players he has to work with.

    The current Jazz are deficient in interior D. They will score enough without Boozer (AK/Millsap at PF). But they will have to get more scoring from other players and positions. That means better shooters and a potent outside shooting option.

    Fix the weaknesses.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    Everyone needs to remember, the Jazz are a pretty good team. We don't need to panic.
    Remember how the Lakers were about 3 yrs ago, Kobe was complaining that Bynum wasn't what he needed. True they went and got Gasol and that was a major accomplishment. If Fes and KK can develop (like Bynum did) and the Jazz draft a long, athletic 4(Udoh,Monroe,Motiejunas), and Tomic comes over in 2011, we will be as long as anyone. We may not be what everyone wants this next year but we will be on our way.
    I like Booz and he is a very good player but he isn't going to get any taller or longer. The same problems we have now we will continue to have if we resign Booz. If Fes develops that problem could be minimized but the cost to resign Booz handicaps the Jazz. I say let's move on, make a few changes and we will be better sooner instead of later.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    DWill said he sees everyone making changes to become better and the Jazz aren't but if you look at it, those who made changes didn't do any better than the Jazz, Dallas exit 1st round, SanAntonio exit 2nd round, Blazers exit 1st round. The Jazz need to make a few minor changes but most of all they need to develop the players they have. If they develop Fes, KK, Tomic and get a long athletic 4 and develop him, they will be as long and athletic as anyone. If they want to help themselves out they need to sign and trade Booz for a couple of wing players that could help out Mathews, CJ and AK.
    Making trades is not that easy and you have to give up something someone else wants. AK could be a valuable trading chip but I hate the thought of getting rid of AK, he does so many things well.

  • Jazzman72
    May 12, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Let Boozer go. Millsap will give similar numbers offensively, and better defense at a discount. AK can play the 4. He had his best year when he played the 4 after Stockton and Malone left. Draft a good 5. Keep Fes and let him continue to develop, unless someone offers him crazy money. Bring back Matthews. He could be our answer at the 2. Get a decent backup for D-Will. Give Jeffers a shot as a backup 2/3.

  • 1tobeamup
    May 12, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    Dear Tuna & the Bug - The new owner of the Nets is Russian, is friends with AK, and has publically expressed his admiration of AK. So while my hoped for trade is unlikely, knowing how much the new owner likes AK, I don't think it's impossible.

  • Chuck Nunn
    May 12, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Big, slow, unskilled, who do those adjectives describe?

    Some guys who post here would say Fesenko in a heartbeat.

    But these are the adjectives used to describe Brook Lopez during pre-draft workouts.

    Playing time makes players better more than anything else they can do.

    Utah should match on Fesenko, no one is going to offer him a deal that the Jazz can't match, and they can likely pick up either one of the better PFs remaining or a project center they can have in store and start working with.

    As to Boozer, if you're not going to pay him to stay, why would you pay the same money on a sign-and-trade for another highly paid player who may or may not help your team? It'd make just as much sense to target one of the other big-name free agents in the market this summer and offer him big money outright.

    Going to be a crazy summer. For the Jazz Oracle, the season never really ends.

  • Anonymous Infinity
    May 12, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Getting key players dinged up and out for even short or extended time is what always dooms the Jazz. As long as the NBA insists on an 82 game season, 7 or 8 exhibition games, and potentially a 28 game postseason teams will continue to break down. Right now we have very few teaching coaches in the league, and too many prima donas who are only thinking about maximizing their contracts, as in have gun will travel. Not very team in the league can have an expectation of winning a championship. The Lakers, Celtics and Chicago have won the majority of championships over the years. Why? They have been able to draft and sign free agents. Bigtime players want to play in the big markets...period. Please quit boring me with these what the Jazz can or should do to assemble a championship team.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    CapL is right this needs to be a 2 year approach.

    DAL makes big changes and they are better on paper but they never really had time to become a cohesive team. They still need to make adjustments.

    CLE may have the same problem. SA never did integrate Jefferson.

    I think keeping Fes and Wes are a no brainers. Fes will get some offense and start putting up 10 points with 10 rebounds by Christmas. DEN and LA are 2 of the best teams. He did okay. 20-30 minutes a night will make him better fast.

    For me the next step is getting the right PF. That may take 2 years. It will be worth the wait. Millsap and AK can cover next year.

    Taking back bad contracts for Booz is worse than letting him go. Get the right players for the right contracts.

    The New CBA is a big elephant. If it has a harder cap in it that changes everything. You can't get caught on the wrong side of that.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Anonymous Infinity: If you don't like talking about different possibilities that could improve the Jazz's chances towards a championship, don't read or participate. It's up to you.

    Re Chuck Nunn: I have agreed with you all year long about Fes, his qualities,& potential, and that he just needs playing time and I still feel that way. If the Jazz will work with him harder and decide he has the potential to be their center of the future, he can be a difference maker within a year(my opinion).
    I think KK will work hard and be a different player next year too and we will have two taller/longer players that can contribute to the success of the team. This year they didn't get the PT they needed.

    As far as Booz and a sign and trade, it wouldn't be of any value to sign and trade him for another player with a similar salary, but you may be able to sign and trade him for two or three young players with smaller salaries and see if they can help or develop. Only necessary if you want to get something for Booz.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    You left out SA. They are small market and have 4 championships. BOS also went from cellar to champ in one year. It took the right moves and a lot of money.

    UT won the West twice. They are fully capable of doing it again.

    If you are bored then find something exciting to do.

  • dakuwaqa
    May 12, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    The draft is not gonna get you a playable "big-man" for 3+years. Luther Wright, Greg Ostertag anyone? Rebounding (or lack thereof) killed the Jazz against the lakers. We were in the first three games...till the last 3-5 min inspite of the rebounding differential.

    Look that the remaining teams LA, Boston,Orlando, Cleveland, and Phoenix. How many big men came as 1st round picks? I don't know for sure myself, but I don't think it's as high as many people think. Gasol, Amare, Verajao, etc.


    The challenge is getting free agents to play in UT.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 5:00 p.m.

    According to Hoopworld DWill called out the Jazz on not getting the players need to get better. The Jazz as an org have not tried that hard.

    DET went the FA route and got a lot worse. FAs are a very tricky business.

    Take up to 5 mill cash and buy another 1st round pick and get the players you need. In the long run it is cheaper to pay the minimum salary for 4 years than to pay an expensive FA.

    So what if it takes 2 years to get the right people in place. At least they will be in place and contending.

    Name one big name player the Jazz can actually get (given the salary cap) that would make any difference.

    You are not getting Amare, Bosh, Wade, Johnson etc. The Jazz are over the cap and can pay them. They are not going to trade Booz or AK for them. Even in a 3 way that would be very difficult.

    Outlaw and Morrow might be options. Love might be if a trade could be worked. Those are the type of players the Jazz will have to work with. Or they can draft.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    KOC is officially doing nothing until the draft is over on FAs. That is very smart. Let's see how the ping pong bounces and if the Jazz get more than one player in the draft and at what position(s).

    Then we will have a bead on FAs.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Re Bugoff : I like a lot of what you say but I'm not too big on Love, he doesn't address our problem of height & length. He is a lot like Booz. He is a good player but he doesn't match up with the length of the Lakers or other tall/long teams.
    I'll be disappointed if the Jazz don't sign Fes and work to develop him.
    I agree it is hard to get the free agents you need, the Jazz are a small market team and not everyone wants to come here. Finances complicate things.
    I think the Jazz have the pieces they need in place, they just need to develop them. They have Fes and KK, tall long post players, they need developing but so would any draft pick. Pick up a tall, long, athletic 4(Udoh)(shot blocker/defender) in the draft, Tomic 7'1 or 7'2, skilled, plays a lot like Gasol,(2011). These players plus DWill, Mathews, CJ, AK, Milsap and the Jazz have a formidable group.

  • Bugoff
    May 12, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    I am searching for possibilities. Thanks for the comments on Love.

    I do have one question for those who think we should keep Booz and for those who think Fes is not good enough next year at C (with some reasons).

    Would you be willing to trade Millsap to POR for Przybilla? The salaries match. POR has too many Cs and Millsap is redunant with Booz.

    I am not saying this is a good idea as Przbilla has a player option next year. So it is more like renting him.

    How about trading for Camby?

    POR might bite on Millsap they won't on Booz.

    Just throwing out an idea here. However, those are the types of deals you are looking at if you want bigger names.

    The Jazz are redundant at undersized PF.

    I like Udoh but Monroe is a (one handed) pit bull and there are a couple of other decent choices at other positions.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    May 12, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    POR does not need Millsap. POR has a young good backup PF in Pendagraph.

    Aldridge is the starting PF in POR. POR is not dumb like Utah and will not pay a backup PF an all-star salary.

    POR really does not have too many Centers, they'll have Oden, Camby and maybe Pryzbilla. POR will let Howard go, and POR will probably keep Pryz just in case a long term or any type of injury hits Oden or Camby. It would be smart for POR to have Oden, Camby, Aldridge, and Pryz to match up with the Lakers. Cuz lets be honest, POR will be really good next year IF they can stay healthy. With those four big giys that gives them a lot of length and height that is needed to win a title.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    Re Bugoff : I like a lot of things you are saying, especially about Fes and his positive effect on the team.
    I can see how you are searching for possibilities that might help the Jazz, but with most of them you are trying to find a quick fix.
    The problem with most people is they can't be patient and work with players and help them develop. It may take 2 or 3 years but I can see the pieces and they look good. Fes, KK, Mathews, CJ, Milsap all young and talented. If Tomic is playing well in Europe, he is another very good piece. Udoh, would bring a tall/long/athletic/defensive/shotblocker and then the Jazz could look to find a player or two to fill in for AK if he leaves.
    I would be real frustrated and disappointed if the Jazz don't sign Fes and work with him to reach his potential. The only problem I see that could make the Jazz not sign him would be his mental toughness and work ethic. I think that can be overcome and the result would be a top notch center.

  • LKA
    May 12, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    I agree with the comments on AK and the nets.I dont think they will let go of Lopez. But if they get #1 and get wall they would let go of Harris. Having D-Will and Harris would be great insurance and th PG position. Harris could also play off-guard. Get rid of Price and have Gaines as the third PG. With AK for Harris They would probably need to throw in Williams or Lee.Yi has been mentioned.Jazz could shuffle him off to the Warriors where there is a great Chineese culture where he would thrive. Pick up Randolf in that trade.This would also leave cap space to re-sign Boozer.

  • UteMan
    May 12, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    I would like to see the Jazz part ways with Boozer and Korver and go out and get Camby from Portland and Lee from New York in free agency. Al Harrington from New York would be another PF option. (NY will have challenges trying to sign both with another high profile player. Tyson Chandler is also a free agent that is similar to Camby, he has been injury prone as of late, but would give the Jazz some needed length at Center.

    This would be ideal if somehow we moved or traded up into the 2-3 spot in the draft and can get Evan Turner to run in the backcourt with D-Will.

  • Captain L
    May 12, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Re UteMan: Camby has already signed with Portland.
    Chandler is an injury waiting to happen.
    Lee is shorter than Booz.
    Harrington plays outside more than inside, not what we need.
    We need to be patient and develop what we have & pick up a long, athletic 4 in the draft.

  • jazzman3030
    May 12, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Let's not forget it is going to cost a few million to sign a lottery pick. These kid's want a few mill before they even touch a ball now days.

    It would be nice to get David Lee from New York. We could have Memo coming off the bench and we could ditch frez and K.k.

  • Stythe
    May 14, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Jazz need a center...but they also need some Slashers/shooters. They need some guys like Luol Deng that can hit shots outside but also can get to the rim. The lakers just don't respect AK,CJ, and Wes...Korver can shoot but he can't drive..which makes him too easy to cover. If Wes continues to improve his shooting he could become a player like that. CJ is a lost cause who will kill me some day! Sign and trade Booz to Chi for DENG! Move AK to 4 and play Deng at 3! Draft a stud shooter/slasher at 2(maybe WES JOHNSON from SYR)
    DERON
    WES JOHNSON
    DENG
    AK
    MEMO
    (Millsap comes off bench)
    NOW WE're talking!
    (Millsap is 1st big off bench)

  • Riot Man
    May 14, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    There are 2 FA C's this upcoming summer: David Lee and Brendan Haywood. Both play solid defense and are decent or better offensively. We have proven we can play without Okur, so he needs to get traded for the best package you can get.

    Free up some cap room for one of those two and pray for the ping pong balls to go our way, and we have the makings for a very nice team the next two years.

    AK, Okur and Boozer are nice possible trade bait, but we NEED some cap room for one of those two. We need a defensive center to cover for Milsap. We made our bed with him, now we have to sleep in it.

  • B Russ
    May 14, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    Great comments on here today. It's good to see that many of you realize that basketball is not just all about offense. You have to make the stops. Especially down in the paint. When I was a young lad and used to cuss Mark Eaton because he couldn't hit a shot from 3 feet away from the basket. Then a wise man ( my father ) told me: " The baskets he stops are far more important than the few points he scores. Why don't you notice what happens to the score when big Mark goes out of the game?" I did and the opposition scored more points than us when Eaton left the floor. I think it is the same with Fesenko. If more of an effort had been made to develop this rare find during the last 2 or 3 years, then there wouldn't be so much doubt as to his ability to contribute.
    I hung in there with C.J. and that seems to be working out O K. I think we should hang in there with the big fella too.

    @ Captian L
    Hey I like Udoh too! Good eye!

  • Captain L
    May 14, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Re B Russ: Thanks, I haven't seen him a lot but what I did see I liked.