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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 TurnerSecond Tier - Favors and CousinThird
Tier - Monroe, Johnson, Davis, Aldrich, Aminu, Patterson, HenryPretty 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
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.
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.
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.
No way on earth the Nets would give up Lopez. Not even a slight chance.
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 withsome second rounder is not what
Williams is proposing.
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.
Kirilenko for that Lopez kid....maybe that is the way to go...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)DERONWES JOHNSONDENGAKMEMO(Millsap comes off
bench)NOW WE're talking!(Millsap is 1st big off bench)
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.
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
Re B Russ: Thanks, I haven't seen him a lot but what I did see I liked.