I appreciate the tremendous effort of these four lads.
Good article. The only thing I would add is I'm hoping that KOC is
interested in free agent Goran Dragic. He isn't as young as the fledgling
foursome members, but he just turned 26. Even if the Jazz get Golden
State's pick in the draft, Dragic might be as good an all-around point as
any in the draft. Hard to say, though, since I've only read about the
I agree that these four are the future of the Jazz and should be protected.
However, we need to build from there and bring in other equally young athletic
players, particularly a point guard, so they can learn to play together. The
other need is for them to get minutes on the floor. Our aging starters will
never bring us to compete at the elite level of the NBA, so we need to replace
those who have the potential to do so.
Agree with Scalman, Dragic would be a great pick up to work with these young
guys. He's got some experience, still young and could really fit in.
Hoping these four work as hard over the summer as they've said they will.
Easy to see this being a solid foundation that could actually be together for a
The Jazz will never be able to keep all four players long term. I predict that
at least one, if not two of them, will be gone within two years.
Dragic is going to command Devin Harris level salary- how the the Jazz get him?
It would require a trade of either Al, Sap or Harris. At Mark from
Montana, I guarantee that all four of these guys will be here two years from
now. Hayward and Favors are under contract for the next two years and Kanter
and Burks the next three years. The Jazz need at least one reliable
shooter and need to let Sap or Al go so as to open the door for Favors to start.
I like the thought of Al to Philly for Iggy (who has 2 more years
on his contract). Favors plus Sap is a top 5 defense, and Iggy will make it
even better. Iggy can also score, and will be a great influence/teacher for
Hayward and Burks. With this lineup, CJ, Bell, and Howard can be replaced.
Harris would do much better with this lineup as well.
Trade Al for Iggy and that solves 90% of the problems the next 2 years.
Trade Al Jefferson anywhere we can. I'm so tired of watching him standing
there with the ball while the defense sets up, then the double team, then the
triple team and watching him force up a shot. No doubt he has good
footwork and can score but he makes nobody on the team better and nobody ever
benefits from the double and triple teams so what is the point.Harris is #2 on my list who needs to go. Another player that does not make
anyone better and at the PG position that is a fail. He never makes great
passes. He either races down the floor for a layup or he shoots a 3. His
assists are few and far between and that is a no-go for the Jazz system. We
have alot of athletic players who need to get the ball in position to score and
that is not his specialty. He just fits better on a team who wants a scoring PG
and a mediocre passer. Tinsleys passing makes Harris look weak and that is a
problem.As far as the core four I agree. Lets see what they can
do.Kanter is ? though.
If Favors learns just half of Al Jefferson's post moves, he's going to
be unbelievable. He's also collects rebounds like few players I've
seen and he's also turning into a great shot blocker. We all know we need
outside shooting to help open up the inside game, but I suspect that is in the
works. I think we do what San Antonio has done, and simply teach everyone to
shoot the uncontested three-pointer. Then they simply can't pack in the
@LAJazzFanI'd rather trade Al Jeff + Harris for Eric Gordon +
future 1st round draft picks and some filler players(probably Jason Smith or
Kaman?) ...Eric Gordon is a legit scoring threat...even after coming off an
injury...he can still explode for 20 - 30 a game...i think he has a more
realiable outside shot than iggy...although iggy...is a better all around
player...but he doesnt score as much now than he was before...we need a little
offensive push...if they cant get dragic...and this trade happens...they better
groom burks to be the PG of the future...i think he can do it...