So what we can gather from this article, is that even with millions of dollars
to spend, the Jazz can't close the deal on even a B list basketball
player.I really hate the place pro sports is at right now. This is a
team with a super talented core and a bright future- and not to mention big
piles of money that they'd like to give away- but yet they will never
attract superior ballers. Is this cause SLC is a 'small
market'? I will never understand what this means. I was under the
impression that a 100 dollar bill is worth the same amount in Salt Lake as it is
in New York, but perhaps I'm mistaken.Very frustrating
circumstances. And unless the very culture of pro sports has a sudden paradigm
shift, the Jazz will never be championship contenders again.
@sockpupet, KOC made the comment yesterday that the Jazz are going to be patient
because the 1st 4 or 5 day signings favor the players so there are no bargains.
I think that has more to do with the Jazz not getting top free agents than them
not wanting to come to Utah. I don't think Utah has even made a single
The top teir players need to make their decisions before the others can kinda
follow, like Big Al, he may want to go to Dallas if Howard says no to them and
if so then maybe a sign and trade could take place and the Jazz could take some
productive but older players with only one yr left on their contracts and that
would keep the Jazz in the financial position they are in now and hope for
Favors, Kanter and Hayward to develop to the point they draw some FA's here
next year. I hear Carters contract is 1 yr 3 mil and Marion's is high at
9 mil but it's also for only 1 yr and they both can still play. They may
not want to come to Utah but you never know.
@Captain Li agree with you...i think they are being patient because
they have bird rights to Big Al...that means...they can acquire talent via sign
and trade...either talent or contracts that are in their final year...for future
cap relief...think about it...if Al decides to go to charlotte...Utah can then
have a sign and trade deal done...and get Ben Gordon who is in his final
year...and grab another Big...if Big Al decides to go to the Mavs...maybe we
could work out a sign and trade with them for expiring contracts...plus there
are still players that have yet to get offers...Corey Brewer...Mareese
Spreights...i think they are being wise...rather than over committing they are
weighing each possible options they might have...
@sockpuppetThere is a difference playing in the big markets. A $100
is the same either way but the big markets are where all the TV and big
endorsement deals are. Some athletes make more money in endorsements than they
do playing their sport. I read both Houston and LA have big TV deals in store
for Howard to try to persuade him to play in those cities. Plus, it's where
all the celebs hank out and that is attractive to a lot of players too.
@sockpuppetMoney is money; however, there is more of it to be made
in big market cities. Why? Because of the endorsement deals that Pro athletes in
those cities can get. Sure, the Utah Jazz can (in most cases) match the money
that is paid to an NBA player. What they can't match are the endorsement
deals and the perceived lifestyle advantages a big city has.Someone
like LeBron or Kobe can make millions of dollars endorsing shoes, clothing
lines, etc.. Even mid-level players can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a
year endorsing products in a big market city. However, in Utah they just
can't make that kind of money. The market (city size, population, number of
TVs, etc.) won't support it.I would be willing to bet that
Deron Williams' endorsement deals in Brooklyn far exceed anything he ever
earned in Utah. It puts Utah at a disadvantage, but it's something every
NBA player takes into consideration when they are being wooed by an NBA
Wow. Nice job Jazz front office. Let one of your best players (big Al) walk
without offering him a deal, and set your sights on... Chris Copeland???? Yeah
that is quite the move. Don't bother getting O.J. Mayo, or Monta Ellis...
that would be too easy.
The hypocrisy of Jazz fans never ceases to amaze me. They want them to run out
and sign the marquee players, or even the top B list players, then the season
after they do it they are whining about the horrible decision to sign them with
these bad contracts.The Jazz are busy NOT trying to repeat an AK 47
contract debacle yet here everyone is criticizing them for being wise and
prudent. All these guys that have gone or on the verge of going are all getting
longer term bigger pay days by teams who are desperate to get some name player
on their team.Korver? $24 million? Are you kidding? What a
horrific signing for a one trick pony player who is shut down every single
playoff because he has absolutely zero mobility to create his own shot.The top tier players are all getting overpaid because of desperation and there
is not a single one available that is going to do diddly to make the Jazz
roster, as currently constituted, a contender.People need to get a
grip and stop spewing hypocrisy.The Jazz are winning nothing next
season while going young. Get used to it.
Al Jefferson to Charlotte for 3 years, $41 million. Wow. Just wow. Michael j.
is as inept in the front office as he was great on the court.
I'm wondering if this youth movement is a cover for tanking the season for
next draft. Obviously the jazz just want to hit the minimum salary this year and
aren't going after any difference makers in free agency. Offer Bynum a max
contact one year rental and hit the minimum salary and have him help favors and
@jazzfan13i would not want to get Bynum....he might not play for
that lone year...
@Brahmabullits fine to have Al Jeff walk...who would you want in
Charlotte anyway?...unless you are going for their picks...which i dont think
they will give...and the bobcats can outright sign Al Jeff without having to
talk to us...because Al Jeff is a free agent...i dont see any reason
to panic...its just too early...of course big names would be gone...but...you
can still get quality players without the names like Tyreke Evans...Monta
Ellis...Andrew Bynum...these guys will demand a lot of money...you can get 2
guys that would play quality minutes and give quality production than these
guys...Bynum has weak knees...and is not known for work ethic...Monta Ellis and
Tyreke needs the ball in their hands to be effective...both are volume
shooters...here are some guys that are still available...Alan Anderson,Mareese
Spreights, Paul Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Anthony
Morrow, Corey Brewer, Jason Maxiell, Carl Landry, Tyler Hansbrough, Corey
Brewer, Earl Clark, Austin Daye, Samuel Dalembert, JJ Hickson...and a lot
more....so why is everyone on panic mode because there are few to zero moves
I'm quite pleased with letting Al walk. We need to build for the future
and let the young guys develop. If we are ever going to have a chance to
contend it would be through the young guys not through Big Al. If we tank this
season and can score another young talented player (as next years draft is
suppose to be stacked) it will be great for the Jazz's future.