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Utah Jazz: California transplants hope to find steady roles in Utah

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    This is a real quandary. I guess it would be cool if the ex Warrior players could reach their formal level of play, but it is absolutely essential that the young guys get big minutes to see where they fit in for the future. From what I've seen from Corbin I am worried that he will begin to rely too much on these Warrior veterans hoping it will give is more W's in the win/loss column. In my opinion the wins are not important this year compared to developing our young guys and building in the draft and free agency next year.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 3, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    I wish Biedrins, Jefferson, Rush well, but only Rush is likely to be on the team next year; that is if he returns to some semblance of the player he was before he got injured.

    Win or lose, I am looking forward to watching the Jazz play this season. They likely won't make the playoffs, but I'm okay with that; especially if they end up with someone like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon in the loaded 2014 draft.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Biedrins really is young enough to play well and reignite his career. Its not like his is some geriatric or something. Literally he is in his NBA prime in terms of age.

    Hopefully a new start will be what he needs because he was a decent player back when had some confidence. He will never be some bulky force inside but he is a mobile big man and I think our style will be uptempo so he should have some opportunity in a backup role. Gobert needs to beef up a learn how to use his body at the NBA level. He is long but he is really going to get pushed around. Eventually he should be a huge asset though.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    The salary structure for the NBA is bizarre. To pay, 11,9,4 million for this trio is head scratching. However, these are vets that will bridge the gap for the young players that the Jazz are developing. Actually, so far so good. We shall see what happens once the season starts. At least we know that the Jazz won't go winless.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 3, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    @JBQ

    "To pay, 11,9,4 million for this trio is head scratching." JBQ

    Agreed ... I guess some teams just can't control their pocketbooks. But then again, now that I think about it, that's exactly what the Jazz are paying this year ... for that trio.

    Of course, there is a difference. The Jazz get to clear 24 million off the books at the end of the season with an eye towards re-signing their own core players.