I like everything I'm hearing about our new coach. I also like that the
players seem to like him. That is always important when it's time to resign
a player at the end of his contract. If they really enjoy the coaching staff it
increases the chances they will stay here.
What happened with John Luccas III? His name was not mentioned as a player being
cut. He was one of 4 players with non-guaranteed contracts - the other 3 are
going to Vegas. Will he continue on the team as a player with a non-guaranteed
contract, or has he been advised the Jazz are not interested in giving him a
contract? If someone knows, please post the answer. Thanks.
I guess I will answer my own question. Here is a quote from the Deseret News,
Jody Genessy:"The Jazz are signaling that they won’t waive
John Lucas III‘s non-guaranteed contract for next season, according to
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News (Twitter link). Still, the Jazz can cut Lucas
anytime before opening night without paying him any of the $1.6MM he’s set
to make in 2014/15, and that salary won’t become fully guaranteed until
the league wide guarantee date in January."
I think Lucas the 3rd is still in the Jazz plans as of now but that could
change, he is a vet and not a part of the summer league, those names of players
cut are players cut from the summer league team. The Jazz will be continueing to
talk and look for opportunities to pick up players they think will help the
team, so who knows how that will pan out but until they actually pick up someone
to take John Lucas's place he is still in the mix. I think the Jazz may be
looking at Clark as a back up point too and that could change things. They
usually like a vet point guard to mentor the youngs, so Lucas could stick.
this is only the summer league roster not the regular season
Should be an interesting game tonight...I'll be watching Gobert and Exum
especially. Wonder if any current Jazzmen will be supporting the young squad
like Hayward did during last summer league. New coach, with his San Antonio Spur
like philosophy stressing defense and ball movement, looks to be a welcome
And watching Rodney Hood, too...seeing how well he dribbles, moves towards the
basket with the ball. I get the impression he could be much more than a spot up
Wouldn't it be great if Hayward, Favors, Burks and Kanter were all
courtside for tonight's game.
What's not to like about the Utah Jazz situation right now..a new young
coach with a new philosophy who stresses defense, several young high draft
picks, apparently no detractor type players. As Hot Rod Hundley used to say
before he adopted Karl Malone's change of wording, "you gotta love it.
baby". Even the Jerry Sloan haters ought to be excited now, with the new
coach and all of the young talent on the Jazz team. Looks like the coach will
give everyone a chance to play, provided they earn their playing time. Hopefully
no preferred status for the older guys. I am excited, way beyond any time since
the Stockton'Malone finals years.
Washburn???? Seriously, he wasn't even a top quality college player on a
poor team. Is this what the jAzz have fallen to?