Well, it seems as if the Jazz are going to do very little this off-season. Hart will stay because he picked up his option. CJ will be around as long as he isn’t given an insane contract by anyone else. Booze will be the starting PF next year… even if the Jazz lose him for nothing after the season.
The team added a rookie, and that’s it. They’ll potentially call up their guys from the NBDL… though there isn’t space for everyone. That’s 15 players… so 3 of them will either have to be “inactive” or down in the NBDL.
The question is… is that good or bad? I know many people think we should trade Booze simply so that the Jazz don’t just lose him (like they lost Raja Bell a couple years back). No one seems to think the same for Okur, who can also opt out (is it because they’re more certain he’ll be back?).
Anyhow… the team is sitting still.
The Clippers have added Baron Davis.
They could resign Elton Brand, or he could end up in Golden State.
Corey Maggette could end up with the Spurs.
The Warriors are also shopping Al Harrington (for a PG?), and could potentially be offered Shawn Marion for Monta Ellis.
The Lakers will only get stronger with Andrew Bynum coming back.
The Hornets, like the Jazz, are young and will be improving. But there will be changes on their bench.
The Suns will be different. How much (and for better or worse?) is still to be seen.
The Blazers have a ton of talent, and if they put it together they’ll be dangerous.
Minnesota could surprise… or they could still suck.
Seattle Bennett’s Backstabbers still seem to be a couple of years away.
Dallas & Houston will also be in contention… and Memphis could be too if stocking up on young guards is a way to compete.
So, amidst all that happening in the West, will the same Jazz team as last year (with everyone an year older and a 19 year-old rookie added in)… a team that finished 5th in the West and was wiped out in the 2nd round due to the disappearance of a star and the philosophy that playing “physical” (aka fouling) is a great strategy (it’s not)… will that team be able to realistically compete for a championship next year?
That’s what KOC is going to have to answer. My thoughts are obvious and plastered throughout the blog. Thoughts on this? Am I being to concerned about other teams moves? Should the Jazz be looking to make a (semi-)big deal?