Just in case you were worried that the Jazz might forget that they had reached the roster limit (15 players) and might accidentally sign a 16th guy, KOC came out to let you know that it ‘probably’ won’t happen.
“We’re done with signing probably any free agents,” O’Connor said, “but we’re certainly not done continuing to look at working our roster to improve ourselves.”
I don’t understand the inclusion of the “probably” in there… first, the team has to be done (they’ve reached the max) and second, it makes for a very ugly sentence.
“There’s conversations going on daily,” O’Connor said.
That’s probably dealing with trades, no? On that topic, there is this article from RealGM. While the main focus is on Nenad Krstic heading to Russia (which he has since done), it is something else that could be of interest to Jazz fans…
New Jersey is heavy on forwards, and according to the article Sean Williams and Stromile Swift are believed to be on the trading block.
I posted a fanpost about this over at SLC Dunk… here’s what I said then…
Using the RealGM trade checker, a straight-up deal could be Swift for Harpring. They’d probably want a 1st rounder or something (after all, it is Harpring)… the Jazz don’t have a 1st rounder in 2009 (to the Sixers in the Korver trade)… not sure about 2nd rounders. The Jazz have a couple of 1st rounders in 2010… I highly doubt they use the Knicks one though. Swift’s contract expires after the season, No Knees has 1 year left after the season.
Sean Williams could go straight up for Price or Brewer, though I don’t see the Jazz doing that. Price is in the last year of his contract, Brewer has 1 year left on his rookie contract. Another option would be Williams for Almond & Fesenko, though I’m not sure if the Jazz would want to part with both of them, though Williams could/would be a shot-blocking presence inside.
Another option is a combo-deal… Harpring, Flop & picks as need be for Swift & Williams. Not sure if the Nets would want another Collins though… they just got rid of theirs last year (for Swift, no less).
Sean Williams comes in at 6’10, and averaged 5.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 bpg in 73 games last year (17.5 mpg). He shot 53.8% from the field and 60.9% from the line. There are some off-court issues from his college days though.
Stromile Swift got 6.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.0 bpg in 56 games last year (15.1 mpg). Over his career, he’s averaged 8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.2 bpg. He shot 50.9% from the field last year, raising his career average to 47.4%. His career FT% is 70.3%, though he was at 67% last year.
The thing is, if you look at the Nets depth chart right now, what they really seem to need is a PG. They have 7 wings (and we think we have a problem), 4 4’s, and 3 5’s. So maybe they wouldn’t want Almond or No Knees or Flop or Fesenko though. Would Price or Knight be enough? And would it be worth it on our end to give up our back-up PG (who has shown the ability to spell Deron effectively) to get another “big”?
I’m just guessing here though… who knows what they want.
Thoughts? Ideas? Opinions? Am I out of my mind?
I’m still holding out hope, but there are some issues to clear up. First, can Knight be traded in a combo-deal? I’m not sure, but there might be restrictions due to the fact that the Jazz just acquired him. I know we have to wait 30 or whatever days from the day he was acquired or something, but yeah. Second… the Jazz can’t trade their own 2010 first rounder, because you can’t trade 1st rounders in consecutive years. So it would have to be a 2011 pick, if the Nets demanded a first rounder.
Even then though, and even with Sean Williams’ off-court issues in college, I’d make an offer. He’d be an immediate upgrade defensively in the middle, and is still fairly young. So… do the Nets & Jazz match up?