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Old 01-13-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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Says he's going back to Russia if there's a lockout.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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He's a FA anyway so it's not like he's under contract and playing elsewhere. It may make negotiations on the off-season a bit more interesting however (If he's even on the team at the end of the year).
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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He would be a big loss as things stand now. He's overpaid but they need him.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:14 AM   #4
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He would be a big loss as things stand now. He's overpaid but they need him.
He's also their most movable asset to get under the luxury tax. Memo's value is non-existent since his injury. I still have a sneaking suspicion that it's either him or Miles that'll get traded in a Eric Maynor type fashion. That's only based off the earlier AK for Boris Diaw rumours, of which I have no idea if there was any sort of truth to or not.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:01 PM   #5
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He's also their most movable asset to get under the luxury tax. Memo's value is non-existent since his injury.

Doubt Okur would have much value anyway. He's highly overpaid for a guy that is one dimensional and ideally a back-up. Hopefully they'll take advantage of his expiring contract next year as they should have last year.

But they haven't shown that kind of foresight. If they'd have traded him or AK for Marion years ago things would be different now. Other teams had interest in Jefferson. They wouldn't get as much back for him as they gave up I'm sure though.

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I still have a sneaking suspicion that it's either him or Miles that'll get traded in a Eric Maynor type fashion.

Miles gets them under the tax? It's the Jazz so them giving him away while making their team worse would come to no surprise despite trying to portray themselves as big spenders these days.

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That's only based off the earlier AK for Boris Diaw rumours, of which I have no idea if there was any sort of truth to or not.

I think the deal was on. Denver backed out. Sounds like a typically bad Jazz move. Prince or Josh Smith for AK sure. Diaw. LOL!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:00 PM   #6
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Jazz's Okur will consider playing in Turkey next season if there's an NBA lockout
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Jazz center Mehmet Okur said following a morning shootaround that he will consider playing in Turkey next season if there is an NBA lockout. However, Okur added that he must first learn all the rules about his current contract with Utah, while the length of a lockout if there is one will be the primary factor affecting his decision.
Okur is under contract with the Jazz through 2012-13. He is set to make $9.4 million this season and $10.8 million next year.


Maybe they'll be able to get out of his deal and let him stay there?
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:45 AM   #7
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Doubt Okur would have much value anyway. He's highly overpaid for a guy that is one dimensional and ideally a back-up. Hopefully they'll take advantage of his expiring contract next year as they should have last year.

But they haven't shown that kind of foresight. If they'd have traded him or AK for Marion years ago things would be different now. Other teams had interest in Jefferson. They wouldn't get as much back for him as they gave up I'm sure though.



Miles gets them under the tax? It's the Jazz so them giving him away while making their team worse would come to no surprise despite trying to portray themselves as big spenders these days.



I think the deal was on. Denver backed out. Sounds like a typically bad Jazz move. Prince or Josh Smith for AK sure. Diaw. LOL!
Trading for Marion would only have been a smart move financially if you let him walk. Otherwise if you sign him to the type of deal the Mavs gave him, you're paying $8-9 million until 13/2014 for a guy past his prime. It's OK in Dallas because Cuban is a billionaire and he's playing behind Butler, but he'd most likely be a started in Utah.

They only gave up a 1st rounder and Kofus for Jefferson, so they might not get the draft pick back, but they could get a decent player. However with the upcoming lockout, there probably wouldn't be many teams willing to take on a big long term deal like Jefferson's.

Trading Miles doesn't get them under the cap, but Utah's cap is very top heavy, other then Milsap they don't have anyone making the $7-8 million range to get them under it. Trading Milsap would be crazy, so apart from AK, he's the next movable piece.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:35 PM   #8
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Trading for Marion would only have been a smart move financially if you let him walk.

They probably wouldn't have payed luxury tax the past two years, could have carried a full roster instead of going cheap and not given Maynor away so it was the move to make at the time.

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Otherwise if you sign him to the type of deal the Mavs gave him, you're paying $8-9 million until 13/2014 for a guy past his prime. It's OK in Dallas because Cuban is a billionaire and he's playing behind Butler, but he'd most likely be a started in Utah.

Considering he's arguably the best defender in the league he'd be worth every penny. He led the league last year in I believe it was fewest points scored by his opponent and considering he's usually guarding the best 2,3's and 4's that's impressive. He lost his touch from 3 but still has a lot going on. He's certainly earning his money more than the AK's/Al's and Okur's of the world are.

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They only gave up a 1st rounder and Kofus for Jefferson

2 firsts plus a former 1st.

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Maybe? The way he's played in a system where he should thrive hasn't helped his value I'm sure.

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Trading Milsap would be crazy, so apart from AK, he's the next movable piece.

Would be crazy since he's easily their 2nd best player but with Jefferson around it makes little sense to have 2 guys who do basically the same things. Anyone that has seen the Clipps of late know that they have to trade Kaman now. Millsap and Griffin make a lot more sense for them and the Jazz get the center they've never had in their history.

Trading Miles or AK makes them weak at an already thin position. Price is not a regular rotation player.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:59 PM   #9
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AK to Nets if they don't get Anthony which seems likely since it doesn't sound like he would sign extension there. Could be a good trade partner considering all the assets they are willing to deal for Carmelo.

Get a third team involved to take Harris and the Jazz could throw in AK's buddy Okur and Jefferson maybe to replace Billups and Hamilton in the current deal. Or maybe Hamilton/Murphy/young talent/picks/cash/trade exception to the Jazz?

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Old 01-20-2011, 05:58 PM   #10
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With NJ out of the Carmelo sweepstakes AK to the Nets ought to heat up. Hopefully the Jazz don't blow this one.
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