The inclusion of Jones in the workout is an interesting one for this early in the process, as multiple mock drafts peg him as a possible pick late in the first round. Typically Utah doesn't work out such players until closer to the draft.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Jones averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Longhorns last season.
Less is more for Deron Williams, who has thrived since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers midseason.
In just over 20 minutes per game, D-Will has upped his true shooting percentage in his new role as a secondary creator. A reliable catch-and-shoot sniper, Williams still has enough bounce to attack an off-balance closeout and make a play.
He's not a starter anymore, and he needs good shooters around him. But Williams can still contribute.
That's what I was saying. He might be great as the back-up next year
Milos Teodosic is a slithery ball-handler who reads the floor as well as anyone in the NBA. Already 30 years old, Teodosic's total failure to compete on defense and waning athleticism mean he's only viable against weak second units.
I guess that is why the Spurs aren't interested. I'm guessing the Jazz neither. The clip is pretty impressive there though!
Mills' size limits his defensive versatility. So he needs a backcourt partner capable of checking either guard spot—pretty much exactly like Danny Green.
Mills is also much more of a scorer than facilitator, so he's best utilized in an offense with a primary ball-handler at another position—like Kawhi Leonard.
Funny how the San Antonio Spurs figure these things out, isn't it?
That's not to say Mills can't be successful elsewhere. After shooting over 38 percent from distance in five of his six seasons with the Spurs, his quick-trigger game will fit anywhere. And his dogged, high-energy defense against point guards will travel well, too, if he chooses to leave on a contract that could reach $10-12 million per year.
Imagine him playing off the ball for the Utah Jazz, or firing up treys for the Philadelphia 76ers as Ben Simmons runs the offense. There are fits out there beyond San Antonio.
Whether as a super sub or part of a first unit in a carefully constructed situation, Mills is a good bridge to our next tier of point guards, all of whom profile as definite starters.
Sounds good but you got to think the Spurs will keep him with Parker on the downside
Based on the failure to reach an agreement on a three-year, $88 million extension during the year (because Hill believed he could do better by waiting), it's a safe bet they'll have to.
We don't know that the Jazz offered the full amount first off. Based on his playoffs I wouldn't give him that much or even close to it but still not sure how much his toe is affecting him. If they think they can get the Hill from early in the year than I'm in!
Lowry is bound to get his max in terms of average annual value wherever he signs, but it's not a given he'll ink a true "max" deal worth either $205 million over five years with the Toronto Raptors or four years and $152 million someplace else.
If Toronto doesn't want him I do!
if the Clippers give him five years and $205 million, they'll be overpaying at the end of that deal.
Charles Oakley says Carmelo Anthony needs to run like hell from the Knicks this off-season … claiming he simply deserves better. Oakley was at the BTIG charity event in NYC on Tuesday when he told us straight up, “I think he just needs to get out of New York.” Oak says he believes Melo still has a lot left in the tank — but it’ll go to waste unless he goes to a team, like OKC, Utah or the L.A. Clippers. – via TMZ.com
George Washington’s best scorer and rebounder, Tyler Cavanaugh, has pre-draft workouts lined up with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, among other teams, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com before his agent, Keith Glass, confirmed Friday. Cavanaugh will workout for the Jazz, who are in a first-round playoff series with the L.A. Clippers, this weekend. The Spurs just ended their first-round series in six games with the Memphis Grizzlies. – via CSNMidAtlantic
Chris Reichert: The NBA D-League sent out some interesting nuggets for the 2016-17 season. Here they are… There were a record 92 NBA players assigned to the D-League this season and a record 479 total assignments. A total of 199 D-League alumni finished the 2016-17 season on an NBA roster. There are 4 NBA coaches who are D-League alums in Dave Joerger (Kings), Quin Snyder (Jazz), Earl Watson (Suns) & Luke Walton (Lakers). There were a total of 39 2016 NBA draft picks who spent time in the D-League and 17 first round picks. – via Twitter Chris_Reichert
So is it time for the Jazz to send heir first to the D-league instead of the rotation?
The NBA has enlisted 17 of its 30 teams to participate in the upcoming NBA 2K League, a joint project between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, it was announced Thursday morning. The NBA 2K league will debut in 2018, and will feature the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. Each team has agreed to participate for three years, worth about $750,000 per team, sources told ESPN.com. – via ESPN