The Jazz, however, find themselves in a similar spot on that front. While I’m not saying that either Mitchell or Gobert will be as good as Antetokounmpo, the fact of the matter is that the Jazz have not one, but two stars that they’ve acquired in the draft that are still growing and improving. The first step to becoming a small market team to rise to the top is drafting well and growing talent organically.
The next step is to build around your best player as the Bucks have. 4 plus years and we only saw a brief glimpse of that in Utah and than it was back to 1980.
The Jazz don’t have quite the depth of the Bucks, but they’re checking a lot of these boxes as well. The trade for Jae Crowder paid significant dividends, as did the one for Kyle Korver before his disappearance in the playoffs this year. Utah has developed players such as Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale and even Donovan Mitchell himself exceptionally.
now they aren't deep?
Where the Jazz are lacking is in the quality of trades that the Bucks have been able to pull off, and the Jazz likely need one more home run draft pick, such as Milwaukee got with Brogdon, to really take off. This summer could see Utah make a few of those key trades. And perhaps someone like Dante Exum or Grayson Allen will still be able to take a leap. It’s too young into either of their careers to know for sure.
how many 10's of millions before we know about Dante?
Fortunately for the Jazz, they have just that in head coach Quin Snyder. Snyder has improved the Jazz significantly from when he took over. And despite a few hiccups here and there, such as Gordon Hayward leaving, injuries or a slow start for Donovan this year, he’s continually had them on the up and up.
Without Rudy they have sucked but keep telling yourself how great everything is
Who’s to say that the Jazz couldn’t follow suit? If not immediately next year, at least to some extent? Had they been able to patch up some of their weaknesses at this past year’s trade deadline, they may have very well been able to challenge the Houston Rockets and others much more than they were able to. And let’s not forget that Mitchell is just 22 years old, two years younger than Giannis, and while Gobert is 26, he’s certainly still improving.
Rudy could be gone in two years. But at least they'll have cap space to sign Exum to a new deal!
With reports emerging furiously that the Utah Jazz are revisiting trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire point guard Mike Conley, it’s hard to not get excited about the prospect. All indications show that the Jazz front office is very high on the prolific guard and it’s not hard to see why.
but why are they even higher on Exum is what you should be asking
For example, one of the toughest dilemmas may be whether or not the Jazz opt to improve first and foremost via trade or free agency. If trade is the best option, there is already ample speculation that the Jazz will be going hard after Mike Conley. Adding a player of Conley’s caliber would be an exciting addition. However, it wouldn’t quite as thrilling as landing a free agent of the ilk of someone like Kemba Walker, Tobias Harris or arguably D’Angelo Russell.
depends on what they have to give up for Conley. I think 4 is their biggest need but Conley is the best fit out there. Russell certainly doesn't excite me at all
In other words, if the Jazz put all their eggs in the free agent basket, they could very well miss trade opportunities on draft night. If that was followed by striking out in free agency, that could result in a catastrophic summer. On the other hand, if the Jazz go ahead an make a big trade, such as dealing for Conley, during the draft, that would essentially be their lone big move shutting the door on any impactful free agent signings.
how will they do this? They could agree to something than but the best chance of doing something will be with cap space.
As I said, talk about a tough dilemma facing Dennis Lindsey and the rest of Jazz brass. Fortunately, as emphasized in a recent ********* article by Alex Kennedy, in this day and age free agent discussions absolutely take place well before they’re technically supposed to as agents and teams will start communicating as early as the NBA Draft Combine, which is going on currently. As such, hopefully the Jazz can have some sort of idea where they stand in the free agent mix before pulling the trigger on anything earth-shattering.
Almost as hard as giving up the 3 guys who most needed to go
With such being the case, a segment of Jazz fans may get giddy about the prospect of a trade that sends Favors to LA while bringing former University of Utah standout Kyle Kuzma back to Salt Lake City. There’s some logic in this appeal as Kuzma is a better floor-stretcher and playmaker than Favors and could very well fit that elusive ideal power forward model the Jazz have been looking for.
they aren't getting Kuzma for him
However, in spite of Kuzma’s sexy style of play and flashy numbers, I would hesitate to put him as an upgrade over Derrick Favors who has been absolutely phenomenal in Utah despite oftentimes limited opportunities. Favors can grind with the best of them and isn’t afraid to do the dirty work. He’s a defensive monster, something which Kuzma lacks, and is a commanding post presence and rebounder.
Kuzma fits. Favors doesn't
What the Jazz decide to do with guys like Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio (assuming he doesn’t just walk) and tradeable players like Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder and others is going to be both fascinating and nerve-wracking to watch. The Lakers are certain to not be the only team interested in Favors and other Jazzmen, meaning that we could certainly see Utah pursue and consider a number of options this summer.
It's the Jazz. How nerve racking can it be. They will change very little and it will show in their results next year. Bye Rudy
Here’s what The Athletic’s Tony Jones wrote on the subject in response to a fan question on Twitter: “The front office loves Conley so if the right trade is there they aren’t going to hesitate to make it.”
They love Exum too sadly. What a bunch of losers and they get promoted for it! The perfect trade was there. The 3 guys they most needed to get rid of for the guy they most needed How much more perfect does it get? Certainly don't see how it gets better now
Ricky Rubio is set to hit free agency, as are Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh. Meanwhile, Derrick Favors‘ deal for next season is currently non-guaranteed and Dante Exum‘s value has definitely taken a hit with his most recent injury.
The bigger problem with Dante is that Memphis has a new GM. Hard to imagine that there's 3 front offices that like Exum and his contract and game
They have cap space. Rather Allen, Bradley, Goss, picks, cash, cap space/trade exception is enough we will find out. Got to think there's better offers for him out there
Re: 2019 off-season- Bring back the same group for more of the same?
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz interviewed the following at the Draft Combine, league sources tell The Athletic: Grant Williams, Nassir Little, Naz Reid, Eric Paschall, PJ Washington, KZ Okpala, Dylan Windler – via Twitter Tjonesonthenba
Re: 2019 off-season- Bring back the same group for more of the same?
Tim Bontemps: Former Suns coach Igor Kokoskov recently interviewed for the vacant Memphis Grizzlies coaching job, sources told ESPN. Kokoskov was fired last month after one season in Phoenix. – via Twitter TimBontemps