Chad Ford on night of 2013 Draft - ”Felix made his mark as an athletic defender. He really impressed teams in workouts. He’s a really nice player in the second round who could end up as a rotation player.”
Eric Musselman, Arizona State associate head coach when Felix was at Arizona State, from SB Nation
He’s a great, great leader. Not a good leader but a great leader. Our team was leaderless other than coach [Herb] Sendak so he was the voice that, starting in the preseason when we did conditioning and stuff, he just kind of took the whole team and wrapped his arms around the whole group and pulled them. He didn’t lead by just voice, he led by example. And I thought he just did a phenomenal job of getting our team to believe and that was a lot of the reason for the big turnaround this year was his leadership.
He’s going to make the Cavaliers’ practices good in January and February when it’s kind of hard to still be into it mentally. He never has a bad day, he’s always smiling. He’s serious and yet understands, he lights up the room with his smile. Even after a loss, he’s just got a great disposition about himself.
Putting on an NBA uniform is really important to him. And he’s not going to take it for granted. And he’ll do all the dirty work. It’s not often you’ll see a senior carry the equipment bags in and out of hotels. That’s the type of kid he is. He’ll just pick up a bag and carry it in. He’s egoless and his game’s egoless on the floor. He believes in doing things the right way and because of all that he’s going to find his niche in the NBA.
His season was derailed by a stress fracture of his left patella (knee cap) sidelining him for 8 weeks on January 29th.
He played 9 D-league games as well, scoring 11pts, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing 2 assists while shooting 46% and hitting 33% of his three’s.
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown last year, said Felix “is a young guy that brings a ton of energy and tries to play the game the right way. He’s a guy who can get extra possessions, who knows how to defend and he’s a great runner in transition.”
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM CARRICK FELIX?
Felix is going to a part of the Utah Jazz. His contract is guaranteed at 816,482 dollars next year. He has a 4 year contract with the next two years non-guaranteed.
Felix adds depth to the wing positions where the Jazz were a bit thin. With Hayward, Burks and Hood the Jazz needed a 4th wing player. Rodney Hood showed in summer league that he is ready for playing time and a rotation spot. Hood’s performance changed the Jazz approach to another wing player. The Jazz have opened that door for Hood and Felix is insurance.
The Jazz scouts have had an eye on Felix and like his defensive mindset, his ability to rebound and believe he can shoot the three. He is not an offensive playmaker with the ball in his hands. This is an opportunity for the Jazz to add a player they like and believe has a chance to develop into a rotational piece.
I wouldn’t expect a great deal of playing time for Felix unless injuries give him opportunities.
I'd say he has a shot at rotation minutes.
WHY DID THE JAZZ TRADE THESE PLAYERS?
The Jazz gave up two who weren’t going to be on the roster next year and a third who was very unlikely. John Lucas was not returning as the backup point guard.
But it sounded like he was returning.
Eric Murphy after a disappointing summer league was not going to get his guarantee on August 1st.
Malcolm Thomas had a very strong summer league and was expected to be at training camp for the Jazz. However, the Jazz have a duplicate at the position with Jeremy Evans. Evans is guaranteed the final year of his contract next season and his experience gives him the edge at this position.
Thomas was going to have a hard time making the team. With 6 bigs already on the roster, Favors, Kanter, Gobert, Booker, Novak and Evans it is hard to see the Jazz carrying a 7th big,
They could definitely carry another big if they see Evans playing some 3.
If Thomas were to make the team the Jazz would probably have to trade or cut Evans. With Evans guaranteed 1.7 million and Thomas at 1 million, then you end up with a choice of Evans at 1.7 or Thomas at 2.7 (the two contracts combined) . Strange how it works, but the numbers were against Thomas.
Talent was too. Jeremy proved himself last year. Thomas hasn't.
The Jazz received a player they like who is going to play for them next year and a 2nd round pick in exchange for three players who were not going to play for them next season.
WHY DID THE CAVALIERS MAKE THIS TRADE?
Gives the Cavs some more flexibility and gives them some tradable chips that non guaranteed contracts. The rule of aggregation means the Cavs can’t put these three players together in a deal for a period of time (maybe 2 months). However, they could add Lucas (1.6 million) or Thomas (1 million) to a deal and the receiving team (read Minnesota) could release the player and never pay the contract.
Just a thought the Cavs need to get within 125% of Kevin Love’s 15.7 million or within 5 million to make a trade as long as they are over the threshold Lucas contract would put a Bennett, Waiters combo within the range of Love.
On Thursday, France also announced that big man Kevin Seraphin was not being released for the World Cup by his NBA team, the Washington Wizards. Seraphin has not fully recovered from arthroscopy surgery on his knee. FIBA.com
So with star center Alexis Ajinca announcing shortly before the start of the preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup that he will remain with his pregnant wife, who is due to give birth during the tournament, instead of playing this summer, Collet is okay. He'll have his squad ready when they arrive in Granada, Spain, for Group A games against Serbia, Brazil, Iran, Egypt and the tournament hosts. "This is a blow," he said of losing his 2.15m tall starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." FIBA.com
After the season, Corbin was searching for a new home. Player personnel decisions was not the only thing that got Corbin fired, but it played a role.
Did it? I think he was gone the minute Lindsey was named GM.
Lindsey has taken the vet bat out of new coach Quin Snyder’s hand. The Jazz have 13 players under contract and the average age is 23.4 years. Steve Novak is a fossil at 31 years old. Jeremy Evans and Trevor Booker are 26, the other 10 are 24 years old or less.
“We decided to go extremely young,” said Lindsey.
Still 3 spots open and they need some vets no matter how much everyone loves to tank and play guys that aren't ready for prime time. They have a DLeague team to develop young guys. Don't have to play them at the NBA level if they aren't ready.
Uh, yah ... ya’ think?
Gordon Hayward has worn a Jazz jersey longer than anyone else, and he’s 24 and just finished his fourth season.
The Jazz are destroying the Bucks for the race to the league’s youngest team — Jazz lead 23.4 to the Bucks' 24.2. If the Jazz got rid of Novak they’d have to attach permission slips to their players' per diem.
Lindsey has this freedom because the team owner's have given him great autonomy. They’ve shown patience, spent money and supported drastic change.
It’s a tired storyline, but Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, and Rudy Gobert spent much of last season watching Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and even Brandon Rush steal their minutes.
Gobert didn't deserve to play. Still might not as much as everyone wants to pencil him in. He's got a lot to prove and the Summer League isn't the place to prove it.
Lindsey got rid of them and those that were playing them. Something tells me that Coach Q won’t be throwing 30 minutes at elder statesmen Novak (31), Booker (26), and Evans (26).
If he does, Lindsey might just give Snyder a wry smile and say, “I can do this all day.”
They gave Booker mid level money to sit at the end of the bench? Novak makes pretty good money for an end of the bench player too. It's where he belongs certainly. At some point you have to look to win games rather it's young guys or vets playing.
Rockets free agent guard Francisco Garcia is considering the Rockets among a group of teams interested in signing him, his agent said on Thursday. Garcia’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, would not specify the teams Garcia is considering. There have been reports that the Utah Jazz have been interested, but Goodwin said Garcia is seeking a chance to compete for a championship. Houston Chronicle
“We’ve talked about him,” Goodwin said of conversations with the Rockets. “Francisco is just looking for the opportunity to continue to play toward a championship. We’re looking through his options, seeing what would be the best opportunities for him. He definitely has interest in the Rockets.” Houston Chronicle