Says their looking to trim the roster now. Evans has to make the team and should probably be in the rotation. Jeffers and Gaines would seem to be next in line for making the team but with 3 other little guys Gaines might be out of luck. Nichols and Yung D-Will's boy bringing up the rear it would seem.
The Jazz have a significant trade chip in Andrei Kirilenko's $17.8 million expiring contract, but they appear unlikely to move it.
Other teams might show interest in Kirilenko's contract, but Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor likes continuity.
"The way Andrei has played for us in the past and the way he played in the preseason, he's a real key to our team," O'Connor said. "He really competes."
Last season the Jazz had the expiring contract of Carlos Boozer, but they opted to hold onto him.
That's what he said before trying to unload him to their intermountain rival.
There’s no question that Deron Williams is the top point guard in the league. All he needs to demonstrate his remarkable skills is for Jerry Sloan to give him more freedom to fully exercise his mojo.
Is Andrei Kirilenko here or gone? An excellent role player who can hit treys (but takes too many of them) and plays terrific ball-hawking defense.
Paul Millsap is an aggressive but undersized big man. Which is why Sloan has to be careful to avoid mismatches.
Al Jefferson is the X-factor. If he can be convinced/cajoled/threatened into opening up his cramped vision on offense and also to play at least acceptable defense, then AJ will make Jazz fans quickly forget the departed Carlos Boozer. That’s a huge “if”.
Mehmet Okur is slow, defenseless and relatively non-athletic, but has good hands and can knock down 3-balls. Unfortunately, against elite opponents Okur gives up more than he takes.
Raja Bell is 34 and used to be a belligerent defender with deadly 3-point range. But does he have anything left?
Kyrylo Fesenko is touted as being a long-term prospect with a big up-side, but for the foreseeable future he’s still a big stiff.
The Jazz will occasionally out-execute and out-hustle premier opponents when playing in Utah, and be mostly pushovers against the same teams on the road. They’re a good team, but not nearly good enough to even dream of usurping the Lakers.