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Old 05-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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DeMarre Carroll

All indications are he will return to the Jazz next season, and Carroll said Utah informed him they'll pick up his option.

No brainer. Wonder if that affects Howard at all? I'd welcome him back to at the right price.

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Favors said he finally feels like he's in the NBA. He wants to be a starter next year, take his career to the next level and do everything possible to succeed.
After his exit meeting, Favors spoke with Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor and Corbin about starting for the Jazz next season.

Changes coming!

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Raja Bell

Bell does not expect to return to Jazz next year.

Bell hopes the Jazz do the right thing and move him before the 2012-13 season. He was open to it before the trade deadline but never asked for trade.

Bell said Corbin was "unprofessional" at the end of the season. According to Bell, Corbin made things personal by playing everyone in the playoffs except for him and it was obvious.

Bell said if he's still on Jazz at the start of next season "we'll cross that bridge" then.

Bell said NBA referees and San Antonio coaches/players asked why he wasn't playing during the playoffs. They never understood what the Jazz were doing.
Bell wanted to move on after his March confrontation with Corbin and thought the Jazz were going to, since they publicly said they would. Bell said Utah was two-faced and Corbin obviously punished him for the remainder of the year.

Bell said there were times this season he didn't know he was active until he was informed pregame by the media.

C.J. Miles

Miles said the team was put off by Al Jefferson's pre-Game 4 comments about no one beating the Spurs in the playoffs and San Antonio being better than Utah.

Miles loves the Jazz, the team's fans and thinks Corbin will evolve. But he never knew what was expected of him this year.

Miles said communication was much better with former coach Jerry Sloan, and Corbin has struggled relaying his message to team.

Miles: "I don't even remember us naming a captain, but they wanted leadership."

Miles wanted to play in Game 4 but said he wasn't allowed to.

Miles said he's not the type of person to speak out but he couldn't hold back anymore. He spent a long time with the Jazz, always did what the team asked of him and wanted the situation to work. But he felt the Jazz didn't treat him right this season and couldn't hold his tongue.

Raja was a Sloan favorite too. Another sign of the change that's happened. It's official! CJ and Raja gone.

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Harris is "excited" to enter a contract year. He knows he started slowly and didn't initially play well this season. But he feels like he found his game at end of year.
Harris acknowledged communication with Corbin has been an issue. Harris said his relationship with Corbin improved as the season went on and he thinks Corbin will figure things out over time.

The game he found is better suited elsewhere. Package deal: Harris/Jefferson/Bell/possibly Watson and or Tinsley(depending on other moves)?

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:03 AM   #17
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Kanter says: "This year I learned so much. I learned so much from Al (Jefferson), from the playoffs and (Tim) Duncan. When I wasn't on the court, I watched what other players did. I'm going to work on my post moves and my passes and get more faster."

He knows what he needs to work on. I expect him to make huge strides.
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Bell comes across as a major league whiner, but the fact that multiple players say he needs to work on his communication skills probably means Corbin isn't entirely blameless in it. Just chalk it up to another learning experience for an inexperienced head coach.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #19
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Other players said communication with him was fine. It appears to be divided between the guys that were playing and not playing. Sloan loved Bell so it's not surprising him saying they communicated beter. CJ is a little more surprising but it sounds like he might just have Raja's back on this one and probably saw the writing on the wall anyway and knew he wouldn't be back so what the hell.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #20
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Favors has excelled for the Jazz and he looks to challenge incumbent starter Paul Millsap at the power forward position next season. Millsap has been dangled as trade bait over the last few seasons and his status on the team is something the Jazz must figure out over the summer.

If Utah feels that Favors is the player they want starting at the four both next year and for many years to come, the time is now to get some value for Millsap via trade. Millsap, who’s scheduled to make $7.2 million next season, is in the final year of his contract.

If Utah does decide to trade Millsap, they must not only get equal value for the steady power forward but also a veteran who can be a quality influence and leader for this young squad.

Another scenario would be keeping both power forwards and going with a bigger lineup by starting Favors at small forward, a la Game Four against the Spurs. Favors had 16 points and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting Monday night while Millsap had 19 rebounds and 10 points but needed 17 shots to get there.

Favors is a small forward? Doesn't sound like the FO has dangled Millsap either. They listen to offers as they should with anyone. I'd think Jefferson made the decision on what to do very easy with his comments after game 3. CJ mentions the team wasn't happy about it and I can't imagine anyone is though the local media and fanbase don't seem to mind. You don't want to go to war with someone who has already conceited victory.

Jefferson, Bell, Harris, CJ, Watson and maybe Tinsley(depending on who else they can get) should be gone.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:02 PM   #21
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Among the more revealing comments during Tuesday’s locker-cleanout session was Miles’ basically saying the Jazz’s wing players were told not to shoot 3-pointers. This team can go only so far as the basketball equivalent of a run-oriented football team in a passing world.

If you aren't hitting 3's you shouldn't be shooting them. It's not like Sloan was ever big on the 3 point shot either especially if guys can't hit them. The jazz offense unlike most NBA teams isn't about spotting up for 3's. Many more options. They do need to shoot better from the perimeter.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:59 AM   #22
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Traditionally, the Jazz haven't made much of a splash in free agency. It's hard to lure big names to the Beehive State, even with extra cash. (Sorry, Jazz fans -- players like Ray Allen and Jason Terry are not walking through that door.)

Funny the Jazz were the first to sign Terry as a free agent. They probably want to go for rings but who knows if you give someone a chance for a big role and enough money and security? They'd both certainly be great to see running around screens in the Jazz offense.

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Given the Jazz's inconsistent point-guard play in 2012, Dragic could push Devin Harris for the starting job immediately.

LOL! I doubt he signs if he's not starting. He'd make Harris look silly running the offense as Tinsley has.

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He's a couple years younger than Millsap and has more range but other than that how do they figure? He's going to be paid more than Millsap too at least next season. Only place I'd be looking for young guys is at that the 1. They need vets as the playoffs showed.

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Batum's a versatile player who could fill a number of gaps if C.J. Miles and Josh Howard move on.

If CJ moves on? Think it's when not if at this point. I think they need a more seasoned veteran wing to replace Raja with Hayward and Burks already in place maybe a couple if Howard leaves not that they have any chance at Batum.

Rush could fit and might be gettable. He might make some sense.

Novak I say no unless he comes cheap for the end of the bench and I doubt that is happening.

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He's stuck behind Kevin Martin (when he's healthy) in Houston, so Lee might prefer a change of scenery and a starting job if he can get one. Houston would probably be inclined to match, though.

Martin seems more likely and maybe a better fit anyway. Lee would be nice but he's restricted and they want to get rid of Martin and keep Lee I think.

Belinelli maybe. Might be had

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He might do.

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Don't see him as a great fit though a huge upgrade over Harris. Not worth the price they'd have to pay though. I'd want him coming off the bench of the ball which is where Devin should be.

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the Suns have made it clear that they won't bring Nash back to the desert. He'll probably go to a contending team with a chance at a championship. But unlikely though it may be, if the Jazz could land

The Suns haven't made it clear that he won't be back. How do these guys get their jobs?
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:09 PM   #23
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Despite all the talk of NY never letting Lin go it sounds like he is a possible get. The way he ran the pick and roll during Linsanity he'd have to be a guy the Jazz would seriously look at especially if they can't draft a pg.

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Lin will be what’s called an Arenas-rights player. He has been in the NBA less than four years, meaning the Knicks team can make him a restricted free agent by issuing a Qualifying Offer. In Lin’s case because he is not on a typical first round pick rookie deal, his Offer amount is calculated using 125% of his previous salary, or the player’s minimum salary plus $200,000, whichever is greater. In Lin’s case his minimum salary as a third year player is $854,389 plus $200,000 making his Qualifier $1.054 million.

Now enter the wrinkle. Lin does not possess Bird Rights, but the Knicks can match anything up to the Mid-Level to keep him if they restrict him. Opposing teams are limited to the Mid-Level in their initial offer, but can increase the third and fourth year of a deal so that all years average to the amount of cap space they have available. — that’s the Arenas provision.

So the wrinkle gets a little sillier, especially if a team with cap space makes a big cap space type offer. According to Larry Coon’s CBAFAQ, Lin’s maximum offer can be constructed like this:

If a team that is $9 million under the cap… [and] wants to submit a four-year offer sheet, and wants to provide a large raise in the third season, they can offer a total of $36 million over four years. The first-year salary is limited to the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception, or $5 million. The second-year salary will be $5.225 million (4.5% raise). This leaves $25.775 million to be distributed over the final two seasons of the contract, with a 4.1% raise from year three to year four. So the entire contract looks like this:

Season – Salary – Notes

1 – $5,000,000 – Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level amount for 2011-12

2 – $5,225,000 – 4.5% raise over season 1

3 – $12,628,613 – This is the amount that yields $25.775 million over the final two seasons with a 4.1% raise

4 – $13,146,387 – Raise is 4.1% of season 3 salary

Total – $36,000,000 – Average is $9 million, which equals the team’s cap room

For the team making this offer, this contract would count for $9.0 million (i.e., the average salary in the contract) of team salary in each of the four seasons if they sign the player. If the player’s prior team matches the offer and keeps the player, then the actual salary in each season counts as team salary. The player’s original team is allowed to use any available exception (e.g., the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level or the Early Bird) to match the offer.

Sources close to the situation say there could be as many as six teams willing to make an offer to Jeremy Lin, some are willing to test New York’s resolve on Lin with a deal constructed like Larry’s outline above. It’s doubtful anyone is going to make an offer that averages $9 million, but would someone do a deal that averages $6 to $7 million? – that’s probable.

In order to match such an offer, not only would the Knicks have to commit their full Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception to Lin, they’d also take on contract values in years 3 and 4 that would likely be taxed by the NBA more punitive Luxury Tax that kicks in in 2013.

The Knicks owe Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler $60.632 million alone in 2014-2015, when year three of Jeremy’s new contract would kick in.
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Kevin O’Connor recently revealed his intention to give each Jazz player a list of specific things to improve during the offseason. For Kanter, for example, that agenda includes getting in better shape and working on recognizing defenses. For Hayward, one item will be to improve his outside shot.

Burks? Favors? Evans? Carroll?
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http://www.deseretnews.com/top/660/1...et-in-the.html

They added to the list.

Bayless might be ok as a combo guard off the bench.

Rudy might be ok if it wasn't for the fact that he's always talking about wanting to be ack in Europe. I'd probably stay away from him. Too hard to keep happy.

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Andre Miller, PG, Denver (unrestricted)
Previous salary: $7.8 million

Could the former Utah Utes star end his career in a Jazz uniform? He's shown he can still perform in a backup role in Denver, averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 assists in 28 minutes per game. But his high price tag and poor outside shooting might make him a liability. The Jazz would have to consider if Miller would bring anything to the table that Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson don't.

High price tag? He had to settle for a lot less than he's worth last contract. He's likely going to get even less. Bargain! He's a better shooter than Earl and just an overall better player than both Tinsley and Watson. Unless they get Nash I'd say he should be a top target. He could start in Utah depending on who else they get.

Shannon Brown might be alright off the bench too.

Doubt they can get Fields and with Burks and Hayward not sure why they would target him?

Brooks might work but he's ideally not their type unless things change under Ty reign or he wants to come off the bench which I doubt he does unless he has to.

Not sure Augustin is their type either

Farmar might work as a back-up depending on who else they get.

Hill would be a nice bench guy too but I doubt Indiana lets him go.

I don't see any need for AK with what we saw from Hayward the past couple months.
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Hayward played the most of the four, earning a starting spot in his second year and averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, while starting 58 of 66 games.

He plans to spend most of his summer in his hometown of Indianapolis working out.

Perhaps it's the bad memory of the last two playoff games when he made only 1 of 18 field goal attempts, but Hayward said his main goal in the offseason is "to become an elite-level shooter."

He also said he wants to "develop strength and use my athleticism to take it to the rim and get to the free-throw line some more."

All the obvious things he needs to work on.
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Favors is going to Santa Barbara to work out with teammates Al Jefferson and Kanter. He said there are specific things he needs to work on.

"I need to get stronger and a little bit more explosive and work on my conditioning," he said.

"I want to improve my offensive game, improve my jump shot and just improve overall."

His post game and passing need the most work.
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Corbin singled Kanter out as the player who had come the furthest during the season.

Not much doubt. You could see it from game to game.
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The former Colorado star has a knack for getting to the basket and drawing fouls and many folks believe he can be an NBA starter if he develops a consistent jump shot. He said there's not one specific thing he's working on this summer.

"It's not just one thing, but I need to work on everything to become a more complete player," he said. "I need to get better by doing everything I can."

Not much doubt he can be a starter in the league. He arguably could have been starting this year. His jump shot will be fine I think. He just needs to put up shots in the summer. Playing within the team concept is what will define how good he can be with the Jazz. He did improve as the season wore on.
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The former Jazz forward was quoted this week by Reuters, saying that returning to Utah is an option. His first option among NBA teams.

This season he played in Russia for CSKA.

“I have a huge history with the Utah Jazz and they are a priority for me among the 30 teams competing in the NBA, while CSKA are just as close to my heart in Europe and when the Final Four is over I will weigh my options and make a decision,” he said

He doesn't make much sense with what Hayward displayed late in the year. I hope he comes back to the NBA with a team better suited to him. Love me some AK!
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