Lucas' signing would bring the Jazz's roster up to the league minimum of 13 players, including guard Jerel McNeal's nonguaranteed deal.
Though the Jazz have added six other players this offseason, Lucas is the first via free agency. Utah acquired Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto in draft-day deals, while Andris Biedrins Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush all came from Golden State in a three-team trade with the Warriors and Nuggets.
It's possible the Jazz will still bring in another player via free agency or a trade. Last week, general manager Dennis Lindsey said he's more than willing to take on salaries from other teams to acquire future assets.
1 to 3 roster spaces open. I would think Lucas is a minimum wage guy but who knows. He had the Jazz at the top of the list. I'd think just because he could be playing but maybe for money reasons too?
The Jazz broke apart a 43-win team and received nothing in return
2 firsts, 3 2nds, 3 expiring contracts and cash isn't exactly what I'd call nothing and it sounds like they are still looking on getting more out of what's left of their cap space. Would they have got this much if they'd traded their guys before the trade deadline as everyone thought they should do?
All five fit together, something teams that build through the draft are rarely able to pull off.
Remains to be seen how Burke fits. Gobert and Neto look like they could certainly.
While they made the playoffs only once in the last three years, they were always in the hunt
They were in the hunt until they traded Deron 3 years ago. Than they had the worst meltdown in league history.
the most important lessons might have come in practice, where Favors and Kanter battled 1-on-1 with Jefferson, one of the best post scorers in the NBA.
I'm sure they got nothing from battling the other vets.
Neither is a great perimeter shooter
Kanter looks like he very well could be.
Hayward, Burks and Burke don’t need to be great for the Jazz to be successful. If they are just average, Utah will have a good starting five.
Good doesn't cut it. Someone has to be great. Someone has to be a go to guy. Remains to be seen if any of them fit that bill.
As long as he can maintain his three-point shooting numbers (36 percent on 1.4 attempts last season), he’ll be a great fit in Utah.
Hitting the 3 is nice but it's not what will make him a great fit.
The real struggle for Utah will be replacing their young bench, not their starters. Their six most frequently used lineups last season, all stacked with mediocre veterans, had negative point differentials. Now, with 3 players moving into the starting line-up, the Jazz have next to nothing left on their bench. To be a playoff team, they’ll need Rush (ACL) and Marvin Williams (Achilles) to recover from serious injuries and either Rudy Gobert or Jeremy Evans to take a step forward upfront.
How the starters do assuming they go with all the young guys is what it all comes down to. Their bench has been big the past couple years but now they are starting.
The Nets were not even in Brooklyn two years ago, they were in New Jersey — and struggling. And then they gave Favors, Harris (since traded for Marvin Williams), their 2011 first-round pick (Kanter), another first-rounder (Burke, in essence) and cash to the Jazz for Deron Williams.
The pick helped them get Burke but hard to say in essence.
Raul Neto: The Jazz are not interested in me this year. They just hired another guard who was drafted along with me Basketeria
Jody Genessy: This isn't surprising that Raul Neto won't play in NBA yet if it turns out to be true. Jazz wouldn't mind him getting more Euro experience. Twitter @DJJazzyJody
Why can't he play in the D-league instead of a 2nd division Spanish league? I think it comes down to the fact that they will look bad if he out plays Burke and also might make them more competitive when obviously they are shooting for gold in the lottery. He only makes 100,000 in Spain so it's not like his buyout should be a problem. He would pay it just for the pay raise.
Easiest way to tank. Minor league gaurds. The head scratcher to me was butchering the draft. That wasn't needed to tank
If Lucas is in the rotation it's definitely a sure sign they are tanking although it sounds like maybe they plan on playing Burks at both guard positions again and Lucas will be at the end of the bench hopefully where he belongs.
What was your idea for the draft? I liked McCollom personally but Burke was the highest rated pg and that was the position they needed though I think more of a combo guard to play with Hayward and Burks makes sense. Sounds like Burke could fit that role though he didn't look like he was anywhere near ready for the NBA in the summer league. The fact that he dropped and he's the one guy they didn't work out seems a bit risky but they've said the workouts is a small part of their process. Obviously they had scouted him.
Hard to complain about the other two picks that they bought and who both looked like great fits in SL.
The Utah Jazz announced today that Brad Jones has been promoted to an assistant coach on Tyrone Corbin's staff, after having spent the 2012-13 season as assistant coach/player development. Jones joins returning assistants Sidney Lowe and Michael Sanders on Corbin's staff.
I read somewhere he was their best pg coach after he sat on the bench with Burke the game they sat him out. Not sure if it's true but until Stock comes aboard they obviously need someone.
Favors has spent the summer training alongside Jazz legend Karl Malone, who turns 50 on Wednesday and "could come out here and still hold his own," Favors said.
Malone, who won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 as a member of Team USA, was notorious for his training regimens, and Favors said that holds true.
"When I’m with him," Favors said, "the intensity picks up. Whenever you do 10 [reps], now you work out with him you got to do 20. You shoot 100 shots, now you got to shoot 500 with him. So, the intensity goes up when I work out with him."
Favors had bulked up noticeably — a point observed also by Hayward — although the fourth-year forward said he has added muscle but maintained his playing weight. Last season, the 6-foot-10 Favors was listed at 263 pounds; on the Team USA roster, he was listed at 248.
Favors said conditioning is the key to his offseason, although he has spent about one hour each day working in the weight room, on skills and conditioning.
Hayward, meanwhile, said he has gotten a new skills coach this summer after the man he previously worked with, Ed Schilling, left Hayward’s native Indianapolis for a job as a UCLA assistant.
Penciled in as the Jazz’s starting shooting guard, Hayward said he is working on ballhandling and shooting, but also addressing his troubles with finishing at the rim.
I'd think he'd be at the 3.
In 2009, Hayward played on the national team that won the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in New Zealand.
"I’ve been lucky enough to play for one of the youth teams," Hayward said. "And there’s nothing like it. Playing in high school and college and the NBA, there’s nothing like playing for your country."
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski declined to comment on the first day performances of individual players because there were so many.