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Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:07 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 10:43 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE : Based on this tweet from Jazz CEO Greg Miller, I'm assuming the deal is done.

Marc Stein of reports that the Utah Jazz have emerged as the front-runner for Minnesota big man Al Jefferson. Originally, the Mavericks were thought to be in the lead, but Utah's cap situation obviously has improved with the subtractions of Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver due to free agency.

As Stein says, Jefferson's contract would slide into the $14 million trade exception that Utah created earlier this week in its sign-and-trade deal with Boozer.

As mentioned when Dallas was in play for Jefferson , the Wolves are looking for quality assets and not necessarily just a salary dump, though Minnesota would prefer not to take much back.

If the deal goes through, clearly the Jazz re-emerge as a major contender in the West. Jefferson still hasn't entirely recovered from a second knee injury, but the Minnesota big man is just 25 and averaged 17-9 last season for the Wolves. Team him with Paul Millsap inside with Deron Williams setting things up and you've got a quality roster.

Also, as is with any deal involving Minnesota, KAAAAHHHHNNN.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 3:26 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

I understand the philosophy of waiting to see what you have before you make a big change.  However, Cleveland doesn't have anything.  "Mo and Tawn"  are not going to be your keys to re-tooling.  And no drafts picks in the 2010 Draft did not help.

The excuse that Cleveland was making moves to compliment Lebron is ridiculous... Cleveland had no idea if they were going to have a Lebron.  Why build your team around an unknown, especially an unknown as big as losing Lebron?  Would you go buy a new home based on the income of a 6-month temporary job?  Chicago and New York acquired top-flight free agents BEFORE Lebron made his anouncement, and were still looking to acquire Lebron or Wade up until his announcement... not to mention the fact that both these free agents would've addressed needs that Cleveland has.  One can agree that Stoudamire or Boozer would be a huge upgrade over anyone in Cleveland current frontcourt, correct?

Let's stop trying to make victims out of the Cavs "brain trust", and put the blame squarely where it belongs... on Gilbert's sad shoulders.  Gilbert's problem was that he kept making moves to find players that could "compliment" Lebron, i.e. stay out his way while he grabs every rebound and scores every point.  Lebron needed (and repeated asked for) "help", i.e. someone who could maybe be a factor in the game besides him.  If Gilbert had signed someone that could be a factor, he would not be rebuilding his team from scratch right now and Cleveland fans wouldn't be jumping off buildings. 

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 2:22 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

5)   Deron Williams is a stud.  (1st the end of the round) ... I like him, but I do wish he would not get injuried so much.
Wow, do you even follow the Jazz????  Guy missed 6 games last year.  He is a top 7 Fantasy option as well.....  I need to play in your fantasy league....

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 2:15 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Excellent point about the Cavaliers, I guess Dan Gilbert didn't have a back-up plan after he fired/dismissed his Coach (Mike Brown) and the GM (Danny Ferry) resigned due to dissimilarities.  I heard the same thing about both of the Lakers 2nd round draft picks Ebanks and Caracter.  It looks like Kupchak and his staff did their homework because they immediately released Mbenga, Morrison and Powell.  Ebanks is said to be a Trevor Ariza clone that has displayed a good perimeter game and Caracter a displayed an excellent low post presence.  They're currently 1st and 3rd in scoring at the Las Vegas Summer League.  It reminds me of how Jerry West would find more talent in the 2nd round than most GM(s) could in the 1st round.  With the Lakers over the salary cap it's a necessity to have inexpensive talent at the end of your bench. 

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 2:04 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

are you kidding me? No idea how to draft?  Danny boy did a great job drafting for the most part.  You are basing your argument because the owner reacted in poor taste to Lebron leaving.  

You NEED to realize that every move that was done when Lebron was in Cleveland was FOR Lebron and was approved by Lebron. Now they have all these pieces that were acquired to accent Lebron.  Now, they need to see how these pieces play without Lebron.  They need to see what they have before trading off anything.   If Mo and Tawn are averaging around 20 a game this year, they will have more value.

There are many ways to go about improving your team.  Cleveland doesn't know what it has.  I believe they will like to see that first before doing anything extraordinary.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:36 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Have fun, Utah.  Big Al can score but unless Sloan can make him play D he will never be a complete difference maker.    If that happens his 20-10 games will have a far greater impact. He also disappears in transition and Deron might find that very frustrating down the road.   As a Wolves fan (cringe) I have to admit I'm indifferent on this one especially since it sounds like the best deal on the table for him.   

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:03 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Is it just me, or has every team that was in the 2010 Free Agent Sweepstakes made multiple moves to improve their team... except for Cleveland?  Chicago didn't even blink when it became known where Lebron was going; and New York (if they obtain Raymond Felton) just became the Phoenix Suns East.  Utah, Phoenix, and Toronto are all making moves to reload their teams after big free-agent losses.

And Cleveland has done SQUAT.  Where is this fire and dedication to get better that Gilbert was screaming about in his silly little letter?  News to Dan:  you're running out of Free Agent options.  Everyone has almost already signed with someone it seems like; and a bunch of teams are furiously working trades to upgrade their rosters.

One pathetic, quick note... how exactly did the LA Lakers happen to get Derrick Character and Devin Ebanks, who were very productive in college outside of some character (pardon the pun) and injury issues?  They are currently tearing up the Summer League... I swear Cleveland has no idea how to run a team.  They don't know how to draft, they don't know how work trades, they don't know how to acquire free agents.  They have a ton of cap space and they have signed absolutely NO ONE!

I don't want to hear anymore whining from Cleveland... I see why Lebron left that god-forsaken franchise and its clueless, petty owner.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:15 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Oh yeah man i will, i'm stoked.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:14 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

You will love having this guy play for you. I am a celtics fan and was sad to see him go in the Garnett trade. He is a great worker and from what i hear a great teammate. i wish the Celts had gone after him when Perkins went down.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:08 pm

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

Welcome to Utah big guy! We'll be stoked to have you playin for us. Yes!!!

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2010 9:17 am

Report: Utah nearing deal for Jefferson (Updated)

So from a fantasty basketball perspective:

1)  Al Jefferson will have a better average (will go in Round 2 due to poor last season, but no lower due to his center eligibility)... should be a 4th rounder.

2)   Paul Milsap a great season (will go in round 5ish because he is fairly unknown) ... worth a 3rd rounder.  When given the chance 2 seasons ago he was a beast.

3)   Carlos Boozer will remain the same (about a 3rd or 4th rounder).  He will have the same average, different team but same types of players.

4)   Kyle Korver only provides points and little else. (10th rounder) ... I would not draft at all.

5)   Deron Williams is a stud.  (1st the end of the round) ... I like him, but I do wish he would not get injuried so much.

These are my thought from a fantasy perspective. 

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