Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  14 responses

It Hasn’t Been a Good Week for the Utah Jazz

Their division rivals are improving dramatically … the Jazz, not so much: “All of a sudden, the Jazz find themselves in a division in which four of the five teams clearly are on the ascent in Denver (fresh off its Western Conference finals run), Portland, Oklahoma City and Minnesota. The Jazz, by comparison, appear headed in the other direction. Maybe that impression will change by the start of training camp in late September, but Utah has made less progress in the playoffs each of the last three years. Another move Tuesday that impacted the Jazz was Detroit’s acquisition of Fabricio Oberto from Milwaukee/San Antonio for Amir Johnson. Oberto has only $1.9 million guaranteed for 2009-10 while Johnson was due to make $3.7 million. Just like that, the Pistons gained an additional $1.8 million in salary cap space to chase free agents – - including possibly Carlos Boozer – - when the market opens July 1.”

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Allen Iverson last resort? Not saying it’s a good idea, but…

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Moose: dumbest thing you’ve ever said. For real, bro!

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Either Iverson shoots Jerry Sloan or Sloan beats Iverson to death with a tire iron.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Jukai, I was messing around. Big sarcasm alert right there.

  • Torrance

    Why is Minnesota on the ascent again?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    No knock on Iverson, but really, who would sign him? With his recent record…he helps teams lose. Iverson is a whole ‘nother conversation, but really, who wants to take that for their team at this juncture?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Who’s going to sign Iverson? I mean really, who wants to take that on for their team? Given his recent track record, he helps teams, well, lose. Iverson is a whole ‘nother conversation(/argument) but at this juncture, who wants to take that for their team?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Double post. SLAMOnline is messing with me.

  • Prison Mike

    Trade Iverson for Ray Allen. I want to see the 2004 Olympic backcourt again.

  • sixersforlife_85

    Who’s going to sign Iverson? We are. I hope. Seriously.

  • IndyB

    AI and Lou Williams every coaches dream backcourt…

  • PistonFan4Life

    There is no way I would waste money signing Carlos Boozer! I hope Dumars has another plan!

  • Josh D

    I wandered why the Pistons made that deal

  • Jeremiah J.

    Now don’t get me wrong, losing Boozer will be a blow to the team, but it was going to happen anyway. The sooner they start the post-Booz era, the better.

    What if the Pistons *can’t* sign Boozer? Then he won’t opt out, and the Jazz will be stuck paying him $12 mil for another year before he leaves. (A valuable expiring contract, you say? The Jazz haven’t ever traded those, because they always involve taking back garbage in return) He’ll probably be injured next year, too. Meanwhile Boozer’s 12 mil will make it harder for the Jazz to re-up Okur, Korver and Millsap, as well as extend Brewer later on.

    Sorry, OKC and Minnesota are not competing with the Jazz next year. You don’t go from winning 25 games to the playoffs with Thabeet or whatever other scrub you’ll get after the second pick in this draft. Sadly Minnesota will be lucky just to get guys as good as Miller and Foye who they just traded.