Utah Jazz: Steve Nash and 5 Guards That the Jazz Could Sign This Offseason
The Utah Jazz need to sign another guard to back up (or even start over) Devin Harris, and they won't have to look far. There are several talented point guards on the market this offseason, and Utah could add at least one of them to the Jazz roster.
From seasoned veteran Steve Nash to youngster Goran Dragic, these five guards have a chance of landing in Utah. They could all thrive in a system backed up by Gordan Hayward and big men Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap.
Steve Nash is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, but flies under the radar because of the lackluster team he plays for. The Phoenix Suns finished their 2011-12 campaign with a 33-33 record, falling short of a playoff bid.
Nash averaged a double-double per game, with 12.5 points and 10.7 assists. With the help of Utah's frontcourt, he could help the Jazz to higher levels.
Goran Dragic is another unrestricted free agent this offseason, and although the Rockets have said that they would like to re-sign him, the Jazz could have a shot at getting him to Utah.
Dragic earned a starting role when Kyle Lowry was sidelined with a bacterial infection, and when Lowry returned, Goran Dragic resumed his role as a starter. Although he averaged only 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, Dragic has shown the potential to be a great guard.
DJ Augustin is an unrestricted free agent, and although he has said that he would like to return to Charlotte, he will have competition for the starting role at point guard. Rookie Kemba Walker has earned almost the same amount of minutes per game as Augustin, and the Bobcats may not re-sign Augustin.
Although DJ Augustin averaged only 11.1 points per game, he was fighting injuries all season long. He has shown that he can get his teammates involved when he dished out 6.4 dimes per contest.
Kyle Lowry has repeatedly expressed his desire to leave Houston, reportedly because of disagreements with Rockets' coach Kevin McHale. If Goran Dragic does indeed stay in Houston, Lowry will most likely be traded.
In his fifth season in the league, Kyle Lowry averaged 14.3 points per game, along with 6.6 dimes and 4.6 boards. If the Rockets want to trade him, a swap with the Jazz wouldn't be half bad. Utah could give them Jefferson and Howard for Lowry and center Louis Scola.
If only my predictions were always correct.
Mo Williams was originally drafted by the Jazz, but he saw limited minutes behind Carlos Arroyo. He is now in a similar position on a team with star point guard Chris Paul.
Williams is a good overall player, scoring 13.8 points off of the bench, and he has eight years worth of experience in the league.