NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Whispers Involving the Utah Jazz
It’s been over a month since the season ended for the Utah Jazz. The playoffs are winding down, the draft is coming up, and lots of questions remain for the Jazz.
Who, if anyone, will they re-sign?
What will happen in the draft?
Who will they target in free agency?
Are there are any trades in the works?
There may not be any action for a while, but rumors have been floating around the web. Each Jazz fan may have their own wishlist of players or moves, but they’re not Kevin O’Connor. While the Jazz front office has yet to make any announcements, here’s a list of whispers involving the Utah Jazz:
Mehmet Okur Leaving the NBA?
He may not play for the Jazz any longer, but he still deserves a mention. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz, tweeted:
“Reports out of the Turkish media that Mehmet Okur might return to Turkey and sign with Fenerbahce Ulker.”
After being plagued with injuries and involved in a number of trades, Okur seems ready to leave the NBA. Though he may be past his prime, many Jazz fans still miss Memo and his money-ball threes. It may not be an easy choice, but this is the right move. His play had been declining and moving back to his homeland may help recharge his career.
Deron Come Home!
The twitter account bears the message: “DWILL, UTAH LOVES YOU. COME BACK.”
Despite the efforts and desire of these fans, there is almost no chance Williams returns. His time with the Jazz was memorable, as was his departure. While it’s unclear whether he’ll remain with the Brooklyn Nets, it’s all but certain he won’t be wearing a Jazz uniform next year.
Point Guard Situation
Devin Harris is not the future point guard of the Utah Jazz, but he may be sticking around for another year.
Brian T. Smith, Utah Jazz beat writer for The Salt Lake Tribune, tweeted:
“Jazz clearly need a young PG for the future. But organization’s open to idea of sticking with Devin Harris for one more year.”
Harris already knows Utah’s system and he could be a competent temporary fix. Sticking with Harris would allow the Jazz to continue to develop their younger players without worrying about another newbie to watch. It’s not set in stone, but keeping Harris could be a good choice for the upcoming season.
Backup Earl Watson is already under contract, and the Jazz have the option to bring Jamaal Tinsley back as well. If the Jazz decide to sign a different point guard, expect one of these three to be on the move.
Jazz Workouts and the 47th Pick
The Utah Jazz have worked out only a limited number of players so far leading up to the draft. Of the six players they’ve worked out, only one of them (Kim English) is expected to be drafted.
The Jazz currently hold just the 47th pick in the draft. There is some significance in that number since the Jazz drafted both Paul Millsap and Mo Williams in that same slot. The number may be low, but Utah has proven they have the capability of finding solid players late in the draft.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Kevin O’Connor has downplayed the chances of a pre-draft trade. He references the capabilities of the young talent already on the Jazz roster and also believes many of the lottery teams will be asking for “the moon and the stars” in exchange for their picks.
News of a draft party from the official Utah Jazz twitter account has Jazz fans wondering what’s really going on. Why would the team throw a party for a 47th pick? Something just doesn’t add up. The Jazz just may have something in the works, but chances are fans won’t find out until draft night.