The Utah Jazz seem to be headed towards losing 11 players from last season to this season. The only guy we've kept so far has been Marvin Williams, who opted in to a $7.5m contract year, instead of being an unrestricted free agent. The team did pay 11 other guys, and so far none of them look to be coming back.
Let's take a look at how they've fared on the open market.
|Last w||New||2013||2014||2015||2016||New Contract|
|3||Randy Foye||SG/PG||29||7||$2,500,000||Nuggets (S&T)||$3,000,000||$3,135,000||$3,270,000||$9,405,000||3|
|4||Mo Williams||PG/SG||30||10||$8,500,000||Trail Blazers||$2,800,000||$2,800,000||$5,600,000||2|
|6||Earl Watson||PG||34||12||$2,000,000||Trail Blazers||$884,293||$884,293||1|
|9||Kevin Murphy||SG/SF||22||1||$473,604||Warriors (cut)||$0|
- So Big Al took money and security instead of going to a winning franchise or contender -- that says all we need to know about him.
- Thrillsap really wanted out from our team it looks like, as he went someplace fun for less than $10m
- Randy did the ultimate mercenary move by using us into a greater payday, I remember all the media guys cooing about how he took less money to come to Utah and that he really wanted to be here. Maybe they aren't propagandists, but just dumb? Maybe that's what it is because I felt like Foye would use us as a greater financial springboard because he's no longer the 4th guard off the bench (Clippers) and actually starting because our head coach is a trainee.
- Mo found out that he was on the way out here, and very few teams really want a PG with his talents. He ended up going to the Blazers that already have 3 PGs on their roster in Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Earl. He's not going to be starting there. He wasn't going to be starting here. Maybe we didn't offer him a contract at all (the Moneyball move of removing a coach from his crutch)?
- DeMarre got his butt paid, huge raise for him. Happy for him. I can't wait to see guys go to his bowling parties over there. We hear that he's a potential "Three and D" guy, except he doesn't have the three at all, and his D is based upon gambling, not actually defending his man. We see the difference between a hustle guy who causes havoc like Carroll, and a real Three and D guy like Shane Battier who never gambles. We'd be fools to pay Carroll $5m. I wouldn't be against him returning to the Jazz, but let's not let fan favs dictate how good a player actually is. Even I wouldn't have played Kyrylo Fesenko over 18 mpg or paid him this much. Atlanta looks to do both with Carroll.
- Earl sees the writing on the wall and is moving into full-on mentor mode. He has signed for the vet minimum on a team with young guards that he can help. Why was he not willing to impart his knowledge here?
- Kevin Murphy had money, non-guaranteed money, on the table, but the Warriors cut him shortly after he was traded
- Raja isn't really looking for work right now;
- Jerel and Travis will both look towards the NBA-DL again if they don't get a training camp invite;
- and that leaves DNJ. I think the Jazz should not hesitate to bring him back, however, I believe he has other suitors as well. At this stage maybe he still wants to be a player -- and on the Jazz I think they would want to go younger. I get that. I actually champion that. I support Jamaal in what he wants to do professionally (still play because one day he won't be able to), and I support the Jazz going young.
So 11 guys gone is a huge turn over. Who is winning this off-season?