The Jazz have released their summer league roster: Any notable omissions? Who are you most excited to see? So...what do we think of this sartorial decision?
Dennis Lindsey on the Jazz's "tactical" decision to stay out of the free agent wing market:
I had a conversation with Rodney Hood yesterday, and we tactically decided to stay out of the free agent wing market in a big way, if you will, for a couple of reasons:Gordon [Hayward]’s improved level as a primary player. Alec Burn–Burks’ return back to health. He’s now free for contact, so he’ll take part in portions of our summer league training camp if he’s in town. Rodney Hood’s ability just to make plays off the dribble, getting to a short pullup, finding guys. You know, he’s a 6-8, 6-9 2-guard in skillset, so. Elijah Millsap’s unique defensive ability to blow up screens. And as Coach [Jerry] Sloan said — we were, we’ve talked a lot about Elijah relative to some other defensive wings, and Coach Sloan appropriately said this. It was r–just really well stated. He said, “Look, there’s guys that are defenders, and then there’s guys that scare people when they’re defending.” And that list is much smaller. So Elijah’s an exceptional defender, but there’s also a force and a power and an energy and a mindset where you put him out there and say, “Sic him,” he does — we were, you know, per 100 possessions, we, when Elijah’s out there, we were plus-5…The returns were good. The d–returns were surprising, and we need to know more going forward.A little bit of a different story with the free agent point guard market:
Look, we’re looking all the way through, and want to have those conversations. Really, the higher tier of point guards have either gone off the board — they were gonna stay with their teams or they’re restricted free agents. So, there’s always the issue of making a good offer. But if it’s a good offer, teams are smart. They’ll match. So, it wasn’t as predominant a thought just because of what was available there.Hurray for when the Jazz upload embeddable videos to Youtube! Here's a look at some of the guys working out at a boxing gym. Love that Derrick Favors is out there working with end-of-the-bench guys. Who you got in a Jazz box-off? Would you or anyone you know buy/wear these? Who do you think is the target consumer for these? FYI, these retail for $31.99 + shipping.