I just met you,
and this is crazy,
your head coach has a thing for vets,
so sign me, maybe?
This is essentially the signal we've given off to all the veteran free agents looking for a waypoint between a larger role or bigger payday. "Go to the Utah Jazz, Tyrone Corbin will play you, it's good for your contract year." We just looked at how we've got 11 free agents leaving the team payrole from last year -- some guys doing exactly that, using us to get paid. Well, Anthony Tolliver is looking at a few teams according to HoopsHype, and he's looking at the Jazz, Bulls, and Bobcats.
I know why he'd look at the Jazz. It's obvious. Marvin Williams will start the season injured and as a SF/PF, Anthony could fit in for the short term. Of course, why would the Jazz do it? When I look at a team that boasts a front court of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Rudy Gobert, Jeremy Evans, and Andris Biedrins (if you are counting Marvin out here), there's still only 96 minutes to go around. Also if you look at our wings we have Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson, and Ian Clark here -- and still only 96 minutes to go around.
Unless Tolliver learned to play point guard then I'm not really sold on this idea from the Jazz pov. For him joining the Jazz, yeah, he'll get a fair shot to play and show his stuff -- as a small forward journeyman who played for the Timberwolves and Hawks I think there may be a guy in the coaching huddle pulling for him. (His name rhymes with Tyrone Corbin)
I guess if he does sign here that means a) our team offered him a contract, and b) our team has no faith in Jeremy Evans besides selling his jerseys and making money off of his individual popularity and dunk contest win.
Anthony just turned 28 and has played in the league for the Spurs, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Timberwolves, and Hawks. The 6'8 forward has career averages of 6.1 ppg (career high of 12.3 w Golden State in 44 games), 4.0 rpg (career high of 7.3 w Golden State in 44 games), and 1.0 apg (career high of 2.0 w Golden State in 44 games). It's been three seasons since that season though.
He's horrible at shooting (41.3 fg%) and shot abysmally last year (38.0 fg%). He can hit the three (career 176/542 for 32.5 3pt%), and makes 78.2 ft%. So that's okay. Per 36 he's basically DeMarre Carroll, with a better shot. His advanced stats are very average across the board, except in PER, where he is below average. But his PER is just about as good as Randy Foye's so that means he's good enough to start here.
If we do sign him we go up to 14 players. But it's not even our choice, Tolliver is rumored to be making his decision by this weekend. So that means he may already HAVE an offer from the Jazz, Bulls, and Bobcats. Why we'd offer him a contract instead of rolling the dice with Jeremy Evans is beyond me. I guess the loss of DeMarre Carroll and injury to Marvin really means we need to add another SF or PF to the roster instead of shoring up PG.
But hey, if he joins the Jazz all power to the Tolliver train!