Following the eventful trade deadline from yesterday, some of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the changes to the NBA. The Utah Jazz participated in the deadline drama by essentially dealing Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson for Jae Crowder. Only time will determine how much better or worse it makes the Jazz.
FIRST OFF, LET’S LOOK AT UTAH’S NEWEST MEMBER, JAE CROWDER, WHO ONLY TWEETS IN ALL CAPS.
UTAH IM EXCITED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AHEAD. LETS GET IT GOING.!! #TAKENOTE— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) February 9, 2018
No, seriously. Always. No matter what he’s talking about.
HAPPY MLK DAY PPL.! STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN.! BE COURAGEOUS, SPREAD LOVE AND POSITIVITY. BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.!!— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) January 15, 2018
Personally, I’m hoping the all caps tweeting is an indication of his hard work and dedication. Otherwise, somebody needs to fix get him a new phone/computer that doesn’t have caps lock stuck on.
Current Jazzman Thabo Sefolosha had a serious old geezer moment when he remembered he played with Jae’s dad, Corey Crowder, back in Europe.
Crazy to think I played with Jae’s dad, Corey, in The French 1st division league in the early 2000s...and now he is my teammate welcome to Utah ! #TakeNote #DamnImGettingOld https://t.co/KdgwSSqoKH— Thabo Sefolosha (@ThaboSefolosha) February 9, 2018
It’s probably not common an NBA player to introduce himself by saying “Welcome to the team, I played with your dad.” But maybe it could build some quick team chemistry.
Basketball Insiders did what just about everyone does after trades (aside from declaring who “won” the trade). They graded each team in the trade. The Jazz got a solid “B” for their part.
With Hood sharing the same position with emergent rookie Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz decided to get something for Hood rather than keep him as he entered restricted free agency. Crowder is known as one of the best defensive small forwards in the NBA and shot almost 40 percent from three in Boston last season. Normally such a three-and-D stud would be untouchable, but for some reason, it didn’t work out in Cleveland.
For the Jazz, Crowder is a worthy gamble who should lock down the other wing position next to Mitchell. He’s on one of the NBA’s most team-friendly deals with two more guaranteed seasons at under $8 million per. There’s some danger that Hood could blow up in Cleveland and make the Jazz regret this decision.
It’s a fair grade. The trade was solid but it’s not one that’s going to change the Jazz in a significant way, so I’d have a hard time giving Utah an “A” even though I don’t see much wrong with the trade.
While most Jazz fans took the departure of Joe Johnson well, sending him their best wishes and thanking him for the good times, this young fan took the news pretty hard.
I understand it had to be done #UtahJazz but now this 5 year old needs a new favorite player pic.twitter.com/NL3t4EQd1r— Kerwin (@Kerdaddy) February 8, 2018
Fortunately for this heartbroken little girl, Joe Ingles is a freaking boss and decided to help her out with a gift.
Poor thing. DM @utahjazz & I will get her a jersey of choice ASAP! https://t.co/IEDmVjFdrC— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) February 8, 2018
She may have lost her favorite player, but it looks like she might get a new favorite player whose name is also Joe, and could have his jersey to boot.
Apparently crying after hearing about trades is not reserved for 5-year-old girls. It’s also the privilege of adult males as well. This video went viral.
Note to self: Never going under anesthesia during the NBA trade deadline #expertanalysis #derrickrosesucks #nbatradedeadline @utahjazz @JazzNationNews @redrock_bball @KSLcom @desnewssports @DJJazzyJody pic.twitter.com/OEi2YMy1VG— Darren Muir (@dmacalaca) February 9, 2018
No word on whether Ingles is also getting this man a new jersey.
What grade would you give to Utah’s trade with Cleveland and Sacramento?
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