What is appreciable about letting Millsap and Jefferson expire when it costs you development (and maybe good will, and dollars and cents, and whatever longterm assets you could conceivably net, and...) of the players your organization is or SHOULD be serious about? That's the course the Jazz have married themselves to so far.
The bottom line is that if Jefferson doesn't have real market value (and I'm confident he doesn't), he doesn't have real market value. Holding onto him beyond reason (you could easily argue that line is as early as trade deadline 2011 and as late as 2012 offseason, you cannot easily argue beyond that) doesn't help your negotiating position down the line, it just makes you look foolish.
The Jazz got Jefferson for scraps: three poor-to-middling assets and financial savings. Does ANYONE think the Jazz could find a team that would give the Jazz a rookie-contract big, two crappy 1sts, and Jefferson off the books immediately or a BETTER offer? I've yet to see anyone - including Alpologists - indicate that he'd net that much. So if I'm accurate in saying that the Jazz couldn't even get that, preserving your negotiating position now and in the future is a very poor excuse as there is no upside. His value is good or it isn't. It's hard to low-ball an offer for a guy with medium to poor market-value.
All bets are off if the Jazz extend/re-sign Jefferson, as will all fans of good basketball in Utah.
Just kidding, this is the last post (until someone responds, anyway):
25 games into this season, the Jazz have the exact same record as last year's team (13-12). For a team whose trajectory by all accounts is supposed to be going up, this is anything but "coming along nicely".
but, but, but, we've had more road games! Just you wait and see!!! Jazz is good for families!!! Jefferson has wheezy!
You can't execute a Long Con when everybody knows you're conning. That's more like bad local theatre. Is it over yet?
Oh and I think the Warriors are the latest to have put to bed the "winning culture" argument this year after their epic tank job last year. That was the most blatant tank job i've seen outside of what the Spurs did to get TD.
That argument is folly.
It's too bad we don't have a Jim Harbaugh coaching our team and instead we are stuck with this man for 20 years. Harbaugh would have benched Al long ago after realizing Favors might not be as far along in some ways, but he helps you win more and has the better upside (if not benching Al for Favs he'd have benched Paul).
You win with good players and coaches and smart front offices.
Likewise if you have crappy players and coaches and a dumb front office then you will lose regardless of "culture"
I also find it foolish to prematurely push precious years onto a growing body that is still developing and could easily have confidence crushed if he's getting dominated every single game. It is expedient on KOC & CoTy's part to not play Kanter, and Favors to a lesser extent, more minutes than they already are. This team is far away from contending for anything and there's no sane reason to break their bodies down just to appease a few malcontent fans.
Going tank for talent is an entirely different strategy.
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It's not that Al has zero value, it's that he doesn't have $15mm per value, which makes KOC's job extremely difficult. Jefferson on an $11mm per deal was a done trade last season. What do you expect O'Connor to do if he can't trade AJ and the league would penalize the Jazz if he outright made AJ sit on the bench? KOC took a flyer on a guy who potentially paired very well with that D-Will team, but instead got stuck with a bad contract that performs but not at the value needed. It's not like this is a Rashard Lewis situation where you can justify playing him as the 10th man on the bench.
Someone please tell me what KOC's other realistic options are.
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