Ekpe Udoh

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  1. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    Udoh needs 10 MPG consistently every night. I don't necessarily mean that Udoh needs consistent minutes, but rather the Jazz need his consistent minutes. His defensive presence is not just good or helpful, but impactful and elite. The biggest challenge is his offensive ineptitude, so it's really more a matter of figuring out a way to mitigate those issues in ways that get him on the court. Having a quality stretch 4 to pair with him helps, but we don't really have that, at least not in terms of the one that would enable him to get more floor time. This isn't a knock on Favors, and this is not a blame to Favors (Favors is a solid player who almost never makes mistakes), but we're plugging Favors into this backup 5 role to maintain floor time for him. Udoh is the only other guy we've had who can protect the paint with Rudy not on the floor, plus he can't be targeted for a switch (well, he can, but it doesn't work for the other team).

    If we want to maintain defensive identity, and not drop off when Rudy sits, then Udoh has to play. We have to find the minutes for him.

    Ekpe FTW

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    P.S. He needs to be re-signed this summer.
     
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  2. NUMBERICA

    NUMBERICA Well-Known Member

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    Then you have to trade Favors.
     
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  3. mellow

    mellow Well-Known Member

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    Let him walk, he is getting in the way of Bradley's development.
     
  4. LoPo

    LoPo Well-Known Member

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    Exactly.

    If Favors gets traded, Udoh becomes necessary. If we have both Gobert and Favors, might as well use Udoh's expiring in a bigger deal.
     
  5. Shad

    Shad Well-Known Member

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    Favors + trade exemption + fillers for Love.
    Rubio
    Donovan
    Ingles
    Love
    Gobert.

    GG.
     
  6. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    Love is a win-now move that is even risky to win now. He's 30 and still has 4 years left on his deal after this year at about $30M each. That's essentially sinking any cap flexibility into that deal, so you'd have to have a strong belief that this could put us over the top. I guess I could live with it the next two years, but that could easily be the contract that sinks the franchise.
     
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  7. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    BTW, I think you can land Love for expirings. Signing him to that deal was incredibly short-sighted. Nobody is going to touch it. They're out there saying they won't trade him, probably trying to up his value enough to get some kind of pick back.
     
  8. homeytennis

    homeytennis Well-Known Member

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    He is shooting about 90% from the field. He was 1-1 last night.
     
  9. LoPo

    LoPo Well-Known Member

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    No thanks to Love. He doesn't put us in title contention so he's not worth $30 per year.
     
  10. Hekate

    Hekate Well-Known Member

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    I believe consistent minutes would help him find his role offensively. He is such a good passer for a center too.
     
  11. JazzGal

    JazzGal Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I really enjoy his Twitter book club.
     
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  12. Shad

    Shad Well-Known Member

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    We're paying Favors and Exum almost the same amount of money... and both of them are close to riding the pine.
     
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  13. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    Favors can be a FA this summer.
     
  14. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

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    No thanks
     
  15. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

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    Favors is paid nearly twice as much and no where near riding the pine.
     
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  16. Shad

    Shad Well-Known Member

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    IF a team wants him to be
     
  17. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    Well then let’s break it down a bit more...

    Next year:
    Favors + Exum = ~$27M
    Love = $29M

    2020-2021:
    Favors ($0) + Exum =~$11M
    Love = $31M

    2021-2022:
    Exum = $0
    Love = $31M

    2022-2023
    Exum = $0
    Love = $29M
     
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  18. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2018 Award Winner

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    Well, as I said on the switches... CP3 tried to take him on a switch three times and got embarrassed each time.
     
  19. Hekate

    Hekate Well-Known Member

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    I love it when guards try to attack him on the perimeter.
     
  20. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

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    No one is saying Udoh isn't good, but he just isn't better than Favors or Gobert.
     

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