With the Rony Seikaly trade brings negated in ‘98, I wonder if Utah made any other attempts to land a starter quality big man that season or at trade deadline in preparation for a rematch with the Bulls. While I thought Morris and Foster contributed in the playoffs and finals well, would another solid, veteran big have made a difference? I looked at the other rosters around the league in 1998 and Christian Laettner stood out to me. He was a year removed from his only All Star appearance with Atlanta and not having a great year, only starting 40 games and playing in 70+. Not sure if his health and injuries, though. He and Seikaly had similar numbers, but Christian was a better all around player and could stretch the floor a bit for Karl like Foster did. It would have been pretty amazing to have CL as the starting center alongside Stockton, Malone, and Hornacek. Three Dream Teamers. Laettner’s career also might have ended up differently. Maybe he would have stayed a few seasons and helped get the Jazz back to the finals again. Maybe he would have relished being on a winning team similar to his Duke days. The other guys that stood out to me as possibilities were Horace Grant, as he was in post-Shaq Orlando and his experience with Bulls might have given the Jazz some edge, and AC Green who was in Dallas. Both guys had championship pedigree, so maybe it would have given Utah that tad of extra experience to get over the hump.