I’ve been out of the NBA news cycle for a little while now. I’m unfortunately still suffering from the whole Miami Heat winning the championship thing … That destroyed my little sports heart in ways no man can ever fathom.
Life goes on, right? Well, I’ll officially site today as the FIRST DAY OF THE 2012-2013 season. And what better way to kick things off than with the NBA Draft, which is probably happening right now … *checks NBA.com* … Yup. I’m still not interested. Why? Because the Utah Jazz are nowhere to be found in the first round … well, they have the 47th pick, so I guess that counts for something (as history consistently shows).
But I digress. I’m more interested in the moves Utah is making behind the scenes. The first official move of the season has the Jazz attempting to nab Mo Williams from the LA Clippers in a three team deal that would send Lamar Odom to LA (where he will hopefully stop pouting) and officially end his disappointing stint in Dallas.
I’m all for this move, even despite Williams’ hefty $8.5 million price tag. Williams started in Utah back in 2003, proved adequate and was therefore shipped to the Bucks and then the Cavs where he excelled under, ugh, LeBron James’ rule. He went to LA in 2010, but injuries (and a supporting role) have limited his impact.
Williams is, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, on the books for one more season with the Clipps and can veto the trade by opting out of his contract in which case the 29-year old PG would look for a longer term contract elsewhere.
Should Mo sign with the Jazz, he would instantly fit into Corbin’s offense and provide some much needed long range shooting. I can easily see him starting over Devin Harris (which means we would have to bid farewell to Watson or Tinsley), but also serving as a potent combo to Harris’ drive-to-the-hole-like-a-bat-out-of-Hell game. And what’s better, the Jazz would likely pick up his contract once it expires at the end of this season (should he perform adequately) since Utah is one of the few organizations that place loyalty above quality (that’s not a knock on Williams, mind you).
I would really like to see this move take place, but we’ve been here before with the Jazz. Few stars are willing to give up the glamor of LA for the mountains of Utah … Hopefully Williams will buy into the direction Utah is going and get the trade chips flowing in the right direction. At the very least, should he choose the number eight jersey I can wear my old D-Will rags again!