Apr 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) smiles after drawing a foul against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at ORACLE arena. The Jazz defeated the Warriors 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Carl Landry or Paul Millsap?

Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) rebounds in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Jazz won 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz have four bigs that will be under contract and are looking for at least one more.  Currently the Jazz have Favors, Kanter, Evans and Gobert and will be looking for a veteran to help the young guys.  Tiago Splitter is said to be signing a 4 year $36 million dollar contract with the Spurs and David West a 3 year $36 million contract with the Pacers.

Even after the new cba it seems like players are still getting the money they are looking for which leads to the question if the Jazz get it down to Carl Landry and Paul Millsap which do they sign?

1. Production

Paul Millsap (28) averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 30.1 minutes of play per game along with 1.3 steals and 1 block on 49% shooting.

Carl Landry (29) averaged 10.8 points and 6 rebounds in 23.2 minutes of play with .4 blocks and steals on 54% shooting.

2. Intangibles

Paul Millsap wants to be in Utah but is he willing to come off the bench?  Probably not

Carl Landry hasn’t said if he is willing to come to Utah but will take a bench role.

3. Contract wanted

May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Carl Landry (7) dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Paul Millsap could be looking for a contract that is between what Splitter and David West just got which is in the $9-12 range.  My guess is teams will be willing to pay him $9-10 a year.

Carl Landry on the other hand will probably only get $5-7 million a year contract even though his numbers per 36 are almost identical to Millsaps.

4. Conclusion

It depends on if the Jazz want Millsap starting alongside Favors this next year, but expect Millsap to be pushing to start if he signs.  He’s a Jazz fan favorite or at least was until this past year when his production dropped due to his frustration with his role on the team.  I’d love to have Millsap take a reserve role again but that is highly unlikely, therefore Carl Landry is the guy the Jazz should go after since he will not threaten Favors role as a starter but still be a guy the team needs to bring a solid 20 minutes every night.


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