In the last 24 hours, Dennis Lindsey has done something no other Jazz GM has had the balls to do: get rid of every guy but the promising young guys and surround them with players that don’t play. “Why would he do this?” most fans have asked on comment boards. It’s simple and genius and everything that Jazz fans should want.
1. Dennis Lindsey is the Billy Bean of the NBA
Think about it, last year what did fans get frustrated with most? The fact that the guys that should’ve been playing were on the bench and Corbin wouldn’t play them. Foye started over Burks, Millsap over a much bigger force in Favors and for most of the season Marvin over Hayward. By not signing and trading for veterans who frankly aren’t the best players but have been around the game a while, it will force Corbin’s hand in playing the 5 young guys. Corbin won’t even be tempted because the young guys are already better. This next year isn’t about winning it’s about gaining experience and chemistry.
2. 2014 Draft is the Best Since 2003: LeBron’s Draft
Now there maybe isn’t a player as good as LeBron but there will be 5-9 all-stars in this next year’s draft and any team that can grab one of those guys will be much better off. The biggest name is Andrew Wiggins (Ender’s Game we call him here at Purple and Blues) who has the ability and athleticism to be a Kobe or Lebron type. After that is Julius Randle who is a complete beast of a player. Then Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and the Harrison brothers. Any one of these players would’ve been drafted number one this year and they will all most likely be in next year’s draft.
By trading for Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush the Jazz have solidified that next year is a rebuilding year. This is what they should’ve done last year but it will probably pay off a whole lot better doing it this year. The young guys get to play which will still make a fun year of basketball even if they go 20-62. The Jazz will have 30 Million plus in cap room next season, while getting a high draft pick and seeing which young guys deserve extensions. Everything the Jazz needed to do, Dennis Lindsey has done while also picking up 2 more first round picks giving the Jazz 6 in the next 4 years (including two in the most coveted draft since 2003). Dennis is the man!!