The next few months we will see what Dennis Lindsey has concocted in his mind to what the Utah Jazz should look like. He let Paul Millsap a Jazz fan favorite and Al Jefferson an offensive juggernaut walk in free agency without getting anything in return. He traded up and got Trey Burke, who he feels is the right fit for the Jazz going forward. Lastly he fired Tyrone Corbin, or better yet didn’t give him a new contract so that he could find a guy that he wants running the team.
He’s been heard saying how much he loves the flexibility the team has created for him. He has also been heard saying how much he loves this upcoming draft class, but at the same time will do what’s best for the team including the possibility of trading out of it.
One thing we have to remember with Dennis and any new GM is they have a plan and they don’t usually come in and mess around with what was already set up until they get comfortable and understand the pieces better. My point is players like Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks were all drafted by Kevin O’Connor. Whether they are in the plan for the future is still to be seen.
Lindsey has stated that he sees Gordon Hayward being a lifetime member of the Utah Jazz and he gave Derrick Favors a nice extension that kicks in this year for 4 years. The Jazz are rumored to want Jabari Parker and could possibly try to get him at whatever the cost as the Jazz have young solid pieces to sweeten trade deals if needed.
If the Jazz don’t into the top 3 I almost fully expect the Jazz to try and trade up or out. A solid veteran player to compliment Favors (ie Kevin Love) could happen if the Jazz gave up their picks and Kanter and Burks (in my opinion that’s too much), but it is possible. I am excited to see what Dennis does and I fully trust the guy. He didn’t want to skip a step in the rebuild and he hasn’t done that yet as we saw by last year’s record and getting the young guys quality minutes. All I know is Dennis Lindsey will be active and the Jazz could be looking very different when it starts the 2014-15 season as the team can go in many different directions.
It all starts May 20th when the wheels start turning once Dennis knows where the Jazz will pick.