There haven’t been a lot of names floating around in Utah Jazz free agency rumors so far this off season. One name that did come up, however, was Houston Rockets free agent, Francisco Garcia, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest and CSNNW.com.
Utah, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Houston have expressed interest in free agent G/F Francisco Garcia, league source says. Dialogue is ongoing.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 9, 2014
Garcia, as mentioned, spent last season with the Rockets, and had a decent year. The 6’7″, 33 year old, shooting guard, averaged 5.7 points per game in 2013-14, on 40.1% shooting from the field and 35.8% shooting from beyond the three point line.
The Jazz could be wanting to bring in Garcia due to his size and veteran presence with a young group. At 6’7″, Garcia has the size to play both the shooting guard and small forward position. He could possibly play a few minutes in a “stretch four” role, but at 195 pounds, he is really undersized to defend power forwards.
For his career, Garcia is a 36.1% three point shooter, and the Jazz are looking to add players who can shoot the ball and spread the court. At 36.1%, however, the Jazz would like to see a better number than that to keep defenses honest. The other aspect of his game that is reassuring, is for his career, Garcia is a 80.2% free throw shooter, which could help out with a young group down the stretch of games to have a veteran player you can rely on to knock down free throws late in games.
Reportedly, the Jazz have “expressed interest”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the two sides have talked. If the Jazz are truly interested, we should hear more regarding Garcia sooner or later.