The Utah Jazz are always known for doing things rather quietly. On Tuesday afternoon, it was no different, as the Jazz made another off season trade, this one, Jazz fans will more than likely be excited about, and not necessarily because of the player the Jazz will be receiving.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2014
Jazz fans have let it be known how frustrated they have been with John Lucas, so seeing him get traded, will more than likely see Jazz fans on Twitter show their feelings on the matter.
As for the other two players the Jazz will be sending off, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, they joined Lucas as non-guaranteed contracts heading into this upcoming season. The fact that the Cavaliers made a trade for them could mean they are going to be on the move shortly.
The Cavaliers are wanting to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward, Kevin Love. Trading for three non-guaranteed contracts to help facilitate trades, or make a trade, is another step towards the Cavaliers bringing Love to Cleveland, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The Jazz, while saying goodbye to three players, bring back another young player in Carrick Felix. They also get a future second round pick and cash. According to the radio voice of the Utah Jazz, David Locke, the Jazz really like Felix and expect him to be on the roster next season.
Felix is a 6’6″, 201 pound shooting guard, who only appeared in seven games for the Cavaliers last season. In those seven games, Felix averaged 2.7 points per game.
The Jazz had mentioned that they were wanting to bring back Lucas for mentoring of Trey Burke and Dante Exum, and now, it is obvious that the young point guards are going to be “thrown to the wolves”.
Utah’s current depth chart seemingly looks as follows:
PG – Trey Burke
SG – Alec Burks/Dante Exum, Carrick Felix
With the look at the current roster, don’t be surprised if the Jazz aren’t done with free agency just yet. With only one point guard on the roster, and still only 12 players guaranteed for next year, they are needing to add a little bit more. Look for the Jazz to bring in a veteran point guard who doesn’t have an issue with not getting playing time.