zero24gravity wrote:I spent hours last night watching every ESPN/sports channel I could, to see reaction from National reporters. I heard from about 7 different shows/experts and EVERY SINGLE ONE praised the Jazz for this trade. Not one questioned the deal, not one! 3 of them even put the Jazz at the top of the West, and legit title contenders, with another saying the only reason he isn't penciling in the Jazz as top seed is because he wants to see how the Lakers fill out their roster.
The West is suddenly wide-open, and while there's still lots of time for things to shift and the Jazz need to figure out how to get a PF and another shooter, they are primed for a legit title run THIS YEAR. Super pumped!!!!
Yes, though giving up FRPs and signing old man Conley with his player option certainly has considerable risks, with Gobert and DM being as good as they are, and with the Warriors and Rockets facing issues, it seems like good timing to take a big swing and see what happens.
It feels good to already have the deal done. Our front office has moved on to concentrate on filling out the roster while a number of teams are still preoccupied with where the top tier free agents land. Some of these teams are going to whiff on their top targets and wind up disappointed. We are also a bit more attractive destination now for lower level free agents looking to join a competitive, winning team --- we've got a solid big three of "not quite All Stars".