Luigi wrote: SoCalJazzFan wrote:
Luigi wrote: That being said, we must be on the lookout for ways to acquire swings in the draft now. Gotta have those rookie contracts coming in to keep building a competitive roster.
With what, our second round picks, that DL doesn't use?
Inigio is right, this is a win now move that handcuffs the Jazz for several years to come.
I do think we had to make a move during Mitchell's rookie window. This is probably the best available. (I'm taking the trade to indicate that Russell wasn't playing ball, same with Harris.)
I'm not so sure we'll be so handcuffed. There are a few variables here. It does have some risks involved though.
I agree that the window to make a move was between now and July 2020. I also think that Conley is a good fit for the Jazz, although he does have all of those age, size and injury concerns.
However, this is a shortsighted, crazy overpay that could damage the Jazz in the future. What perhaps bugs me the most is that it was done now before the dust settled the first part of July, when Conley could have been had for the same price and the Jazz would then know for sure that they struck out on other free agents, and the ridiculous "protections" on the 2nd pick. Did the Jazz really know that DLo was not on board with Utah, or was it that they didn't want to take the chance of failing or signing someone who smokes weed in a day and age where it is becoming increasingly acceptable and even legal?
At this point, it is a done deal, and I have to hold out hope that Conley does push the Jazz into the WCF with a shot of the Finals, that he isn't resigned when in his mid-30s, and that Exum finally becomes the player all bandwagoners has hoped he would become between now and then. If not, the Jazz could be in the 6-10 seed range for a while.