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After weeks of speculation, the deal really occurred today: the Utah Jazz officially traded Enes Kanter and Steve Novak to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a protected future 1st round pick from OKC[ref]More details on this later in the article.[/ref], a 2017 2nd round pick from the Detroit Pistons, Kendrick Perkins, the rights to FC Barcelona C Tibor Pleiss, and the rights to Tulsa 66ers F/C Grant Jerrett. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was the first to report the trade.
How the trade occurred
Just 8 days ago, Enes Kanter made his trade wishes known publicly for the first time after the Jazz’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[ref]I covered what led up to that situation in this article, so this piece will focus largely on the week leading up to the deadline and the breakdown of the trade itself.[/ref] While Utah was very much internally looking at the possibility of trading Kanter before his comments, going public pushed Utah into acting aggressively to find a deal. The Jazz front office insisted that Enes’ demands did not change what they were willing to accept in a trade, but the feeling was that his comments made a long-lasting positive relationship less likely. Continue reading
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According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Enes Kanter has told reporters that he hopes to be traded before this year’s trade deadline. Jody Genessy of the Deseret News confirmed. Kanter played just over 18 minutes tonight in the Jazz’s 5 point loss against Dallas, but didn’t play beyond the 6:20 mark of the 3rd quarter.
Later, Jody Genessy reported more about Enes’ trade wishes: Continue reading
Serge Ibaka goes for the block on Tony Parker’s shot during this year’s NBA playoffs. But how often does Ibaka goaltend? (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
Goaltending is awesome.
Basketball players have an unfortunate choice: they can sky above the rim and forcefully reject a shot in a direction of their choosing, or they can meekly hope a shot misses so they may gather the rebound. The former is a remarkable feat limited to only the most athletic and genetically gifted of humans, an artistic feat of animal expression. The latter is a game delay while gravity takes its course. Unfortunately, the rules have chosen to punish goaltending.[ref]Yes, I realize this keeps basketball functioning. Just go with it.[/ref] Lame. Continue reading
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When looking at their team’s performances last season, one thing Jazz management noticed was a lack of toughness. This came out especially on the defensive end: despite a seemingly capable roster, with a lot of length at nearly all positions, the Jazz finished last in the league on that end of the floor. Especially notable was that the Jazz finished 2nd-worst in the league in forcing turnovers. Not only was the defense bad, but it seemed apathetic.
Trevor Booker, though, is the opposite of apathetic. He’s found his niche by being one of the highest-energy players in the NBA: he’s the guy who will always go after rebounds, will scavenge for loose balls, and fight for every inch against taller big men. Booker knows his role too; when asked what he’ll bring to the team, Booker listed, “Toughness. A lot of energy. Leadership. Experience.” Continue reading
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The Utah Jazz have acquired Carrick Felix, a 2nd round pick, and $1 million in return for the non-guaranteed contracts of John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the trade. Continue reading
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Kyrylo Fesenko, who played for the Jazz from 2007-2011, was a fan favorite during his time with the team because of his play on the floor, but especially his personality off the floor. If you’re unfamiliar with Fesenko’s time with the Jazz, or just want to reminisce a little bit, check out this video created by Moni from Jazz Fanatical. He’s playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves in this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, and after Minnesota’s last summer league game, I caught up with the former Jazz center for a few minutes. Continue reading
Introducing the new Jazz family, featuring new head coach Quin Snyder.
When Dennis Lindsey was hired in San Antonio in 2007, he was concerned about Quin Snyder as coach of the NBA D-League’s Austin Toros.
“(Spurs general manager) RC (Buford) asked what I thought relative to Quin and the position, and I think I’m pretty good at sizing up situations relative to coaches and teams. I said, ‘RC, I’m skeptical.'” Continue reading
This week’s Real Sports Live program again had me on to discuss the Jazz’s season so far, the legacy of Andris Biedrins, Corbin’s performance relative to expectations, and whether the most important part of this offseason will be the draft, free agency, or the coaching decision.
I apologize for my hair.
Some creative negotiation resulted in Jefferson becoming a Jazzman. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
It sounds obvious: if you can get both sides to win in a negotiation, it’s much easier to get a deal done.
That was the basis of one of the ten tenets of negotiation in a panel entitled “The Science of a Deal” at this year’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, presented by Deepak Malhotra (professor at the Harvard Business School and author of “Negotiation Genius”). Shouldn’t the 30 NBA general managers be experts at this? After all, they’re shepherding some of the world’s most high-profile negotiations. Continue reading
Ashly Mae and Dustin LaMarr, married last Saturday, attend a Jazz game last season.
Ashly Mae used to scare her daughter while watching Utah Jazz games.
“When I watch a Jazz game alone, I’m a completely different person,” Ashly says. “I’m a lunatic. I’m screaming, I’m yelling, my neighbors hate me, my daughter in her room is like ‘Mom! I can’t do homework on Jazz game nights!'”
The good news: she doesn’t have to watch them alone anymore. Last Saturday, November 2nd, Ashly and Dustin LaMarr (@prodigal_punk on Twitter), a longtime writer for SLCDunk, were married in downtown Salt Lake City. This isn’t a typical love story, though; these two lovers met on Twitter while discussing Jazz basketball. Continue reading