Utah Jazz: A look at each player's contract status and outlook for next season

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  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    May 10, 2017 1:50 p.m.

    Even though players can return after knee injuries in 12 months it usually takes another year before they play like the did before injury. By the end of this season Exum looked more like he did his rookie year (which was still a 19yo rookie). As long as he improves his conditioning and shooting this summer he should be a solid PG. There were guards selected after Exum who have done better but a lot of that can be explained by age, injury, and opportunity (and the draft being being very random). If after next season Exum hasn't made solid improvements I'll worry.

    I hope Hayward stays but at this point nobody knows what he'll do (including Hayward). At least his contract negotiation should be quick & straightforward. "Here's a max contract, do you want it". Everyone knows that's coming so the decision shouldn't drag out. Other contracts will be a lot harder.

    I have a lot more confidence in the Jazz management than I do fans. Jazz managers spend every hour of every day thinking about personnel decisions and have access to better information than what's publicly available. They won't be right every time but DL has a pretty good track record and I trust he'll do well again.

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    May 10, 2017 11:51 a.m.

    BobbyPaluga, Bolomboy has the potential to be a pretty good NBA player. His athleticism and basketball IQ are outstanding and he has a great NBA body to play PF.

    As for Exum, I agree he is largely untapped, but you don't just come back at 21 after a torn ACL and light up the NBA. Jazz need to give him another year to see if he can become a consistent shooter and stay out of foul trouble. If not, they need to cut their losses there.

    Burks will be difficult to trade because he hasn't been productive for 2-3 years when he is on the court and has been injured much of that time. He's also a tweener. 6'4 is a bit smallish for a 2 guard and he isn't good as a PG.

    Jazz need to address the point guard situation. Mack is the one who needs to go. George Hill is not the long-term answer, and Exum isn't really a point guard. Until the Jazz get and develop a young and talented PG, they will never make progress.

    Wish Neto got more playing time. Thought overall he was better than Mack as a backup.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    May 10, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    Thanks for the info Glad it is the Jazz brass and not the fans that decide the contracts and the future. I trust leaving it into their hands.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 10, 2017 6:05 a.m.

    If you know NBA talk, you understand what players are saying. I believe Hayward is gone. He has already decided in his own mind that he wants to play for Boston and try the waters elsewhere. Best of luck to him, but I suspect he will be like so many others. They chaffed at playing for the Jazz, then 5-10 years later they come out and admit they made a mistake leaving.

  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    May 10, 2017 1:20 a.m.

    It's likely time to plan on parting company with Burks and his salary, the Jazz need to either try and get something in a trade or plan on waiving Exum admitting they passed up one of the deepest shooting/point guard **drafts in years in picking Exum over Zach Levine, Marcus Smart, Effrod Payton or Gary Harris. He's had time since his injury to show something defense or offensively, he's a BUST. Joey Babalou may have been a dart throw pick, a local (Weber State fav) he's clearly not an NBA caliber talent.
    1 Andrew Wiggins SF 23.6 ppg
    2 Jabari Parker SF. 20.1 ppg
    3 Joel Embiid C. 20.2 ppg
    4 Aaron Gordon F. 12.7 ppg
    5 Dante Exum PG/SG 6.2 ppg
    *6 Marcus Smart PG. 10.6 ppg
    7 Julius Randle PF. 13.2 ppg
    *8 Nik Stauska SG. 8.5 ppg
    *10 Elfrid Payton PG. 12.8 ppg
    11 Doug McDermott SF 8.8 ppg
    12 Dario ล ari SF/PF. 12.8 ppg
    *13 Zach LaVine SG. 18.9 ppg
    14 T. J. Warren SF. 14.4 ppg
    16 Jusuf Nurki C. 15.2 ppg
    *18 Tyler Ennis PG. 7.7 ppg
    *19 Gary Harris SG 14.9 ppg
    23 Rodney Hood SF 12.7 ppg
    25 Clint Capela C. 12.4 ppg
    26 P. J. Hairston SG. 6.9 ppg

    *Shooting guards