Utah Jazz Mailbag: Donovan Mitchell, Danny Anz, Juancho Hernangomez, and More

We’re in the dog days of the NBA offseason and there’s not a lot of buzz going around the league right now, but that doesn’t mean fans’ minds are lacking for burning questions.

So, it’s time to open the mailbag and answer some Utah Jazz questions.

I really think the Jazz were very patient with this roster, and while they had the best record of the 2020-21 regular season, they have been a mediocre playoff team for six consecutive years and it was clear that the current roster It was not so. was going to win.

Danny Ange was hired in December of 2021 and was given the latitude to make tough decisions about the roster if he needed to be made.

That doesn’t mean he was impatient. He could have come in and decided that some backtracking needed to be done, but apparently Ange, along with everyone else in the seat of power within the jazz organization, believed this team ran its course. Yes, and I agree.

Regular season success is good, and it feels great when it’s happening, but there’s no denying that more was said about that success following its second- and first-round playoff exits. That this team was really capable of more than any of its regular season laurels.

I received more Donovan Mitchell questions than any other type of question, and makes sense.

I’m going to try to answer as many of them as concisely as possible.

I personally believe that the Jazz are going to trade Mitchell before the start of the 2022-23 season. There’s always a chance that a deal doesn’t work out, but I think the optics are such that rounding up a trade would make life a lot easier for the Jazz if they didn’t.

Will it be for the New York Knicks? Another team? Will a deal involve multiple teams? I’m not sure.

If I was forced to take a guess I’d say New York is most likely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a third team is involved in a deal to maximize asset quality.

I don’t think it’s just jazz waiting to find out everything else after the Mitchell deal. I think there are a lot of decisions around the league that are dependent on finalizing the final Mitchell and Kevin Durant situations.

But, to answer the question above, yes, a lot with the rest of the roster will depend on what happens to Mitchell. I’ll look into that a little more in the next question and answer.

I’m sure Juancho Hernangomez was interested in having the first He signed with the Toronto RaptorsBut there are other things to do here than just keep some of the roleplayers interested.

First, the Jazz had to make sure there were enough roster spots to bring players back in the Rudy Gobert trade and any other potential future trades.

Currently, the Jazz roster has 14 standard players and one two-way player, and includes all players that the Jazz acquired from Minnesota.

If the Jazz does complete the trade of Donovan Mitchell, they will have many players back again, and that will require taking even more weight off the roster.

This may include trades from some fringe players or some other stalwarts such as Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Connelly and Jordan Clarkson.

So sure, there was interest, but the Jazz would have to remain flexible, and if they’re going to be shipping from Mitchell, there’s no need to waste Hernangomez on a team that intends to lose.

Part of the beauty of basketball is that it isn’t always pretty.

If Jazz enters a season of full rebuilding where tanking is a priority, I understand it will be hard to watch and enjoy.

You’ll have to try to shift your fantasy for a while. You’re not looking for victories over tough opponents or looking at playoff standings.

Instead, you root for the teams that Jazz chooses to lose, and lose in a major way. You root from unfinished rookies to find diamonds in the rough and you track the development of players like Jared Butler, Walker Kessler and whatever that ends up with Jazz.

You have to find joy in the fact that you’ll probably be able to get cheap tickets to see the games and pay off the suffering expectation through the rebuilding year.

Think towards the future. Imagine how great it would feel if it leads to a historic jazz team that can win a title and how lovingly you will look through the tough years.

Think about the kids watching their first NBA game with a tanking jazz team and how fondly they would look at the bad team that was their first.

It’s the little things, but that’s how you have to approach it.

It was very clear that the Jazz did not need to draft a reserve center. It couldn’t have been more clear that the Jazz needed wing defense and depth and that drafting Azubuike was a wrong move, no doubt.

I think drafting Butler was a draft for the future, wondering what Jazz might need in a post-Conley world, so I don’t see it as a big mistake.

But it’s impossible to say that if the Jazz had differed massively, they would have drafted Desmond Bane (or any other player) instead of Azubuike.

Was this the only thing that propelled jazz to the top? I hesitate to say that this is true.

I think there were other roster building issues and shortcomings that caused this Jazz team to not work, and it’s hard for me to imagine that a draft pick has made a difference over the years.

Bane is great for the Memphis Grizzlies, but Jaa Morant is the more important piece in that equation and Bane is great at it because of the fit of all the parts. It’s possible that the Grizzlies would have been successful at the same rate that Bane hadn’t.

I don’t think a single draft mistake is solely to blame for the Jazz missing their title window with this team, but it certainly didn’t help.

If the Jazz doesn’t add another center to the roster, there’s probably going to be some mild competition between Azubuike and Kessler.

More importantly, who gets that starting spot will potentially indicate who is interested in developing jazz at a higher rate.

It’s impossible to predict who will take the biggest step in their development next year, but I can tell you who needs one.

This upcoming season is very important for Butler. If the Jazz is rebuilding completely, it’s going to give Butler all the opportunities he needs to become a legitimate NBA player, and if he doesn’t progress it would be a really bad sign and a huge blow to his career. Will have effect.

Players whose salaries were added to the Rudy Gobert trade cannot be traded together for two months after the trade, but can be traded individually.

Therefore, the salaries of Patrick Beverly and Jared Vanderbilt cannot be combined to trade for another player until September 6 (two months after the official trade that brought them to Utah from the Minnesota Timberwolves), but Beverly was personally traded. Business can be done with any team. And the same is true of Vanderbilt, Beasley and Leandro Bolmaroo.

All this being said, negotiations and deals are made in the NBA before they are actually made, so technically the Jazz could in theory make a deal that sums up the salaries of the players received in the Gobert trade and then Officially not execute the trade until September 6.

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