Mailbag: A look at what to fix before the playoffs and whether the Jazz’s chemistry would suffer from a buy-out addition

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) run to Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) after he made an acrobatic shot during the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) run to Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) after he made an acrobatic shot during the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

As we near the NBA All-Star break, which will be followed closely by the March 25 trade deadline and the home stretch of the season, I wanted to understand the most pressing things on the minds of Utah Jazz fans.

The playoffs are just three months away (so long as the planned start date of May 22 stands), and although there is still a lot of basketball to be played, that time is going to fly by. So, I turn to the readers to find out what questions need to be answered, what the Jazz need to fix and what concerns are still lingering.

I’m worried a buy-out player addition could hurt the chemistry. This team has something special that I don’t understand. Jeff Green was a great add LY but it hurt the chemistry somehow. I think I just want this team to stay healthy.

— Brian Burton (@ipitythefoos) February 20, 2021

First off, Jeff Green was an offseason acquisition that didn’t work out for the Jazz. He was part of a bench unit that included Tony Bradley and Ed Davis as backups for Rudy Gobert. I don’t think Green was the cause of any chemistry problems, I just think the Jazz weren’t that deep of a team and there were players that didn’t fit.

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As for adding someone significant following a buyout, I feel like you’d have to be really lucky to get a player on the buyout market that would really impact things, especially with this Jazz team.

One of the first things that comes to my mind when I consider the situation is when the Philadelphia 76ers picked up Marco Belinelli before the 2018 playoffs. That was a really incomplete team, the Sixers were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round and while Belinelli was a huge boost for them, he was also a huge defensive liability.

That’s usually what you’re going to find on the buyout market. It’s not like the huge difference-making players are just available for the taking. That’s not to say there aren’t good two-way players that could be useful, there are always exceptions.

But, the Jazz’s eight- or nine-man rotation is pretty set. It’s not as if they’re going to get someone that would get more playing time than Joe Ingles, Jordan Clarkson or Derrick Favors. So, what we’re really talking about is someone that would be playing limited minutes and not really have too much of an impact on anything, even the chemistry of the team.

If they can get someone that could come in and play a handful of minutes as the ninth or 10th man I don’t see any reason to hold off for fear of upsetting the balance …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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