Utah Jazz mailbag: The team’s most pressing needs and when to expect extensions for Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) goes up for a shot as Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic defends during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. | Ashley Landis, Associated Pres

It has been quite the week in the NBA. The moratorium on trades lifted on Monday, followed by the NBA draft on Wednesday and the opening of free agency on Friday, which was a whirlwind.

As a general overview, here’s what the Utah Jazz did. They took Kansas center Udoka Azubuike at No. 27 and Syracuse wing Elijah Hughes at No. 39 in the draft. They got rid of Tony Bradley and Ed Davis and then re-signed Jordan Clarkson to a four-year, $52 million deal and welcomed back Derrick Favors on a three-year deal with the $9.2 million mid-level exception.

Once the dust had settled on Friday night, I asked Jazz fans what questions they had.

The Jazz plugged holes and answered questions in free agency. What is the next most pressing need to address?

— Clint Peterson (@Clintonite33) November 21, 2020

The most pressing need for the Jazz is a matter of opinion and perspective. There are certainly some people that think the Jazz still need to address filling spots on the roster. But, if the Jazz are done dealing on the free-agent market, which I suspect they are, the next step is getting everybody back in Salt Lake City and getting ready for the next season, which is a multi-layered process.

The Jazz are banking on the value of continuity and with Clarkson and Favors coming in, I think it gives them a huge advantage over other teams that are bringing in a ton of new and different players. Part of that continuity is predicated on the belief that the development of some of the low-usage players from last season have improved over the last nine months and can step into larger roles during the regular season.

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Evaluating where the roster stands, getting in some much needed team workouts, and slowly bringing Azubuike and Hughes into the fold is the next step.

As for the other needs to be addressed, like wing depth, how can the FO approach this?

— Lucas Morão (@sruruca) November 21, 2020

I’ll be the first to admit that I thought the Jazz would address some wing defense through the draft or free agency, but that doesn’t mean I think they went about things in the wrong way.

By shoring up the front court, especially defensively, the Jazz now believe that with the tools they have on the wing that they can be better.

As a thought exercise let’s say that the Jazz were to have picked up someone in the draft specifically for defense on the wing, or even that they went out and got someone in free agency to fill that role.

First of all, a late 20s draft pick is going to be a bench player this season while they develop and it’s not …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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