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Who Will Be The Missing Piece For The Jazz?

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Every day the news is filled with stories about some other free agent getting signed to a team. Improvements are being made all around the NBA….well not quite everywhere. Some of the teams who lost excellent players in the free agent market have yet to fill in the gaps and the Jazz are very much in this group. Having lost not only the size and strength of Carlos Boozer, we have also lost the accurate three point shooting of Kyle Korver. Then there is that questionable move (yet again!) by the Portland Trailblazers, offering first year player Wesley Matthews to a max contract including a 9 plus million dollar up front payout. Didn’t we just go through that last year with Paul Millsap? That same team tried to lure him away with the max money offer which the Jazz had to match in order to keep him. Now they have done the same thing with Matthews and although he is a great fit for our team and was a starter for most of the year, the asking price is just too much for our very limited means. The decision has not yet been made, but it appears likely that Matthews will be heading out the same door that Boozer and Korver exited from. Meanwhile…..we are still desperately in need of a big guy to clog up the middle and get some rebounds and play some good defense. Rumors are that the Jazz are trying to work out a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire Al Jefferson, a 6’10”, 265 pound big guy who can play either the center position or power forward. Let’s hope that this deal goes through because he sounds like just what the Jazz need right now.

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