The Utah Jazz have made it clear over this NBA off-season that they are going to build around young players and look towards their future. After either choosing not to or not being able to re-sign Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap and with the team addressing their point guard needs by getting rookie Trey Burke, it’s clear this team is looking past the 2013-2014 season.
However, one of the key things for next season is making sure they are able to effectively develop the young players on their roster. If you don’t surround players like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward with solid depth, they aren’t going to be able to get the experience they need.
Apparently the Jazz realize that, though, as they are targeting another big man to backup Favors in Kanter. According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, the Jazz are one of the teams looking into signing recently waived center Gustavo Ayon.
Over his two seasons in the NBA, Ayon hasn’t exactly been an impact player. In the 109 games he has played in the Association, Ayon has averaged just 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game, though he has shot a solid 54.2 percent from the floor.
The Jazz aren’t looking to add a big man that they are forced to give a ton of minutes to, though. They are simply looking for someone to backup Kanter, Favors and possibly Rudy Gobert, especially if Gobert’s foot injuries are reoccurring. Ayon is the type of player that fits extremely well into that role. He isn’t going to demand a ton of minutes, but he’s also serviceable as an NBA big man playing limited minutes.
There’s no real word on who the frontrunners are to land Ayon, but the Jazz should do what they can to put their names near the top of that list. They would be able to land him for a relatively cheap deal and he would help them execute the plan for this team. All in all, this seems like a under-the-radar move Utah almost has to make.