To begin the 2013 season like the Utah Jazz have done is, to say the least, pretty pathetic. But, what else did anyone expect out of a team that is clearly in rebuilding mode and looking to have a monster offseason next year between the draft and free agency? This summer was most definitely not the summer to sign big checks, and Utah was smart in holding off.
The Jazz decided not to work out an extension with Gordon Hayward after dishing out some major cash to Derrick Favors. Maybe that’s a clue as to where their heart lies about the future of this team? Hey, I can’t blame them. Hayward leads the team in PER, but that’s not saying much. He’s also only shooting the ball at 42 percent and is averaging 3.3 turnovers per game.
Utah has to be very careful with who they decide to extend and who they don’t. With all of the money they could wind up having, not to mention the draft positioning next year, they have had to be smart during the past few months leading up to this season. They didn’t want to risk pouring out unnecessary dollars into what will have been a mediocre free agency class in comparison to next summer.
So, what’s on tap for the future? Well, for the fans, they will have to endure what will probably be one of the worst seasons in recent memory. It’ll be a learning experience for the guys who are to remain building blocks of this team; like Favors, Trey Burke and big man Enes Kanter.
Who knows, maybe next summer we’ll see Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker holding up a Jazz jersey on a stage next to David Stern. That would surely get some excitement into the heart of Salt Lake City, not to mention fill a few more seats with bodies actually anxious to watch their team. Hold on for now, Jazz fans, there will be a light at the end of this long, long tunnel.