Utah looking good going into 2010-11, Minnesota, not so much

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Most thought Utah would take a step back when they lost Carlos Boozer in the off-season.   No matter what happened, Paul Millsap would be a good low cost replacement.   Boozer signed a 5 year $80 million dollar contract with the Bulls this off-season, an average of $16 million per year.  Millsap resigned last year for 4 years and $32 million.   Millsap provides the same offense with no defense that Boozer provides at half hte cost.   Keeping Millsap for cheap looks great now when Minnesota unloaded Jefferson for a couple picks.  

The Jazz’s biggest problem now is finding minutes for everyone.   Jefferson needs to return to his old form to make Jazz GM O’Conner look like he belongs in the premier GM category.   Jefferson regularly put up the 20 and 10 line all teams want from their big men in 08-09 before slipping below that after microfracture sugery.   I’m guessing Jefferson returns to the 20 and 10 numbers this year.   Jefferson is well worth the two 1st round picks and Kosta Koufos, who will never do anything in the NBA.  Those two 1st rounders won’t look as good when they are in the 20s each year.  

Khan just handed away their best player for two players in the 20s, Khan already has stated he wants to trade Koufos.   He won’t get more than a 2nd rounder for Kouf.   That won’t convince fans to get those Timberwolves Nets tickets next year.  A good GM needs to tell Khan that players trade value goes down when you announce they are on the block. It’s the same reason why he got a bag of crap for Jefferson.   I can’t believe he hasn’t been fired yet.   ESPN doesn’t even need to have a “rumors” section for Minnesota, they can just type up exactly what he says to radio shows and other media outlets.  Khan gave away that he wanted Wes Johson for the draft as well and almost moved up when there were rumors the Nets might take him. I can’t imagine what Khan would actually say about his team if he had a few beers in him.   Oh well, maybe if the team stays bad the Timberwolves Hawks tickets will stay cheap.

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