SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In the last episode of the Jazz Notes podcast, Ben Anderson of KSL Sports and Sarah Todd of Deseret News break down the latest Utah Jazz scenarios. Over the past week, the Jazz saw their 10-game winning streak shattered against the New Orleans Pelicans, Mike Conley joined the roster against the Sacramento Kings and resigned forward Royce O ‘ Neale.
O’Neale and the Jazz have agreed to a four-year, $ 36 million contract that will begin next summer. The team likely got O’Neale at a reduced rate, instead of allowing the third-year forward to become a free agent this summer and test the market to see how much money he could get with a different team. .
During the podcast, Anderson and Todd agreed that O’Neale could have found more than $ 13 million per season on average with a different team, but prefers his fit with the Jazz to extra cash elsewhere.
Conley played 15 minutes for the Jazz on his return, taking the majority of minutes from reserve goalie Emmanuel Mudiay in his debut. Despite the change in rotation, Anderson and Todd expect Mudiay to return to the lineup when Conley returns to the starting line, preferring to see Mudiay carry the majority of reserve guard minutes and allow Jordan Clarkson to play the ball.
However, as the playoffs draw closer, which players will the Jazz be comfortable playing when the rotation goes from 9-10 players to 7-8.
The podcast hosts agreed that Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic are players the Jazz should feel comfortable playing in the playoffs, but points to. question marks remain on the rest of the list when each possession in the playoffs.
Anderson and Todd then explored the NBA landscape to see which players might be available by the trade deadline that could help the Jazz against bigger opposing wings while providing offensive pressure. Todd suggested Detroit Pistons Markieff Morris as the type of player who could help Jazz off the bench.