The random thoughts of a man constantly staving off hypothermia and wolves.
01 August 2008
The Rockets are reportedly close to trading for Ron Artest. While the trade can't officially go down until August 14 due to NBA trade laws, everyone seems to be assuming it's a done deal, so here we are. In exchange for Artest, the Rockets give up Bobby Jackson and rookie forward Donte Green.
This is a big move for the Rockets, in my opinion. Artest can score (20 ppg last season) and play defense (2.3 steals per), so he'll help Houston where they need it and yet not take anything away from their strengths. Sure, he's insane, but I think he's got at least a year before his next meltdown. In the meantime, the Rockets just got quite a bit better. And if you remember, Utah barely squeaked past a Yao-less Houston last spring. I don't know if the Jazz can beat the trio of Yao, McGrady and Artest.
Meanwhile, the Jazz are pretty much done making moves this offseason. Apparently adding Brevin Knight is enough to get the Jazz past L.A. or San Antonio. Or New Orleans. Not to mention the fact that now they're stuck with Boozer... either they have to pay Carlos the max next summer, or they lose him to another team that is willing to pay him the max.
I suppose I can hold out hope that Boozer will decide he wants to play defense over the next couple months. I can also hope he learns how to score in the playoffs. But absent of these two things magically happening, next summer is going to be a bad time for the Jazz.
Possible Jazz improvements on this season compared to last season:
1. Brevin Knight performing better at backup point guard than Jason Knight (almost a given).
2. C.J. Miles being given more minutes and scoring around 16 ppg (60% chance).
3. Deron being quicker, faster, and overall more dominant than he was in 2007-2008 (85% chance).
4. Boozer moving away from his matador defense and developing lateral quickness (10%).
5. Boozer learning (or remembering?) how to score in the playoffs (50%).
Any others I'm missing? Let me know what possible improvements we could see from the Jazz in 2008.
I'm a graduate from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Communications with a print journalism emphasis. I currently work as a test engineer for a software company. I've been married for seven years and have three kids.