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What ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said about the Utah Jazz on the first take


ESPN’s Brian Windhorst suggests something big could be brewing in Salt Lake City

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) chats with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) as the Utah Jazz host the Denver Nuggets , NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 .

“Why would the Jazz do that? »

That’s the question Brian Windhorst asked repeatedly on ESPN’s First Take Today. “Why would the Jazz do that? »

Why would Jazz do… what?

Trade Royce O’Neale to the Nets for a future first-round pick?

He might also have asked, “Why would the Nets do that?”

He said the whole NBA is waiting/waiting to find out what’s going on in Utah.

Because… something is happening.

Windhorst’s tacit insinuation is that the Jazz are up to something big.

He compared what Danny Ainge did in Boston when he first hired NBA head coach Brad Stevens to a long-term deal and traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for whatever Ainge does in Utah, after Quin Snyder left and first-time head coach Will Hardy signed a…yes, a long-term contract.

Would Ainge have the cojones to duplicate the other part of his action with the Celtics, namely trading both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell?

And rebuild with whatever he might get in return, be it draft picks or new-to-this-market stars?

Danny Freakin’ Ainge.

Never doubt a man who bit off Tree Rollins’ finger during a game. (I know, I know, it was Rollins who bit Ainge, but no one seems to remember it that way.)


Why would the Jazz do that? All the league leaders are doing what they never do, what no one else does around the NBA – pay close attention to, care deeply about, wait to see what happens in Utah.

It’s almost as if nothing happened, all the air would be forced out of the balloon here.

But something has to happen because the Jazz have sent all their wings, which is the most coveted position in all of basketball right now. Remember when this most important designation was reserved for point guards and centers?

Well, not anymore.

It’s wings – and the Jazz has practically none.

It just can’t hold up, at least not in the long run, not if the Jazz are genuinely interested in winning. They need athletic shooters/defenders. It’s not optional at the top of today’s NBA. It is a must.

Not that the Jazz already have athletic wings in their fold. But now they have almost no wings. The wings make you fly.

And the Jazz are grounded.

Why would the Jazz do that? Why?

Another question then is, how will Jazz fans react if the team goes into rebuilding mode? If it doesn’t go into full rebuild mode, how will they react to a major rearrangement? Towards new stars? Towards a new style of play?

It’s a lot bigger than changing the team colors, and everyone saw how that happened.

Did Ainge take a look at what’s going on here and decide there’s no future for Jazz with the combination of Mitchell and Gobert? All those early-round playoff losses being his proof? Didn’t he like the vibe, the team culture, the attitude or the ability of his top guys, especially since the team was in the luxury business?

What’s going on in Utah?

Something. This is the most comprehensive answer anyone has at this time.

Maybe something big. Maybe something that changes the franchise.

Windhorst’s monologue lasted two minutes, with everyone around the table captivated by his question(s). If you haven’t seen this clip, check it out online.

All Jazz fans should see it.

And wonder about the mystery, just like team executives across the league.

Why would the Jazz do that?

Better to wonder about them than to ignore them.

And for the first time in a long time, the focus is here.