Utah to add another point guard
Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor and coach Jerry Sloan met
Saturday afternoon to discuss filling the roster spot left vacant by
last week’s trade.
The Jazz sent Eric Maynor and the contract of retiring Matt Harpring to
Oklahoma City on Tuesday for Peter Fehse , a German League player who
is not an NBA prospect.
The deal left the Jazz with 12 players under contract, including only two point guards.
League rules mandate the Jazz sign a 13th player, and O’Connor said after the team’s shootaround that the newcomer will be a point guard.
The Jazz aren’t rushing to make a decision, however.
"… We’re going to study some tapes and make some phone calls about the availability of guys and determine what direction we’re going to go," O’Connor said.
Without Maynor, the Jazz have two point guards — starter Deron Williams and Ronnie Price .
Because Utah is finally healthy and deeper at other positions, signing another point guard makes the most sense, O’Connor said.
At their meeting, O’Connor and Sloan went over a preliminary list of "10 or 12" point guards the Jazz will consider.
Utah could "go young and … and give [somebody] a look and see if they can get better and become part of the future," O’Connor said.
On the other hand, the Jazz could "… bring somebody in who’s been in the league awhile that would better protect us if somebody gets hurt."
Asked if Dontell Jefferson of the D-League’s Utah Flash is a player of interest, O’Connor said, "Yes, he would be."