Tuesday was always going to be torturous for Utah Jazz fans. Gordon Hayward’s crew made it more torturous.
After reputable reporters (led by ESPN’s Chris Haynes) had broken the news Hayward chose the Boston Celtics, Hayward’s camp pushed back strongly, saying no decision had been made. The Jazz verified they’d been told nothing. Hours later, Hayward confirmed the news via a 2,000-word Players’ Tribune piece titled, “Thank You, Utah.”
Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season, but the point guard only played 49 games for the Jazz while dealing with a troublesome toe injury. After playing Game 1 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Warriors, Hill missed the Jazz’s final three games of the season, all losses.
When Utah traded for Ricky Rubio right before free agency began, it was a signal that they wouldn’t attempt to re-sign Hill. While the point guard market was seen as a strong one just a month ago, several teams who needed guards filled their needs in the draft or via trade (Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Sacramento, and Dallas).
Let’s start with the fit. The 6’3 Hill and 6’6 Ball would actually pair together really well in a hypothetical backcourt, especially since both can play off the ball. Hill shot over 40 percent on three-pointers for the second straight season, while Ball shot a large number of his threes at NBA range or further last season. Ball has the size to guard shooting guards, so even though both players are true point guards, they should have no problem sharing the ball.
Last season, the Lakers were incredibly young. Their Cheap Official NHL Jerseys veterans were players like Luol Deng, Metta World Peace, and Nick Young, all experienced players but none who filled major roles on the team. Adding Hill Cheap Penguins Jerseys to a starting five that is otherwise made up of young players would be good for all their prospects, especially Ball.