After all the speculation, rumors and wishful thinking, all the San Antonio Spurs fans that wanted to see Al Jefferson wearing silver and black will probably not get that chance. It was a fun dream while it lasted, but it looks like the Utah Jazz are intent on keeping Jefferson around.
According to Ric Bucher, the Jazz are not looking to part ways with Jefferson, but may be looking at other options.
“Latest word on Utah Jazz and who they'll keep vs. deal between Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap: Jefferson is the likeliest to stay right now, according to several opposing team executives. Consensus is the Jazz can't afford to keep both with Gordon Hayward soon to be eligible for an extension and the belief that Hayward is in the team's long-term plans.”
I guess the whole Al Jefferson thing was just a rumor that got a little out of hand in the first place, but once people started saying it, it just seemed to pick up more steam.
I suppose not all hope is lost just yet. Perhaps if this was something the Spurs were truly interested in, they could still sweeten the deal to land Jefferson. Bucher just said Millsap was more likely to leave Utah, not that it was a sure thing.
The trade deadline is still nine days away, and as we all know, in that time anything can happen. I’m not putting my money on Al Jefferson coming to San Antonio, but I still won’t rule it out.
The Utah Jazz have never won a championship because of the fact the team is in Salt Lake City. Black urban men don't want to live in a city that is family oriented, doesn't have strip joints on every corner, bars to drink at on every street. How are they going to get laid every week? Fly hoes in?!
Bottom line the Jazz were "the" team next to the bulls back in the late 90's and nobody would go to the Jazz to help them beat the Bulls. It comes down to simply the black culture.
So, the Jazz are fighting over mediocre players because the good ones don't want to live in SLC for the above mentioned reasons. The end.