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Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke breaks down the latest move from Dennis Lindsey
Today the Jazz acquired the 33rd pick of the 2013 NBA Draft Carrick Felix.
Here is what people are saying about him
Chad Ford on night of 2013 Draft - ”Felix made his mark as an athletic defender. He really impressed teams in workouts. He’s a really nice player in the second round who could end up as a rotation player.”
Eric Musselman, Arizona State associate head coach when Felix was at Arizona State, from SB Nation
He’s a great, great leader. Not a good leader but a great leader. Our team was leaderless other than coach [Herb] Sendak so he was the voice that, starting in the preseason when we did conditioning and stuff, he just kind of took the whole team and wrapped his arms around the whole group and pulled them. He didn’t lead by just voice, he led by example. And I thought he just did a phenomenal job of getting our team to believe and that was a lot of the reason for the big turnaround this year was his leadership.
He’s going to make the Cavaliers’ practices good in January and February when it’s kind of hard to still be into it mentally. He never has a bad day, he’s always smiling. He’s serious and yet understands, he lights up the room with his smile. Even after a loss, he’s just got a great disposition about himself.
Putting on an NBA uniform is really important to him. And he’s not going to take it for granted. And he’ll do all the dirty work. It’s not often you’ll see a senior carry the equipment bags in and out of hotels. That’s the type of kid he is. He’ll just pick up a bag and carry it in. He’s egoless and his game’s egoless on the floor. He believes in doing things the right way and because of all that he’s going to find his niche in the NBA.
Dennis Lindsey and his staff keeps working. Today the Jazz made a deal acquiring Carrick Felix and a 2nd round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers. In exchange, the Jazz traded the three non-guaranteed contracts of John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcom Thomas.
WHO IS CARRICK FELIX?
Felix is a 6’6 shooting guard out of Arizona State and the University of Southern Idaho who was a 2013 2nd round pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is 23 years old.
Out of Southern Idaho, Carrick originally committed to Duke, but was denied admission. He spent two quiet years at Arizona State and then had a very good final year with the Sun Devils.
Felix is a defensive minded wing player who is an excellent athlete. He has shown signs of being a solid spot up shooter. He is also a very strong rebounder for a shooting guard. At Arizona State, Felix was an all-defensive team Pac-12 player averaging a remarkable 8.1 rebounds a game as a shooting guard.
Last year, he played just 7 games for the Cavaliers.. His season was derailed by a stress fracture of his left patella (knee cap) sidelining him for 8 weeks on January 29th.
He played 9 D-league games as well, scoring 11pts, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing 2 assists while shooting 46% and hitting 33% of his three’s.
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown last year, said Felix “is a young guy that brings a ton of energy and tries to play the game the right way. He’s a guy who can get extra possessions, who knows how to defend and he’s a great runner in transition.”
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM CARRICK FELIX?
Felix is going to a part of the Utah Jazz. His contract is guaranteed at 816,482 dollars next year. He has a 4 year contract with the next two years non-guaranteed.
Felix adds depth to the wing positions where the Jazz were a bit thin. With Hayward, Burks and Hood the Jazz needed a 4th wing player. Rodney Hood showed in summer league that he is ready for playing time and a rotation spot. Hood’s performance changed the Jazz approach to another wing player. The Jazz have opened that door for Hood and Felix is insurance.
The Jazz scouts have had an eye on Felix and like his defensive mindset, his ability to rebound and believe he can shoot the three. He is not an offensive playmaker with the ball in his hands. This is an opportunity for the Jazz to add a player they like and believe has a chance to develop into a rotational piece.
I wouldn’t expect a great deal of playing time for Felix unless injuries give him opportunities.
WHY DID THE JAZZ TRADE THESE PLAYERS?
The Jazz gave up two who weren’t going to be on the roster next year and a third who was very unlikely. John Lucas was not returning as the backup point guard. Eric Murphy after a disappointing summer league was not going to get his guarantee on August 1st.
Malcolm Thomas had a very strong summer league and was expected to be at training camp for the Jazz. However, the Jazz have a duplicate at the position with Jeremy Evans. Evans is guaranteed the final year of his contract next season and his experience gives him the edge at this position.
Thomas was going to have a hard time making the team. With 6 bigs already on the roster, Favors, Kanter, Gobert, Booker, Novak and Evans it is hard to see the Jazz carrying a 7th big, If Thomas were to make the team the Jazz would probably have to trade or cut Evans. With Evans guaranteed 1.7 million and Thomas at 1 million, then you end up with a choice of Evans at 1.7 or Thomas at 2.7 (the two contracts combined) . Strange how it works, but the numbers were against Thomas.
The Jazz received a player they like who is going to play for them next year and a 2nd round pick in exchange for three players who were not going to play for them next season.
WHY DID THE CAVALIERS MAKE THIS TRADE?
Gives the Cavs some more flexibility and gives them some tradable chips that non guaranteed contracts. The rule of aggregation means the Cavs can’t put these three players together in a deal for a period of time (maybe 2 months). However, they could add Lucas (1.6 million) or Thomas (1 million) to a deal and the receiving team (read Minnesota) could release the player and never pay the contract.
Just a thought the Cavs need to get within 125% of Kevin Love’s 15.7 million or within 5 million to make a trade as long as they are over the threshold Lucas contract would put a Bennett, Waiters combo within the range of Love.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke takes a look at the details on Trevor Booker’s deal and goes over the roster make-up of the Utah Jazz.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke returns with his daily TIPOFF podcast. He looks back at free agency, goes over the news of the day, and discusses Utah’s deals and the team’s Summer League performance.