Northwest Notes: Brooks, Jazz, Wolves

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey says that the team has a number of options to consider this offseason as the franchise looks to take its next step toward the playoffs, Jody Genessy of The Deseret News relays. The different scenarios that the team has come up with include trying to attract a big name free agent to add to its young core; continue building with youth through the draft; or potentially trading its first round pick this year as part of a package to acquire a veteran player, Genessy notes. “We’ll come up with something that is sound,” Lindsey said. “If sound means be bold, then we’ll do that. The Miller family is fully committed to that. … The neat thing is we have a full set of alternatives.”

Here’s more happenings from the Northwest Division:

  • For their part, many of the Jazz‘s players would be happy to have the same roster as this season return for 2015/16, Genessy adds. “I think the group is really excited. It’s super young. I think we’re really just scratching the surface of what can happen,” forward Joe Ingles said. “The future’s there. The guys work hard. The coaches probably work even harder behind the scenes. Everyone’s excited.” Of course, Ingles may be a touch biased in his desire for the roster to remain intact, since he is eligible to become a restricted free agent this offseason if Utah tenders him a qualifying offer worth $1,045,059.
  • Scott Brooks‘ tenure with the Thunder had far more positives than negatives, and the organization owes much of its identity to its former coach, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman writes. Brooks was also great at developing young talent, something the former head coach didn’t get enough credit for, Carlson adds.
  • Wolves executive/coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota is going to prioritize improving its outside shooting this offseason, Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune writes. Saunders acknowledged that any upgrade to the team’s outside game may have to come from developing its own players, since today’s college game is long on athleticism and short on shooters, and that often those who are the best three-point shooters lack the athleticism to play in the NBA, Zgoda relays.

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