Northwest Notes: O’Neale, Jazz, Nuggets, Wolves

While the Jazz‘ 2019 playoff run was short-lived, Royce O’Neale‘s performance in the team’s five-game series vs. Houston was encouraging. A role player who averaged 20.4 minutes per game during the regular season, O’Neale increased his averages across the board against the Rockets, recording 10.6 PPG and 4.6 RPG in 27.4 MPG.

The 25-year-old forward was also frequently tasked with the defensive assignment of guarding James Harden, and said that the MVP candidate gave him words of “encouragement and motivation” at the end of the series, as Aaron Falk of UtahJazz.com details.

“Just goes to show all the hard work that I’ve put in isn’t taken for granted,” O’Neale said. “A lot of people are showing respect when it’s due. Earning that respect from him was one of the good moments. It made me feel like I’m becoming somebody in this league.”

The Jazz enter the offseason prepared to make some changes to a roster that hasn’t been able to get over the hump in the playoffs over the last two years. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll part ways with O’Neale, despite the fact that his 2019/20 salary is non-guaranteed — at a rate of $1,618,520, he’ll likely be one of the league’s better bargains next season.

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3 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: O’Neale, Jazz, Nuggets, Wolves

  1. x%sure

    Murray and Jokic have adapted well to each other, and Murray gives the team quick-strike ‘bonus’ points that another guard might not.

    The flaw in the system is that Jokic gets tired and the point center responsibilities can only increase the fatigue. Also other teams can go after Murray on defense.

    This is not a good time to trade Harris after a down year. They already have young PFs behind Milsap. The Nuggets are not stuck with their roster like other teams but IDK what trades they could make… Might as well bring back Milsap, overpaid as he is.

  2. raz427

    Decline Millsap’s $30M Team Option, and go after Tobias. They have enough cap flexibility to go after him. Possibly think of trading for Love only if there is an protected pick attached to it via Cavs?

  3. x%sure

    They would only have about $18MM after declining Millsap. The best FA for Denver is to get with that is possibly… Millsap, on a renegotiation.
    Beyond that, there’s RFA Bobby Portis 24, or UFAs Ed Davis, Jonas Jerebko, Marcus Morris, or Thaddeus Young, all around 31. Young might work the best with Jokic offensively.

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