The trade deadline has now passed and the Utah Jazz are still the same. Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz brass weren’t able to entice the Memphis Grizzlies into parting with Mike Conley or any of the other trades they were interested in making. Even though it seemed teams all over the place were making deals, in my opinion only two or so of them actually got better enough to change what the standings will say at the end of the season.
Over the past few weeks, rumors that the Jazz were looking to trade both Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors swirled and blew as hard as the snow sometimes does here in Utah. Both players have acted as true professionals through this entire trade deadline period. Ricky Rubio is on record for saying things like
— Jazz Nation (@JazzNation74) February 9, 2019
He and Favors love it here in Utah. The entire Jazz roster are involved in the community, engage with Jazz fans on social media and in person often. Jazz Nation love both the Jazz players and the Jazz’s upper management. There are some days where I would not be surprised if either Donovan Mitchell or Dennis Lindsay were voted in as Utah’s Governor once Gary Herbert’s term is up.
Earlier this week on Wednesday Utah beat the Suns 116-88. None of the Jazz players played as if the trade deadline was the next day and even though rumors that a trade was eminent surrounded several of the players. Today the Jazz played the Spurs and won 125-105 and the same players played the exact same. They are all happy to be here and they are all friends on and off the court. Even though they ended up not making any deals I am still very confident that they will ascend to the top four of the western conference and enter the playoffs with home court advantage.
Check out this tweet that was sent out by Donovan Mitchell:
Solidarity 💯 pic.twitter.com/VJhiQfvNox
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 10, 2019