View Full Version : D-Will Involved in Jazz Personnel Decisions?

07-27-2008, 08:07 AM
Deron Williams seems to enjoy bending the ear of general manager Kevin O'Connor and he's even played some summer golf with Jazz president Randy Rigby in his group. And while there's a fine line between a superstar who meddles and one whose input is not only welcome but also respected, Williams sure sounds like someone who knows the difference.

"Kevin, for the last year, year and a half, has (come) to me and asked me for some input on guys that I know," he said. "So, you know, I'm not an overbearing guy where I'm gonna come be like, 'Get this guy, get this guy,' or 'We need this guy.'

"But if he (O'Connor) asks me for my input, and maybe I feel like we need something, then I'll give him a little input. But I'm not gonna try to take over his job, because he's the best at his job in the first place."

Already, though, Williams' work when it comes to potential free agents has begun.

The same day he signed his extension, the Jazz point made a passionate plea to All-Star power forward and fellow Team USA member Carlos Boozer.

Boozer will be eligible to opt out of the final year of his contract and seek a deal on the open market next offseason, but Williams has made it abundantly clear he wants the Jazz's leading scorer and rebounder to remain long term.

It marked the start of a stay-in-Utah campaign that could require significant time and effort over the next several months, as not only Boozer but also starting center Mehmet Okur and backup shooting guard Kyle Korver have the option to wiggle out of their contracts with the Jazz next summer.

"I'll try to help Kevin keep everybody here, or get some guys he wants here," Williams said. "I feel like I can play a little part in that," he added. "I don't know how much. But I think those guys trust me and like playing with me enough that I can sit and have a conversation with them."


07-27-2008, 08:30 AM
Hmm, that's pretty interesting... I wish my pg, could do that, I bet Marburys good at picking teamates!

07-27-2008, 08:57 AM

07-28-2008, 11:04 AM
Worked for Kobe

07-28-2008, 11:57 AM
Worked for Kobe

Yeah it definitely did, look at the previous 3 seasons and compare it to this last season. Kobe did an excellent job motivating his teammates to work hard.

07-28-2008, 12:22 PM
That's pretty cool. I wonder if Bosh gets any say in the deals we do.

07-28-2008, 12:25 PM
lol kobe kobe kobe