Utah needed another wing at the time, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder understood Rivers’ situation. The Clippers wanted Ingles, but needed another point guard. That wasn’t Snyder’s problem, though. He just hit the jackpot.
“He’s a settling influence (with) his ability to pass the ball,” Snyder said when Utah signed Ingles three years ago, according to Genessy. “He’s obviously a good fit for our group.”
In two weeks or so, as Utah reflects on a plan gone right and a dream season, the uncertain future will come into view. Until it’s resolved, we cannot count on the Jazz remaining a fixture at the top of the West. Until Hayward and Hill make decisions, we can’t rely on Utah.
Such is the cruelty of sports. You get a glimpse at success, you think you can grab onto it and hold tight, and it slips away. Perhaps Utah will be able to hang onto it. Perhaps not. In two months’ time, the Jazz will be subject to the whims of a 27-year-old millionaire. Such is life in the NBA.
Reading the tea leaves on Hayward seems impossible. All indications suggest being in a winning situation is what matters. Utah is winning now, but it’s been a long seven years. As a restricted free agent in 2014, Hayward met with several teams, eventually signing an offer sheet with Charlotte. (LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland derailed Hayward’s Cavaliers recruitment.) Utah matched Wholesale Jerseys From China the offer sheet — they likely would have matched a Cleveland offer, too — and Hayward rejoined the Jazz.