HoopsHype Kevin O'Connor rumors

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The Warriors went 5-18 after Golden State owner Joe Lacob publicly talked about wanting to keep the first-round pick on Bay Area radio station KNBR, saying on March 20, "We think we can get our pick back." According to the Contra Costa Times, the owner reportedly claimed the Warriors and Jazz had discussed options as to how Golden State could retain its pick. In March, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor gave a "no comment" about that report. This week, he didn't want to delve into the Warriors' late-season slide that made Friday's tiebreaker possible. "It's none of my business what they do," O'Connor said. "I've got absolutely no control over that. Zero." Deseret News

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With Thursday's deadline approaching, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor admitted the team is "actively looking" at trade scenarios. "In the job that I have, one of the responsibilities is to improve the team," O'Connor said. "Now you can't improve the team without looking to make trades, and that's what we do. There's 29 other guys that have the same responsibilities to their teams, and they do the same thing. There's a lot of conversations." O'Connor noted that not much trading has gone on yet around the logjammed NBA. But he likes the Jazz's "flexibility" approaching this deadline and in the offseason. "We're active. We're listening," O'Connor said. "We're aggressive in trying to talk (about) things." Deseret News

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For four hours last Friday, Malone co-hosted my radio show and talked about many topics, the way only Malone can. His signature point: He said the Jazz botched the Williams-Sloan situation, giving the player too much power, and essentially blamed Kevin O’Connor and Greg Miller for undermining an icon who had coached the Jazz for 23 years. “On the whole handling of that, I would have to give [them] a D or F, and I would lean more toward an F,” said Malone, who has remained close to Sloan since his own retirement in 2004. Salt Lake Tribune

Trouble had been stirring between Williams and Sloan for months. Sloan admitted that the two “got into it.” Malone said the Jazz had empowered the point guard to go directly to O’Connor when he disagreed with Sloan and that was, as Karl called it, “the perfect storm.” “I know for a fact that [Sloan] was overridden on practices sometime on the road because Deron was calling our G.M. at that time,” Malone said. “ … You give a guy that much power, and he’s the kind of player you think he played hard all the time, but if he wanted to sulk he could sulk. … I never went to Larry [Miller] to talk about Coach Sloan. … It’s not one time, in my gut and heart, that I would go over his head.” Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz have stayed with their company line that Sloan simply got tired and decided the time was right to jump aboard his John Deere and ride off into the sunset. Malone, who regularly talks with Sloan, called B.S. on that. “That defining moment when [management and ownership] should have stood up for Jerry Sloan, they chose Deron Williams,” he said. “And Coach Sloan, being the coach I know and love, said, ‘You know what? We should part ways.’ And he said what he said. And once Coach Sloan says something, it’s history.” Salt Lake Tribune

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The Jazz received playmaker Devin Harris (12.8 ppg, 39.5 percent shooting, 5.1 apg in Utah), promising power forward Derrick Favors (8.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg), rebounding giant Enes Kanter (4.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg), a future pick (or two) from Golden State and $3 million. So? The wheeling and dealing winner? Neither Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor nor Tyrone Corbin wanted to divulge whether they believe they came out on top. "We like the guys we have," Corbin said. "We like where we are now." It's too early to (not) tell, O'Connor added. "What you hope with a trade is that you establish fair value. That's to be determined," the Jazz GM said. "You can't really judge anything on 10 games a season." Deseret News

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