Trans. Oct 29 12:03 ET (Oct 29 12:03 ET ) After finishing at the bottom of the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz are hoping to take a big step forward in 2014-15 under new coach Quin Snyder. They should get an idea as to how they stack up in Wednesday night's opener against the visiting Houston Rockets, who kicked off their season with an easy win. "We just have to be ready to play and see where we stand," said Snyder, who replaced Tyrone Corbin following last season's 25-57 campaign. Those are the two things if we can get every night, that gives us a chance to get better and be competitive." While veterans Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson are gone, the Jazz return several good young pieces in Trey Burke (21), Rudy Gobert (22), Derrick Favors (23) and Gordon Hayward (24).
The Scoop:Jefferson understands that he won't be a starter for the Mavs, but that isn't stopping the veteran from vying for an everyday role with the team. "I like to believe myself to be an everyday contributor," said Jefferson. "For 13 years, I feel like I've been an everyday contributor, and I feel that I can be an everyday contributor here." While the 34-year-old may carve out a niche for himself with the Mavs, he only average 10.1 points as a starter with the Jazz last season and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
The Scoop:"There were other teams that tried to dangle more money or more opportunity for starting or to play a ton more, but at this point in time I just want to win," Jefferson said at Mavericks media day on Monday. "We have a chance here. Obviously you need to be lucky. You need things to go the right way, have the ball bounce your way, but I believe this was my best chance to win and win now." Jefferson also stated he will help mentor Chandler Parsons, and while he'll be a good guy to have in the locker room, he doesn't belong on a fantasy squad in almost any league.
The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent forward Richard Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench. Jefferson started 78 games for Utah last year but figures to be used as a 3-point threat coming off the bench. The 34-year-old Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 13-year career that started in New Jersey, where he went to the NBA Finals twice with Jason Kidd and Carter.