Lindsey explains Jazz decision not to trade players
General Manager Dennis Lindsey met with a group of writers after Thursday's trade deadline passed without any movement on the part of the Jazz. We'll have a full story up at sltrib.com shortly, but wanted to share a few quick thoughts from Lindsey first.
The first-year GM was clear that the Jazz felt they were operating from a position of power, with eight expiring contracts set to come off the books this summer. The Jazz wanted to retain that flexibility, although Lindsey acknowledged the risk of losing both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap without a guarantee of return.
While Lindsey joked that the Jazz said "no" to 30 different trades, he declined to put an actual number on it. He said the Jazz were "very" popular in trade talks, but that they didn't feel any of the offers met a high Jazz standard.
"Our highest goal was something that would serve us well now and serve us well later," Lindsey said. "We were very strong in pursuing that but when we added it up there wasn't anything that was better than what we dad."
Lindsey added: "We didn't even have that many tough decisions."
In recent weeks, the Jazz were rumored to be in talks with San Antonio, Phoenix and New Jersey, but a suggested trade that would have brought Clippers' guard Eric Bledsoe to town seemed to be most popular among fans.
Without getting specific, Lindsey said, "a lot of stuff that was out there was completely inaccurate."
More to come on sltrib.com this afternoon.