If the Jazz make a trade that radically alters their lineup and their outlook for what’s left of this season, then I’ll become like Emily Litella, the old "Saturday Night Live" character whose rants stemmed from her misinterpreted or outdated information. Oh, never mind. Certainly, just about anything — or nothing — could happen between now and Thursday afternoon’s NBA trade deadline, affecting the Jazz’s standards for the remaining one-third of the 2012-13 schedule. But assuming the team basically remains intact, here’s what I’d like to see from the Jazz, beginning Tuesday against Golden State: • Gordon Hayward’s upward trend resuming When he injured his shoulder in the late stages of a Jan. 26 win over Indiana, Hayward was averaging 14.5 points and shooting 47 percent from 3-point range in 12 January games. In his third pro season, Hayward was playing with confidence and poise and showing signs of developing into an All-Star someday. He’s eager to get back on the court, and the Jazz have missed his versatility.
Jazz’s five checkpoints for last third of season
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 19