Reports: Utah Jazz interested in smart targets of Solomon Hill, Luol Deng

Associated Press

There are few organizations making smarter moves consistently right now than the Utah Jazz. They have a fantastic young roster, and they made a great trade before the draft giving them depth at the point with George Hill (who fits what they need).

Who are they targeting in free agency? They are not big game hunting, but they are targeting guys who would fit with their growing young core. That starts with stretch four Solomon Hill, reports Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Utah Jazz have expressed interest in acquiring Indiana forward Solomon Hill once the free agency period opens on Friday at midnight, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned….

Hill distinguished himself this season as a versatile talent, capable of being a go-to perimeter defender, and an offensive threat. He established himself as a key member of Indiana’s rotation off the bench, and played arguably the best basketball of his career in the postseason.

Hill is an unrestricted free agent because Larry Bird vastly underestimated Hill and did not pick up his player option before last season. When Hill blossomed as the season wore on, that mistake became more and more glaring.

Utah has Derrick Favors at the four, but Hill would be a fantastic change of pace off the bench, he can play some three behind Gordon Hayward, and he would fit the age and style of their young players. If Hill doesn’t pan out, the Jazz could go with a veteran.

He played well for Miami at the four last season, he’s gritty and tough, and would provide a veteran, professional mindset off the bench.

The Jazz seem to be thinking chemistry and about the long term — both very good signs.