Josh Barber was fired as GM of the Utah Jazz yesterday after a 2 and a half year stint with the organization. Barber led the Jazz to the lottery for two straight seasons after making the playoffs in his first year. Many are skeptical about the move for the Jazz, as the team recently acquired a plethora of young assets under Barber, including Jeff Teague, Lance Stephenson, and Jabari Parker, and seems to be going in the right direction. When asked about the firing, Jazz owner Adam Smith noted that Barber was "too eccentric" for Salt Lake City and did not share the same vision as the community by "repeatedly referring to himself as God in press conferences".
The firing could not have come at a better time for GM Barber, as he was immediately hired by the Brooklyn Nets, a franchise that Barber led to the D5 championship in 2009, and the D6 championship in 2013. Also accompanying Barber to Brooklyn will be his longtime favorite players, guards Lance Stephenson and Ishmael Smith. When asked about the sudden move, Stephenson, a Brooklyn native, told YES Network that he is "excited to get to hang out with black people again." Ishmael Smith posted on his Twitter that he is excited for the opportunity.
Barber, who previously served a brief stint as Assistant GM to the Indiana Pacers in 2012, as well as GM of the New Jersey Nets from 2007-2011, will make his first appearance in Brooklyn later this afternoon.
Adam Collins inherited the team and then underwent a flurry of transcations to give his team a complete facelift, an extra lottery pick, and overall better talent and last but not least... Hassan Whiteside!
The first trade made by Adam Collins was:
Denver Nuggets trade:
76 Tony Allen - $2,490,180 - $2,980,360 - $3,470,560
Offseason 2015 Take: This trade was a pretty shitty trade in retrospect. I thought I had a chance to compete and Tony Allen gave me depth that I needed. Tony Allen ended up becoming wesley johnson, and that's probably a downgrade overall, but he is younger. And by the time the Jazz have a chance to make a playoff run (2018?) Tony Allen wouldn't even be playing anymore, and James Johnson is very volatile. So probably not a bad trade since I offloaded the contract of Byron Mullens, and James Johnson, Wesley Johnson is a wash. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trade 2:
Offseason 2015 Take: Damn Adam, thats a sick trade you pulled off there. Everyone else that votes on ratings seems to hate him though. 3 points better than MCW? Really? smdh _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trade #3:
Utah Jazz 81 Marcin Gortat $11,212,003 $11,424,253 $11,743,242 $12,103,000 UTA 2018 2nd
Detroit Pistons 76 Andrea Bargnani $11,500,000 DET 2016 1st DET 2017 2nd
Offseason 2015 Take: Holy shit Adam, good trade. By this time I had decided fully to rebuild and was trading away all my depth. Shawn Marion an 83 lel. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trade #5:
74 Al-Farouq Aminu $5,054,463
77 Jordan Hill $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Offseason 2015 Take: While retarded at the time, I ended up trading Jordan Hill for Cameron Bairstow later and that's basically a wash as an expiring.
Randy Foye $4,000,000
LAC 2016 1st
New Orleans Pelicans
Marcus Morris $2,943,221 $4,094,020
Troy Murphy (Contract) $1,000,000
2015 BKN 2nd
2016 MIL 2nd
Offseason 2015 Take: Shit trade. I wanted to unite Marcus and Markieff Morris as they are some of my favorites, but Spike was a dick and wouldn't give up Chief Kieff so I basically lost a 1st for nothing. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trade #7
Offseason 2015 Take: This might go down as a stupid move, but if Vonleh turns out like I think he will, this is going to be the sexiest trade of all time. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trade #8 AKA Greatest Trade of All Time
Offseason 2015 Take: Fuck the Haters Whiteside is the next Jesus. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________