The Utah Jazz would be wise to look at John Wall as a starter for this season if the goal is to compete.
The Utah Jazz are in a weird limbo. They’re currently a young team filled with hope and optimism but are also good enough to warrant consideration as a playoff contender. The one thing that may hold them back, besides the unexpected setbacks that plague each team every season, is the lack of a solid point guard option. The Jazz are looking at Collin Sexton or Keyonte George as possible starters, but neither man is a guarantee. Nor is either man a pass-first type of player.
One player who can come in on a short contract, and can be that facilitator is John Wall. Wall, about to be 33, could easily come in and be a Mike Conley-like facilitator at this stage in his career. In his prime, he was an eight to 10 assist type of guy a night and someone that utilized his passing very effectively.
Sure, he’s not the scorer that Sexton is, and he’s not as good of a defender as Kris Dunn is currently, but he’s good enough at producing on offense to at least give him a shot in camp. Bringing him would give the Jazz a good passer and defender while hurting their shooting, but the team has enough shooting to make that sacrifice.
The only problem is that bringing him in would likely mean that Dunn or Luka Samanic gets cut to make room, and the thing is, neither should be. They’re both more talented than some of the other options on the roster, and if Wall comes in, the team should opt to find a different way to clear space
Possibly making a trade for a small forward, on top of signing Wall, could be the key to success for the Jazz in the 2023-2024 season.