Deron and his good/bad contract
(The facepalm collage doesn’t have anything to do with the post; with the season having ended, I have some leftover stuff I didn’t have a chance to post yet. Since this post is about Deron, out comes the unposted Deron image.)
During locker room cleanout, Deron talked about how the Jazz don’t make deals and stay the same, and therefore gets the same results year after year. When he was asked what the team would have to do to make him commit to the franchise, he responded, “I don’t know. I didn’t say I was* going to be a long-term fixture. So I’m just going to keep playing. Hopefully, the front office will take care of everything else and I won’t have to worry about it.” (mp3)
Those that watch Deron play know that his mood on the court easily swings from “happy and loose” to “angry and murderous” to “frustrated and whiny” as quickly as the ball bounces during his crossover. It’s therefore not too much of a surprise that Deron’s stance on his contract and the length of his contract changes with his mood as well.
When he signed his three years+option (as opposed to five-year) extension in the summer of 2008, Deron cited 1) uncertainty over how long Jerry would keep coaching; 2) how much can change in five years as reasons why he ultimately decided to go with the shorter extension.
Mid-February 2010 (All Star Weekend)
“[The possible lockout in 2011] stinks. I might have signed (for) another year. I might have did a five-year deal.” (desnews)
Late February (after Ronnie Brewer was traded):
“You know, you look at all the teams that are getting better around the West, and we essentially get worse, if you ask me…That’s why I signed a three-year deal.” (desnews)
Mid-April (interview with Dime):
“I hope we can win a championship here. That’s why I signed the extension. I felt we had the right pieces to the puzzle to win a championship.” (Dime)
Mid-May (locker room cleanout):
“We’re a playoff team–just not a championship team. I think we need a couple more pieces.” / “I’m under contract. I’m gonna be here.” / “I didn’t say I was[n't]* gonna be a long-term fixture.” (desnews)
There are some fans out there that are overreacting about Deron’s “long term fixture” comment (as Jazz fans are wont to do). Given how often he seems to change his mind (wanted shorter contract, should have signed longer contract, unhappy with trade, unhappy with not enough moves, we are a championship team, we’re not a championship team), however, there’s really no need. You only need to worry about what mood he’s in when it comes time to opt-in or opt-out.
*There is also some confusion–even within the same paper–as to whether Deron said he was going to be a long-term fixture, or he wasn’t. It’s not spectacularly clear on the audio, but:
–Kragthorpe (sltrib) reported it as “I didn’t say I was going to be a long-term fixture.”
–Rock (desnews) reported it as “I didn’t say I wouldn’t be a long term fixture.”
–Buckley (desnews) reported it as “I didn’t say I wasn’t gonna be a long-term fixture.”
P.S. Before anyone accuses me of this, I’m not criticizing Deron. I love Deron. I’m just saying, this is the history.