The Utah Jazz are pushing for a low-seed playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference playoffs this year and will likely get that seventh or eighth spot. They’re currently 23-19, third in the Northwest division behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. If Utah puts together some kind of magical, Cinderella-esque playoff run, their fan base will be buzzing with excitement regarding the 2013 NBA season, but that might be cut short if literally over half the Jazz leave via free agency.
Seriously, Utah could lose 75 percent of their roster due to expiring contracts in the upcoming off-season as the following players will become free agents after this season:
Although not all those players are stars for this team, they all play vital roles. Not to mention players like Jefferson, Millsap, Williams and Foye aren’t easily replaceable. In fact, Utah has a pretty stellar lineup peppered with veterans and it would be a shame for them to have to start over if it’s not necessary. However, it’s tough to re-sign that many players while staying under the cap, especially if the Jazz make a decent playoff run and one or more of those players stand out, they will draw a much higher price tag than if they were just “another player.” In short, Utah’s roster could look very different heading into 2013, but there’s a lot of basketball left to be played before then.