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Time for Utah Jazz to Rebuild

Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There are going to be people who think the Utah Jazz are still in fairly good shape going into next season, even with all the free agents they have.

On the other hand, I believe that the Jazz need to rebuild this franchise from the ground up because I don’t see how they are going to be able to keep their main two free agents. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are probably two of the top five available players this offseason in the NBA and unless Utah wants to blow out the payroll by signing both of them to maximum contracts, things are about to change.

Jefferson is a goner without any doubt. He was the clear leader of the team this season, but I believe he is going to go elsewhere in search of being closer to a title. Millsap is probably going to head out as well, but he is more likely to be back than Jefferson. He declined an extension last summer, so that makes me think he doesn’t want to be back.

It is going to be up to the Jazz to hand the reins to two young players.

Moving forward, the Jazz are likely going to be led by Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. They are not the same caliber of players as Jefferson and Millsap, but it is time for them to learn and grow as players. It is possible that they can get there one day, but Utah needs to use the money freed up now on other free agents and role players that can make this team competitive next season.

It looks like the end of any hopes for Utah to make the playoffs next season if those two leave, but with all the moving parts, maybe the Jazz can finish .500 again with new players.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.