5 Moves The Utah Jazz Could Make Through Free Agency
Utah Jazz: 5 Moves They Can Make Through Free Agency
No matter how you look at it, this offseason is huge for the Utah Jazz. They have a ton of guys who are entering free agency, and that gives the Jazz options for this offseason. Do they bring back a majority of their core from a team that narrowly missed the playoffs with a record of 43-39? Or do they look to rebuild around a young core of guys like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks? No matter what the Jazz decide to do, it should be very interesting to follow this team through free agency.
The list of unrestricted free agents for the Jazz include All Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye and Mo Williams. These four guys were a huge part of the 2012-13 Jazz. Jefferson is considered one of the best scoring big men in the game and was probably the best player on last season's Jazz team, but will he cost too much for the Jazz to bring back when they have young guys in Favors and Kanter ready to take over down low? Millsap and Williams were the next best players on the Jazz, but could they legitimately let their top three players from a team that was over .500 walk via free agency? It is hard to say right now, but I think the Jazz need to at least consider it. It appears like it is time for them to start rebuilding.
Let's be honest, even if the Jazz would have snuck into the playoffs in the Western Conference, they did not have the talent to seriously be competitive. This is a team that played hard under head coach Tyrone Corbin, but they currently do not have the talent to compete with the best teams in the NBA.
Maybe the Jazz can bring back one of their key free agents, but aside from that, I think that they need to start building around their young core. If they do not re-sign all of these guys, Utah will have some cap room to play with. There is a nice crop of free agents who would be great additions to the young core that the Jazz have built. Here are five moves that Utah can make this offseason through free agency.
No 5: Resign Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap
It is hard for me to think that the Jazz will let both Jefferson and Millsap go. Jefferson is the better player of the two, but he will get substantially more money on the open market. I think the Jazz would be better off to re-sign Millsap and use the money they save to go after other needs on the roster.
No. 4: Sign Jarrett Jack
Watching the Jazz, one thing is very clear to me: they need a solid veteran point guard that can settle them down on offense. I think Jarrett Jack would be a perfect fit in Utah. He would make a nice pick-and-roll partner with their big men and is a guy that is not afraid to take the big shot. Also, Jack is a natural leader on a team that needs some veteran leadership.
No. 3: Sign Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson would be another point guard option for the Jazz. He is a very streaky player, but when he is on, Robinson cannot be stopped. I think he is better used as a part-time player, but Robinson would give the Jazz a nice scoring option, preferably off the bench.
No. 2: Sign or Trade for Tyreke Evans
If the Jazz want to make a big splash this offseason, Tyreke Evans would be a good player for them to acquire. Evans is a restricted free agent, so the Sacramento Kings could match any offer that the Jazz would make. That being said, it is thought that the Kings are ready to move on from Evans, so he could be available for the right price in free agency or in a trade. Evans would instantly become the no. 1 scoring option on the Jazz and would also be a guy who could step in and play point guard if needed.
No. 1: Sign O.J. Mayo
O.J. Mayo would be a great addition to the Jazz. He is a guy who can create his own shot, whether it be from the outside or driving through the lane. Mayo would become a top-scoring option for the Jazz and bring a solid veteran presence. He could also step up and play a little point guard if needed.