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The Utah Jazz’ Top 5 Offseason Priorities

Top 5 Offseason Priorities for Utah Jazz, GM Dennis Lindsey

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With the 2014 NBA Draft in the rear view mirror and today marking the date that free agents can officially sign their new contracts, there is still much to do for the Utah Jazz, head coach Quin Snyder and GM Dennis Lindsey. Here are the top 5 priorities for the front office and coaching staff as the offseason trudges forward.

5. Get to the Salary Floor

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5. Get to the Salary Floor

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Even if the Jazz match Gordon Hayward's max offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, the team remains several million dollars under the league's minimum payroll. The Jazz will have to narrow the gap through free agency and/or trades and should also be looking to acquire future assets and maintain flexibility as they do so.

4. Add a Veteran Wing Player

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4. Add a Veteran Wing Player

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The team and its fans were ecstatic to add Duke forward Rodney Hood to the squad at No. 23 in the draft. He figures to be a part of the team's rotation as a rookie, but the Jazz still need a veteran presence on the wing, similar to what Richard Jefferson provided them last year. Reports indicate they are talking to free agent swingman Francisco Garcia.

3. Establish Offensive Identity

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3. Establish Offensive Identity

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Defense was the biggest issue for Utah last season, and the team will work to instill better defensive habits in its players during training camp. However, the team also lacked an identity on the offensive side of the ball. Now is the time for coach Snyder and his staff to iron out the details of his new offense. Point guards Dante Exum and Trey Burke should get familiarized with it during Summer League.

2. Foster Chemistry Between Trey Burke and Dante Exum

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2. Foster Chemistry Between Trey Burke and Dante Exum

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Despite having All-Rookie First Team PG Trey Burke on the roster, the team had to go with the potential franchise changer (and fellow point man) Dante Exum in the draft. With the Las Vegas Summer League beginning this weekend and both players scheduled to participate, the two must develop the ability to play together and coexist on the team.

1. Match Charlotte Hornets' Offer to Gordon Hayward

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1. Match Charlotte Hornets' Offer to Gordon Hayward

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A max contract is a lot for a small-market team like the Jazz to stomach, but Utah has the flexibility to do so and should not be afraid to pull the trigger. Otherwise, they will lose their best homegrown asset for nothing. Reports indicate that the team is prepared to do what it must.

Ryan Aston covers the Utah Jazz for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @MrMaryKateOlsen or add him to your network on Google.