Utah Jazz: Wild day as Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll leave; Jazz make big trade with Warriors
ORLANDO, Fla. — If it wasn't clear that the Utah Jazz are in full youth-movement mode, it certainly is now after Friday's flurry of activity.
Consider this fact that evolved on a day that included a massive Utah-Golden State trade and big free agency news:
Twenty-three-year-old Gordon Hayward is now the longest-tenured Jazz player.
More proof of a new era in Beehive State basketball on a wild day?
One day after reports surfaced about center Al Jefferson leaving for Charlotte, it came out that longtime Jazz power forward Paul Millsap is also leaving Utah after his seven-year stint.
Millsap isn't the only one heading to Atlanta — for two years and $19 million, per reports. The 28-year-old will be accompanied by ex-Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll, who agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Hawks on Friday.
That was hardly the only Jazz news to break on Friday, either.
Utah also made a big trade with Golden State to acquire center Andris Biedrins, small forward Richard Jefferson, shooting guard Brandon Rush, unprotected first-round picks in 2014 and '17, two second-round picks, and an undisclosed amount of cash, a source confirmed to the Deseret News.
In exchange, the Warriors received second-year Jazz shooting guard Kevin Murphy, a source said, along with valuable trade exceptions worth the amount of the contracts for Jefferson ($11 million) and Biedrins ($9 million), and $24 million in cap relief that will partly used to sign Denver guard Andre Iguodala, according to reports.
The Jazz will not comment on any transactions during this moratorium period (ending July 9) until everything is finalized and approved by the NBA office.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey wasn't kidding last week when he said, "We're a little incomplete as far as roster spots go, so we have some work to do."
Having a hard time keeping up with Jazz roster moves, which include six players being picked up in trades in the past eight days? Here's a refresher: Since draft night June 27, the Jazz have acquired point guard Trey Burke (via Minnesota), center Rudy Gobert (via Denver), point guard Raul Neto (via Atlanta) and the Warrior trio of Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush.
The only Jazz players with guaranteed contracts coming back this fall include Hayward (Utah's No. 9 pick in 2010), Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Marvin Williams. Guard Jerel McNeal, a late 2012-13 roster addition, is with the team in Orlando for the upcoming summer league, but he has a non-guaranteed contract.
The Jazz will certainly sign at least one more point guard — if not two — this offseason to play with and, perhaps, help mentor the 20-year-old Burke. It's also possible that the team will find a spot or two for summer-league participants, who begin action Sunday morning. It's not out of the question that former Utah guards Randy Foye, Jamaal Tinsley or Mo Williams could return, either.
Friday began with a juicy tidbit that the Jazz might pick up former University of Utah center Andrew Bogut in a trade with the Warriors.
Hours later, though, that report dissolved and evolved until facts finally pushed their way through the rumors.
The trade that surfaced helped the Warriors with financial relief they needed, but the multifaceted transaction also pushed Utah's salary closer to the league minimum that's expected to be in the neighborhood of $52.5 million.
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