Utah Jazz: Breaking down free agency, the 2012-13 Jazz roster and the future

Published: Friday, April 19 2013 11:55 a.m. MDT

The Utah Jazz ended their season Wednesday, and many questions remain as to what will happen moving forward.

The mood in the locker room as the team cleaned house Thursday was somewhat somber. Jazz players said they regretted not making this year's NBA playoffs and the potential dissolution of this team. The relationships that have grown between Jazz players this year were strong, and now the 15 players on Utah's roster are not likely to all be on the same roster at the same time ever again in their NBA careers.

This year's team featured eight unrestricted free agents. These free agents will have to negotiate a contract with one of the 30 NBA teams out there in order to play next season, and obviously, some players will be more expensive than others.

Additionally, one player holds an option to return to the Jazz if he chooses, and three players are under a team option to return next year if the Jazz want them back. For two Jazz men, the 2013-14 year will be a contract year, and one player has been signed through 2014-15.

Who are the free agents as well as those with an option, and how likely are they to return to Salt Lake City? The Deseret News sports staff breaks it down.

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Roosevelt, UT

The Jazz have accumulated too many mediocre players like the junk yard dog, Jeremy Evans, Kevin Murphy. No other contending teams in the NBA would be after any of these players and neither should the Jazz. I hope they have that figured out.

If the Jazz keep Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burk then they should get Tinsley to return to oversee things in the locker room. When Jerry was here he did a lot of that but Corbin has his hands full with on court stuff.

The Jazz having deep pockets will have little effect or meaning in the free agent market as free agents with big upside are already being courted by contenders. This year when the Jazz lose Milsap or Jefferson they will be net contributors (losers) in the free agent market.

The team needs Foye, imagine Foye vs Korver where one can and will play defense and will shoot shots in crunch time and was a game changer in several games while here. Korver changed the games while here but it was not for the good, the other teams got to play 5 on 4 against the Jazz while Kover was on the floor.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I was a little surprised to read that Carrol was "unlikely to return." I would think he would be someone the Jazz would like to have on the roster and he seems to like being part of the Jazz.

Saint George, UT

Four months ago I never would've dreamed of saying this, but I think we need to bring back Jefferson and let Millsap go. While I love his versatility, Millsap has been far too inconsistent and seems unhappy here whereas Jefferson seems like he wants to be here. I also love the idea of Jefferson and Favors starting at the 5 and 4 positions with Kanter and Evans coming off the bench. I agree with HD that Carroll needs to come back; he's a guy that won't get many minutes but can give maximum effort while he's out there and really impact a game.

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