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

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

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Years in the NBA: 3

Contract status: $3.45 million (final year)

Hayward is the third part of next season's core four that Utah will likely seek to retain over the coming years. A talented, lengthy swing man, Hayward has extraordinary talent in transition defense and penetrating offense.

Hayward is in the final year of his rookie contract. The No. 9 pick of the 2010 draft will seek to prove his worth to the Jazz and the rest of the league this year, so he will definitely be a player to watch come next season.

It's likely the Jazz will seek to retain Hayward beyond next season as well. Hayward started for most of the 2012-13 season, and the Jazz have significantly invested in him in terms of player development. Fans, of course, hope that investment will pay off.

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Quotable: "It was an up and down season — a little bit of a roller coaster for us. It's disappointing we didn't make the playoffs, and obviously that was the goal."
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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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