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: 9

Contract status: Free agent

When Big Al came to Salt Lake City, it was to solidify the frontcourt after the departure of Carlos Boozer and to become Deron Williams' right-hand man. Williams' departure to Brooklyn before the year's end and the retirement of coach Jerry Sloan changed a lot for Jefferson.

Jefferson was the go-to guy in 2012-13. When Utah needed production, it turned to Al and he frequently came through. He has established himself as a premier big man in the NBA, and as such, will command a premier salary.

This season, Jefferson made $15 million. Whether the Jazz will choose to retain him for at least that much money over the next few seasons is another matter entirely, and is completely unknown.

On summer plans: Spending time working out in Santa Barbara with teammates and letting agent handle his free agent status.

Quotable: "It could be a totally different Utah Jazz team next year or it could be the same team next year. But one thing I do know about the Jazz — they're smart and have been doing this for a long time. They're always going to make the best decisions."
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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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