The Utah Jazz exceeded expectations in 2012, but there's plenty of room for improvement. A season-ending sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs made that clear.
Fortunately, the Jazz have some options, including a trade exception, a slim chance at another lottery pick in the draft, and most importantly, salary cap space.
Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the NBA's soft salary cap will check in at about $58 million. Currently, the Jazz have about $50 million on the books for next season. (That doesn't include their own free agents: Josh Howard, C.J. Miles, Jamaal Tinsley, Jeremy Evans, and Blake Ahearn.)
Traditionally, the Jazz haven't made much of a splash in free agency. It's hard to lure big names to the Beehive State, even with extra cash. (Sorry, Jazz fans -- players like Ray Allen and Jason Terry are not walking through that door.)
That being said, with money to throw around, the Jazz could make a play for a few key pieces. Here are a few players on the market that might fit the Jazz's needs.
: We've extended this list to 20 players, in no particular order. Thanks to Jazz fans and DesNews readers @AllThatAmar
on Twitter, among others, for the suggestions.
(Note: Unrestricted free agents can be signed by any team. Restricted free agents must allow a seven-day period for their current teams to match an offer.)