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Published: Saturday, April 20 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

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IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Paul played lazy most of the season. Jefferson can score but plays so little defense. Almost as bad as Boozer. Both Evans and Kanter can both score in double figures and both play better defense than Paul and Jefferson.

Must keep Foye and Mo.

Dustin
Idaho Falls, ID

#1 free agent to ignore and never let back: Marvin Williams. Corbin is in love with him, and nobody can figure out why.

#1 free agent to keep next season: DeMarre Carroll. There is no doubt he makes everyone better when he is on the floor.

I think we can keep Jefferson if we will change our defensive scheme. If Jefferson is asked to defend the pick and roll, or chase down perimeter shooters, we are in trouble. I am not a basketball coach, but perhaps there is some type of zone defense that could be utilized.

UteNationAlum
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Please Jazz, just move on.

And get a coach!

milner
Centerfield Sanpete, UT

Defense is where the Jazz need improvement! Jefferson was the worst defensive player on the team! I don`t think Milsap played that hard this year! I think we let both these players go! I think MO Williams should be resigned along with Foye and see what players are avialable in free agentecy!

logicalsportsanalyst
Pleasant Grove, UT

It sounds great to go looking for FAs. HOwever, we are a small market team, and don't have a lot to offer to the GOOD FAs. I do agree that Jefferson needs to go. I think Millsap would be good as a 6th man-if he would take it. We have a LOT of money tied up in GOOD players. Mo would be nice ONLY if he took a pay cut.

fortydam
OREM, UT

logicalsportsanalyst, Nice analysis, but I think Mo should stay only as a backup, (and a big pay cut). I think Sap plays his usual tough game if Jefferson isn't in the lineup with him. (I wouldn't spend a bunch on him). Get rid of Jefferson. I'm not sure how a beanpole like Evans will ever amount to a NBA regular. Goodby Watson, Tinsley, Mo, Jefferson, and the guys they picked up at the end of the year. Keep Hayward, Kanter, Favors, Burks. (I still think Marvin played the toughest defense on some of the Jazz toughest opponents, but his game isn't suited for spot up jump shots). So if they are stuck with the same offense, Marvin's gone too. I'd give Corbin one more year without the bad mix of talent.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

I agree Millsap would be a good sixth man, but he won't buy in and so it won't happen. However, I can see a case for keeping Jefferson. He's a good scorer but weak on defense. Favors is a strong defender but not yet a dependable scorer, though the potential is there.

It would be interesting if the Jazz could get Jefferson to sign for a single year at $15 million to help bring Favors along - he has proven very willing and able to do so. That tandem on the court at one time would offer a very imposing offensive and defensive front line, and a three-man rotation including Kanter could be even better.
That way, management can focus on getting a high level veteran point guard, a drafted point guard for future development, and a proven shooter to pair with Foye. And by all means keep Demarre. He won't cost much but his infectious attitude with the draftees will be invaluable. I would keep Mo only if they can't find a better veteran point guard (Jose Calderon?).

Tyler Ray
Taylorsville, UT

The best thing to do is let millsap, Jefferson, Mo, Tinsley, Watson go and get involved in getting a premier shooting guard/small forward to play next to Hayward. Draft a pass first point guard and then let Favors and kanter start and watch them grow without being hindered by lack of minutes.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

@Dustin

1. Uh, Marvin Williams has a player option to come back and after the horrific season he had he will be taking that deal and staying here. We have no option/control.

2. #1 free agent DeMarre Carrol? What planet do you live on? He is a fringe role player. He is not a starter. He is a bench energy guy. Even he knows that. If he was the #1 priority as a free agent then the Jazz would never sniff the playoffs let alone win any playoff games.

The Jazz better have their sights set on some better free agents than that or we are toast. Randy Foye is an obvious free agent priority and there is no comparison between his contribution and Carrolls.

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