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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor
It's uncertain who the final two-to-four pieces of the Jazz puzzle will be, though.

SALT LAKE CITY — While tweeting and sweating up a late-night storm after learning about the NBA's labor resolution, C.J. Miles reminded everybody of an important fact.

"No I am not a free agent," Miles wrote on Twitter. "I play for the UTAH JAZZ."

He will again soon, at least.

Nine guys who ended the 2010-11 season in April with the Jazz can also claim that — in uppercase letters if they so choose — because they remain under contract for the condensed campaign of 2011-12.

Coach Tyrone Corbin's incoming group includes point guard Devin Harris, shooting guard Raja Bell, swingmen Gordon Hayward and Miles, small forward Jeremy Evans, power forwards Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, along with centers Al Jefferson and Mehmet Okur.

Throw in yet-to-be-signed draft lottery picks Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, and the Jazz already have 11 of 13 required roster spots filled up.

"I know that we'll be really talented," Bell said from his Miami home Saturday night.

"I know we'll be pretty young. I think Ty and his staff are probably champing at the bit to get us into training camp and kind of implement some of the things they want to put in and throw at us."

It's uncertain who the final two-to-four pieces of the Jazz puzzle will be, though.

When Dec. 9 rolls around and the free-agency period and mini-camp begin — assuming owners and players ratify the agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement — five players from last year's cursed squad won't be able to tweet what Miles did.

The free-agents-to-be include longtime Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who's made a name for himself thanks to his outstanding play with Russian teams this offseason; veteran guards Ronnie Price and Earl Watson; and journeyman bigs Kyrylo Fesenko and Francisco Elson.

When the Jazz hired assistant Sidney Lowe in October, general manager Kevin O'Connor admitted preparation was critical considering this year's unusual scenario.

He usually has a couple of months to fill roster holes.

This time he'll only get a week or so.

"We know it's going to be a shortened cycle to get started," he said a month ago when he admitted the Jazz staff's "biological clock is starting to click."

So are the questions.

O'Connor couldn't comment on specifics, but he hinted that Corbin's team will have a similar feel to it as the traditionally hard-working, precise-executing Jerry Sloan squads from the past 23 seasons.

"We want to have the same DNA that we've always had," O'Connor said. "We're going to try and evaluate as we go forward with the players."

Last month, O'Connor said the Jazz were still trying to determine which guys they want to bring back and which free agents to consider bringing in.

Since taking on a "No surprises" motto when the lockout began on July 1, the Jazz front office has done anything and everything under its power to be ready to roll when it's OK to go.

O'Connor has talked to other general mangers "in generalizations." He described the scenario as "kind of running in place right now, but being prepared to move forward to get off the treadmill to go forward."

Because the Jazz only have one point guard on their youthful roster, it's almost a given Utah will look to a veteran playmaker like Watson and/or Price to fill the backup role(s) behind Harris.

Both players have expressed a desire to return to Utah.

Jazz management also need to determine if they should proceed with the abundance of big men they currently have.

How will they balance giving youngsters Favors and Kanter playing time to foster their development while distributing ample minutes to their proven posts? Or will trading away a seasoned big like Okur, Jefferson or Millsap be the best option? What about Millsap as a small forward?

Then there's AK-47. There's no way he'd get another max contract, but can the Jazz lure him back to his U.S. home of a decade for a fraction of his previous paycheck? Or do they even want to considering his injury history?

Will Hayward take over Kirilenko's role while promising Burks splits time with Bell, or will they bring the latter off the bench after his disappointing return to the NBA last year? Can Miles find the consistency he's lacked? Will the Jazz find a role for the wildly athletic Evans?

And what about the amnesty and stretch provisions in the new CBA? Would the Jazz be willing to eat a contract to clear up a roster spot and give a youngster more playing time?

And what about Fesenko? Can the Jazz locker room survive without his levity?

O'Connor considered Harris and Jefferson to be the future leaders of the franchise at the end of last season, so is that still the case?

And who's the team's go-to guy?

While similar questions will hang in the air for a couple more weeks — and isn't it nice to be asking those instead of lockout-related ones? — Bell hopes his teammates continue to work hard prior to reuniting on Dec. 9.

From what he's heard, Bell is confident everybody will return in "pretty decent shape." But he knows there will be a steep learning curve for the team as it tries to blend new and old into a competitive club in the post-Sloan/Deron Williams era.

"We're going to have to be real professionals," Bell said, "and come to learn … because we've got a lot to get in, in a short amount of time."

Tell O'Connor about it.

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