The Utah Jazz ended their season Wednesday, and many questions remain as to what will happen moving forward.

The mood in the locker room as the team cleaned house Thursday was somewhat somber. Jazz players said they regretted not making this year's NBA playoffs and the potential dissolution of this team. The relationships that have grown between Jazz players this year were strong, and now the 15 players on Utah's roster are not likely to all be on the same roster at the same time ever again in their NBA careers.

This year's team featured eight unrestricted free agents. These free agents will have to negotiate a contract with one of the 30 NBA teams out there in order to play next season, and obviously, some players will be more expensive than others.

Additionally, one player holds an option to return to the Jazz if he chooses, and three players are under a team option to return next year if the Jazz want them back. For two Jazz men, the 2013-14 year will be a contract year, and one player has been signed through 2014-15.

Who are the free agents as well as those with an option, and how likely are they to return to Salt Lake City? The Deseret News sports staff breaks it down.

Alec Burks

Years in the NBA: 2

Contract status: $2.3 million (team option in 2013-14)

Burks is one of four core players the Jazz are expected to build around for the coming seasons. A versatile combo guard, Burks' strong suit is creating plays by driving to the basket or taking quick catch-and-shoot threes from the perimeter. He is at his best when he is paired in the backcourt with a pure point guard that can set him up on a number of different plays.

Burks is a very young player, one of four the Jazz focused on developing this year. Unless an opportunity to get a stronger piece comes along, it's not likely Burks is going anywhere anytime soon.

On summer plans: "Go back home, enjoy my loved ones and then get back."

Quotable: "I got to play multiple positions. I got better throughout the year. I feel like my in between game should get a lot better."

DeMarre Carroll

Years in the NBA: 4

Contract status: Free Agent

Carroll is a pure energy guy — a player the Jazz counted on to rebound and play extremely strong defense. His nickname is "The Junkyard Dog," and rightly so. Carroll's hallmark was that he rarely would give up on a play, even when a positive result was unlikely. That hard-nosed effort paid off multiple times for him throughout the year and earned coach Tyrone Corbin's respect.

Carroll, a free agent, is not likely to return next year. Still looking for an opportunity to make a major name for himself, Carroll will not command a high payroll next year. During the 2012-13 season, Carroll made $885,120, and though he increased his value with his energy play, he'll be a role player no matter where he goes next year.

On summer plans: "Actually to get better. My whole mindset is I'm going to try to get film on guys like Bruce Bowen and come back even better and be a corner knockdown 3-point shooter. I'm just going to be overall better. I'm more hungry (now) and I think my game has improved and I can only get better."

Quotable: "For me, it was a great season. I've been blessed. This is my best season I've had since I've been in the NBA and I think I showed, proven myself, that I'm a great rotational player."

Jeremy Evans

Years in the NBA: 3

Contract status: $1.66 million (signed through 2014-15)

The 2012 Slam Dunk champ and 2013 runner-up didn't see a whole lot of time on the floor this year, something that frustrated Jazz fans who know how well he can throw it down.

Evans is under contract for two more years, and with the likely departure of at least one big man ahead of him in the rotation, it's reasonable to say he could get more minutes in an increased role next season.

On summer plans: "Just to rest a little bit and then hit summer hard working out and trying to get stronger working on my game. I'll probably head out to Vegas and maybe the Impact (Basketball Academy)."

Quotable: "I just think I made a lot of improvements for myself — as far as getting out on the court and shooting the ball and always providing energy and just continue working on my game."

Derrick Favors

Years in the NBA: 3

Contract status: $6 million (final year)

Favors, the centerpiece of the trade that sent Deron Williams to New Jersey in 2011, is entering a contract year. A main focus of a "youth movement," Favors served primarily in a backup role this season.

Moving forward, Favors will be expected to headline and lead the team's post in tandem with Enes Kanter. It's also likely that Favors will work extra hard in 2013 to be productive because it's the final year of his contract. It's his time to prove his worth as a leading NBA big man to both the Jazz and the rest of the league.

On summer plans: Take two weeks off, train his puppy

Quotable: "I think I improved a lot on the offensive end as far as being patient on the post. I can still improve my overall game."

Randy Foye

Years in the NBA: 6

Contract status: Free agent

The Jazz's all-time leader in 3-point shots made in a single season was instrumental this year. He kept defenses honest; when opponents would double team Al Jefferson on the block, Foye would hover on the perimeter and put up the open shot if the ball came back to him.

Foye is an unrestricted free agent and made $2.5 million this season from the Jazz, and at this time it's unclear whether or not he will command a similar salary in the NBA next season.

On summer plans: Take some time off and then get back to work.

Quotable: "Work ethic (led to a franchise-best 507 made 3-pointers). We worked hard when no one was around. Practice time, late night at the gym, I worked hard to shoot over 40 percent (from 3-point range)."

Gordon Hayward

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.

On summer plans: Return to Indianapolis to take 1-2 weeks off before getting after it again

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."

Al Jefferson

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."

Enes Kanter

Years in the NBA: 2

Contract status: $4.75 million (team option in 2013-14)

The final part of the "Core Four" the Jazz see as the future of the franchise, "Big Turkey" is a big, ferocious rebounding machine. An extraordinarily strong talent, the No. 3 pick of the 2011 draft will return next year for $4.75 million.

The big question is whether or not Kanter will be able to enhance both his defensive prowess to the level of Derrick Favors and his offensive prowess to the level of Al Jefferson. If so, watch out. Kanter will be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA, and should that happen, there's no way Utah will let him go if the team can help it.

On summer plans: Rehabilitate shoulder in Utah; Turkey

Quotable: Kanter remains in Chicago after his shoulder surgery. Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey on the 20-year-old: "He's of good spirits. We're going to have a lot of time with Enes."

Jerel McNeal

Years in the NBA: 1

Contract status: Free agent

This combo guard holds the spot Raja Bell used to hold. A two-time D-League All-Star that never saw NBA time this season, the Jazz signed McNeal for the final three weeks to evaluate him for the future.

Only the Jazz know if McNeal will make a return to the NBA next season. The only opportunity McNeal has had to make a case to stay has been in practice. If he goes, there are several other options in the draft and in the D-League the Jazz may choose to pursue.

On summer plans: "Just to get right back to it. For me, ending out the season like this, I'm really excited about the offseason. I'm just really locked in and ready to work. I'm ready to just hit the ground running, hit the gym and get right back to it. It's going to be a real big summer for me."

Quotable: "For me it's been a crazy year period. I was able to start off in the Developmental League and then getting a great opportunity to come to a great organization toward the end of the year. Everybody really embraced me and took me in. I really enjoyed my time here. I couldn't have pictured any better way for me to finish out the rest of the year."

Paul Millsap

Years in the NBA: 7

Contract status: Free agent

Millsap has played every one of his seven NBA seasons in Salt Lake City. Utah's power forward is facing unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career.

The Jazz likely will have to make a choice between Millsap and Jefferson this summer. It is possible the Jazz could seek a big man in the free-agency market or the draft and allow both to leave, but retaining one of their two big free agents could happen.

This is the second time Millsap has faced a real possibility of leaving Utah, though his departure this time around is much more likely.

On summer plans: He will stay in Salt Lake with his family and "get some fun in" and also go to California to work out with some of his teammates.

Quotable: "It was a very challenging year, dealing with the free agency and the rotation. It was tough for everybody, from players to coaches to management. I felt we all put it behind us and didn't worry about it and just played basketball."

Kevin Murphy

Years in the NBA: 1

Contract status: $789,000 (team option in 2013-14)

Utah's lone 2012 draft selection rarely saw the court this year. Murphy played in 17 games this season for Utah, and never saw meaningful minutes.

Murphy is in the second year of his rookie contract and will return if the Jazz pick up their team option.

On summer plans: "I'm going back to the grind (in) Atlanta, just work out with my guys."

Quotable: "I feel like I had a great year, just being able to accomplish a full year in the NBA. Most guys can't say they did that. It was better for me being with the Jazz."

Jamaal Tinsley

Years in the NBA: 10

Contract status: Free agent

Tinsley, the perennial NBA journeyman from Brooklyn, is yet another unrestricted free agent. During his time in Utah, Tinsley wowed fans occasionally with his ability to pass the ball to his teammates and facilitate an offense that needed help during Mo Williams' 32-game absence.

It's possible Tinsley could return, but if he does, he might not see as significant of a role as he did in 2012. Tinsley could assume a third-string point guard position behind whoever the Jazz arrange at point guard.

On summer plans: Spending time with 9-year-old son at Miami home ("It's his world in the summer time").

Quotable: "I will always have a place in my heart for the Jazz. They brought me back from the D-League, they trusted in me and have nothing bad to say about them. It's been a great experience."

Earl Watson

Years in the NBA: 12

Contract status: Free agent

Watson's early-season injury hampered the 12-year veteran this season, and it showed. Watson earned $2 million this year, but after being relegated to the bench behind Jamaal Tinsley for a significant portion of the year, it's not likely that kind of money will come his way again.

The Jazz could bring back either Tinsley or Watson if they choose, but it's more likely they'll be looking for a long-term solution at point guard that will mesh with Kanter, Hayward, Burks and Favors for the next several years. Watson's return to Utah is unlikely at best.

On summer plans: Continuing to rehab from his injury, getting healthy and taking his daughter to Disneyland.

Quotable: "A year or two from now this team will not be together, obviously, and you're going to see players go to other teams and have amazing runs in the postseason and you're going to sit back and think how good this team could have been. We could never really capture our full potential."

Marvin Williams

Years in the NBA: 8

Contract status: $7.5 million (player option)

The only Jazz player holding an option to return to Utah, Williams' future in Utah is all but a certainty. Williams showed flashes of brilliance throughout the year, but failed to remain consistent and was relegated to the bench by the end of the season in favor of Gordon Hayward.

Given Williams' production this season, he would be foolish to not exectute his player option. Should he choose to come back, next year will be a contract year for him. If he wants to continue to demand $7.5 milliion per year, the former No. 2 overall draft pick will have to produce much more.

On summer plans: Take some time off and then get back to work.

Quotable: "I was blessed to play with a great group of guys... There were times when we couldn't get a win but guys were still coming in being positive, still working hard. The coaching staff was positive, they were still working hard. We worked our way out of that rut. I think that's the thing I like most is I was able to play with a great group of guys."

Mo Williams

Years in the NBA: 10

Contract status: Free agent

Mo Williams is an unrestricted free agent, and his position commands more intrigue than all the other positions on the court combined. Indeed, the last remaining piece Utah needs to seriously contend is a premier point guard, which is a luxury the Jazz have missed ever since Deron Williams' departure.

Mo made $8.5 million in 2012-13, but didn't play for nearly half the season. He was the second-highest paid player on Utah's roster, but by his own admission, Williams was never 100 percent down the stretch for the Jazz.

If Utah wants the former NBA All-Star back on its roster, it won't likely have to pay $8.5 million, but Williams will still be a commodity under significant demand. The alternative is to find a point guard besides Williams on the free-agent market, to trade for a point guard or to draft a point guard.

Of those three options, the most likely is to find a point guard on the market should Williams not return.

On summer plans: "My kids, my wife, we're just going to relax. I'm just kind of hoping the weather breaks in the next ... is it going to break anytime soon so I can golf?"

Quotable: "You have to understand that we, as basketball players, we don't just sit by the phone in the summertime. The agent and Kevin and Dennis, they do all the talking. That's why we pay our agents, it's why we put our trust in them."