Now that the Utah Jazz are out of the playoffs, the world has stopped talking about them.
Of course, for Utah fans, this isn't anything surprising. We've gotten used to the fact that the world doesn't talk about them much when their winning either. With a small-market team comes limited exposure in the media.
Regardless, Jazz fans should just be happy that many of the young players on the roster received valuable playoff experience. Now out of the playoffs, Utah's players are all watching the postseason from home after being dismantled in four games by the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs.
With our team down, Jazz fans now can only hope what Utah might look like in November.
Utah boasts a plethora of young players who haven't hit their ceilings yet. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are the future of this team, while Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks have also shown flashes of what they can offer as legitimate role players.
But even with those players, Utah is still looking for the one piece that could transform them from a team that makes decent annual playoff appearances to a legit title contender. Utah is close to that level, as long as the youngsters live up to their potential.
This offseason could pay huge dividends for Utah, as there are many players available who could help this team achieve the next level in their development. Utah, having a team built in much the same manner as Oklahoma City and Indiana, needs an elite playmaker, a capable floor general and a deadly outside shooter.
There are plenty of quality guards available on the market this year, and since Utah has an extremely low chance of maintaining their lottery pick (no Kendall Marshall or Damian Lillard for us), Kevin O'Connor must hit the free-agent market with a fierceness he's never had before.
Goran Dragic, Andre Miller and Kirk Hinrich are all players Utah could potentially bring in to fill the gap left by Devin Harris' inconsistencies. But what the Jazz really need is a player like Steve Nash.
On the wrong end of 30, Nash continues to put up eye-popping numbers and definitely still has a few more seasons left in those old bones. This past season, he averaged a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists while shooting 53 percent.
On top of all that, he's a free agent this summer and wants to explore his options. With teams like Portland, Indiana, Phoenix, Miami and New York destined to throw everything they have at him, Utah needs to make sure they throw a decent offer in the ring as well.
The two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer would be foolish not to look closely at a vastly improving Utah team that could give him one of the best chances of title contention in the twilight of his NBA career.
With the young quality bigs on the roster, Nash would have plenty of options, and he would only make them better than they already are. He did something with pretty much nothing in Phoenix this year, transforming borderline role players Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick and others into quality starters.
Think about it. If Nash can do that with not-so-good players, imagine what he could do with Utah's roster.
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap would do wonders with Steve Nash in the pick and roll, and Nash would still have the green light to shoot when he needed to. He'd also bring the play-making abilities and amazing three-point shooting Utah desperately needs.
It's a quality organization with the money to offer and a great place to end his career. A respectable fan-base comes with the deal, and they'd definitely worship Nash the second he came to town.
It might be a long shot, but Utah should be at the top of his list. But in the end, Miami will most likely end up being the choice.
But does Nash really want to play second fiddle in the never-ending drama that surrounds LeBron James and D-Wade?
Or would he rather be the man at the end of his career in a city that loves their basketball team, away from the glaring and ridiculous media that surrounds organizations like Miami and New York?
It may just be wishful thinking for Jazz fans, but make the right choice, Steve. Come to Salt Lake.
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