2012 NBA Free Agency: Who Could Make the Utah Jazz Western Conference Contenders

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2012 NBA Free Agency: Who Could Make the Utah Jazz Western Conference Contenders
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If there's one thing that the Oklahoma City Thunder's Western Conference championship has given Jazz fans, it's confidence. Confidence that not all teams must be built with money and upon the lure of decent nightlife. A team can be built from ground up as long as the front office is patient and makes all decisions carefully. A championship team need not have a diva superstar calling the shots. You reading this Orlando

For the Utah Jazz, the 2011-2012 NBA season was a surprise and a dash of hope. Barely making the playoffs, Jazz fans were treated to a glimpse of what the future may look like for the franchise in Salt Lake City. With an ever-emerging Derrick Favors, a veteran Al Jefferson who's ready to win, and a defensive stud in Gordon Hayward, the Utah Jazz are perhaps only one piece away from true Western Conference supremacy. And they don't need to wait that much longer. That one piece could be lying among the crop of existing free agents this offseason. All the Jazz need to do is pick the right pieces.  

Already stealing a couple of quality role players away from the Los Angeles Clippers (Mo Williams) and Atlanta Hawks (Marvin Williams reportedly), the team is gradually and steadily moving its way up to the forefront. Here are a number of different options that the Utah Jazz could focus on that will transform them into one of the elite teams in the Western Conference and perhaps the entire league. 

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