Utah Jazz: Potential Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson Trades

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Utah Jazz: Potential Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson Trades
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The Utah Jazz are in an interesting situation approaching this summer. The Jazz had a solid season last year when they surprised many and squeaked into the playoff picture by earning an eighth seed.

Unfortunately, they were forced to play the San Antonio Spurs in the middle of their legendary 20-game winning streak.

Regardless, Utah showed the NBA that this team has a lot of talent, particularly in their frontcourt. The combination of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap was able to carry the Jazz down the stretch, especially when matched up against smaller teams.

Although this combination proved to be effective, both Millsap and Jefferson will be free agents this summer, and both will command large contracts.

For a small-market team like Utah, it may not be in their best interest to retain either of these two players, especially with budding stars Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter waiting for their opportunity to shine.

If the Jazz decide to part ways with their two forwards, they will have plenty of flexibility this summer to shore up their backcourt. With others such as Randy Foye, Mo Williams, DeMarre Carroll, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson also off the books, the Jazz could free up as much as $37 million this summer.

They could use this flexibility to improve their backcourt, as Alec Burks has not yet garnered adequate minutes, and they might want some insurance at both guard spots.

In order to get some value for their two stars, Utah could consider moving one or both of them at the deadline, depending on how the Jazz are playing.

So, what teams are potential fits, and what could the Jazz get in return as they look to the future?

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