Utah Jazz: Who the Team Should and Shouldn't Re-Sign This Offseason
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The Utah Jazz and their management will have a full agenda this offseason, as seven players are set to become unrestricted free agents.
Of these seven players set to come off the books, six of them have played important roles starting in at least 10 games this season.
Assuming that Marvin Williams doesn't exercise his early termination option at season's end, it's a safe bet that the Jazz won't be able to bring back all seven players.
Utah could be on the verge of completely shaking up its roster and must decide which players are worth bringing back or letting go.
Re-Sign: DeMarre Carroll
Carroll's energy and defensive ability should be enough to warrant a contract.
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Since joining the Jazz last season, DeMarre Carroll has provided Utah with solid minutes, earning him a bigger role this season and potentially for years to come.
The 26-year-old small forward out of Missouri is having his best statistical season in the NBA, playing a career best 17.5 minutes per game and averaging 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. While these numbers don't jump off a stat sheet, what he does provide for the team is consistent energy and defense.
The Jazz should be looking to re-sign Carroll, as he has become quite the essential fit for the team's style of play. With Carroll's salary this season being worth less than $1 million dollars and not expected to see much of an increase this summer, the Jazz would be wise to once again target him.
Don't Re-Sign: Jamaal Tinsley
The Jazz would be wise not to target Tinsley this summer.
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Jamaal Tinsley may have provided the team with solid minutes in the wake of Mo Williams' absence this season, but that doesn't mean the Jazz should bring him back.
The 35-year-old point guard is in the twilight of his career, posting up just 3.9 points and 4.9 assists in 20.7 minutes per game. While his assist production and leadership have been great for the Jazz, his defense has been a liability.
According to MySynergySports.com, Tinsley has been taken advantage of in the pick and roll most often, allowing his offensive counterpart to score 43 percent of the time.
The Jazz need to be looking to get younger at the point guard position and should avoid re-signing Tinsley.
Don't Re-Sign: Earl Watson
Watson has been great for Utah, but the team must move on.
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Another backup point guard who could be on his way out at the end of the season is Earl Watson.
After re-signing with the team back in 2011, Watson has struggled, turning in his worst statistical season of his career in 2012 and now continuing that trend in 2013. He is currently averaging 1.9 points and 4.0 assists while shooting a terrible 31 percent from the field.
Although Watson has provided the Jazz with toughness and a defensive presence as a backup, it may be time to move on. With Alec Burks emerging as a capable guard this season, look for Utah to clear some space in its backcourt by letting Watson walk this offseason.
Re-Sign: Randy Foye
The Jazz should be making re-signing Foye a top priority.
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Hoping to strengthen their perimeter shooting this past summer, the Jazz agreed to a one-year deal with former Clipper Randy Foye.
In his first season with the squad, Foye has provided a consistent threat from outside, shooting a more-than-respectable 40 percent from downtown. On top of this great three-point percentage, he has also shown the ability to knock down threes in bunches, as he has hit three or more threes in 22 games this season.
Foye has proved himself as a capable scorer and lethal threat from outside in his first year in Utah. The Jazz need to make a serious attempt at bringing Foye back for next season.
Re-Sign: Mo Williams
Williams has battled injury this season, but the Jazz should still re-sign him.
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Although a great move by the Jazz, it has so far failed to live up to the hype. In his first season back with the Jazz since 2003, Williams has put up subpar numbers, averaging just 12.4 points and 6.4 assists per game.
The sole reason for this lack of production has been Williams' inability to stay healthy. Of Utah's 64 games this season, he has played in just 27 of those contests.
While it would seem to be a good idea to stay away from the 30-year-old this summer, the Jazz must re-sign him. Throughout his career, Williams has shown the ability to run a team successfully, and can still do so.
The Jazz should be the front-runners in signing Williams, and they could even bring him back for less than his current salary of $8.5 million.
Re-Sign Paul Millsap over Al Jefferson
Should Utah re-sign Millsap or Jefferson?
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With both players combining to make upwards of $23 million this season, it has become clear that the Jazz do not have the money to bring both players back and must choose between the two.
So the question is: Will it be Millsap or Jefferson who is brought back? The answer would have to be Millsap, and the reasoning behind that is quite simple.
The Jazz currently possess not only one capable center in Jefferson but another in second-year player Enes Kanter. Kanter has emerged as a potential star as of late, putting up 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the month of March. He is also just 20 years of age, making him an obvious piece to build around in the years to come.
While Kanter provides great reasoning to let Jefferson go, Millsap does himself some justice with his style of play. One of the major differences between Millsap and Jefferson is that the former has the speed and quickness to run with the team's guards. Along with this ability, Millsap arguably edges out Jefferson in terms of overall hustle and defense.
Although Jefferson's averages of 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game are better than Millsap's numbers of 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, Millsap should be the obvious choice. He will not only be cheaper to sign, but he will prove to be a better fit in Utah.