Utah Jazz Haven't Done Much This Offseason

Vince ChoiContributor IAugust 9, 2009

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For the Utah Jazz, this is one offseason that wasn't as successful as it should have been.  

They tried to make a trade for Carlos Boozer, who has one year left on his contract. So far, no team has shown interest in a trade for Boozer. 

There are 13 players who have fully guaranteed contracts, and they need to sign two players to reach the league maximum of the roster numbers (12 actives and one inactive, teams may have a maximum of three players in the inactive list so the total number can reach 15).

They may want to sign an additional point guard and true big man, as the team doesn’t have enough depth at those two positions if someone gets hurt in mid-season (Mehmet Okur and/or Deron Williams). The options they have for now is the MLE and/or bi-annual exception, which they can sign one or more players at a little less than $2 million total this season, or re-sign the free agents from the own team.

The Jazz have one of the most complete rosters in the league. At this point, they shouldn't re-sign their own free agents, as they are way over the salary cap. I fully expect the Jazz will find teams to make a trade to unload Boozer and his salary as well.

If they want to use the MLE and/or bi-annual exception, their options include Mikki Moore and/or Bruce Bowen. Both players can play defense and provide great experience in crunch time down the road.

If there is no major injury, I fully expect the Jazz will go to the playoffs, but it will be another one-and-done season for them, as the New Orleans Hornets will take care them in six games in the first round.

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