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Jazz And Pistons Face Big Decisions This Summer

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz looks on in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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As I predicted yesterday, the Detroit Pistons are the first team to be eliminated from the post season. Today, they should have some company, as the Utah Jazz will be losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in LA. Both the Pistons and Jazz have many questions and few answers at the moment regarding their postseason plans and roster moves.

Starting with Detroit, according to the Detroit News, the Pistons should have roughly $20 million dollars available on free agents this summer. After watching the Cavaliers dominate the Pistons on both ends of the floor, it’s safe to say change is needed in Motown.

First, the obvious. Rasheed Wallace will not be back as a Piston. Wallace will get some suitors from teams, such as Orlando, Charlotte, Memphis, and perhaps Dallas. Another player that could be on his way out is Tayshaun Prince. We reported last week about rumors of the Raptors and Pistons possibly talking about a deal that could send Prince to Toronto for the rights to Chris Bosh. If that doesn’t work out, still look for Prince to be shopped around, and potentially moved to a lottery team that isn’t happy with where they wind up drafting.

The Jazz have a different dilemma. The Salt Lake Tribune reports today that three key Jazz players could opt out of their contracts as early as the day after their season ends (tonight). Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, and Kyle Korver could all test the free agent market, foregoing nearly $20 million dollars between the three.

Boozer, who made noise earlier in the year about opting out, has $12.7 million owed to him if he kept his original contract. One of Boozer’s original potential landing spots was in Miami with Dwyane Wade and company; however, it is uncertain whether the interest is mutual currently.

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As for Okur and Korver, both are expected to not opt out, however, stranger things have happened. Other members of the Jazz who could hit the free agent market include Paul Millsap, who is a restricted free agent, but will certainly get some offers from other teams.

Ronnie Price, Jarrod Collins, Brevin Knight, and Morris Almond are all unrestricted free agents, and in the case of Collins and Price, they will likely be going elsewhere. The Jazz would love to retain everyone, however that isn’t realistic, and if the Jazz decide on keeping Millsap, tonight will be Carlos Boozer’s last game playing alongside Deron Williams.

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