Posted by: brandonbrinton on March 16th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Already looking towards next season. Between this upcoming off-season, with possibly two lottery picks, and next year, with all the expiring contracts on our team, we could see more changes than we could possibly imagine. Here is a look at some facts.
Players whose contracts are expiring This season -3 players
Jeremy Evans: $788K
CJ Miles: 3.7 mil
Josh Howard: 2.1 mil.
I don’t expect the Jazz to resign any of these guys. I’m guessing Jeremy Evans gets bigger money than we are willing to pay from another team somewhere. And we all know why CJ won’t be resigned. I expect Josh to go somewhere else. He has had an Ok year averaging almost 9 ppg. But I bet some team comes along and offers him more than he is worth and the Jazz let him walk.
This offseason could end up with 2 or ZERO draft picks. +1 or +2 players
Golden State’s draft pick is #7 protected. Now, with the trade that just happened I’m thinking we might lose this pick. They traded away their best scorer and got a guy who will probably be out for the rest of the year. That seems like a bad sign. But still are there 7 teams worse than these guys? Right now Golden State has the 6th worst record in the NBA. We really need to hope these guys start winning more our we are going to lose this pick. Our pick is ours if we don’t make the playoffs, sadly I don’t see us making the playoffs at this point so I’m betting we get one pick around the 10-14 mark.
Next season: This is where things get interesting - 6 players (maybe less)
The Jazz are sitting on 10, yes TEN, (4 have a team option after the season) Huge expiring contracts next season, all could be used as great trade bait if we wanted to make a trade, next season would be the one to do it in. Here we go:
Al Jefferson: 15 mil.
Paul Millsap 7.2 mil.
I fully expect one of these guys to stay in a Jazz uniform. Which I don’t know. Both are great players and both are great trade assets. I doubt after the season the Jazz just let these two guys walk away with nothing in return. We are smarter than that, so expect them to be traded if they don’t sign an extension during the season next year.
Devin Harris: 8.5 mil
This guy is a huge question mark. I believe we will know what we want to do with him come draft time. I’d really like to see the Jazz pick up a PG. (Kendal Marshal) But this draft is light on Guards so who knows. No matter what happens I don’t see the Jazz resigning him.
Earl Watson: 2 mil
After next year this guy will be turning 34. I’m not sure if we will resign him at that point. But I really do love the guy and I’d like to see him on our bench, he may be the best locker room presence on our team.
Jamall Tinsley: 1.2 mil
He has looked GREAT every time he is on the court. But sadly he is 34 years old. When his contract expires after next year he will be 36. I don’t expect the Jazz to keep him.
Derrick Favors: 4.7 mil
Enes Kanter: 4.3 mil
The Jazz have the team option, and I absolutely expect them to pick it up for both of them.
Raja Bell: 3.5 mil
His name was brought up numerous times at the deadline and It wont surprise me if it happens again next year too. His expiring contract will make him an even more valuable trading asset. I seriously doubt we resign him.
Gordon Hayward: 2.7 mil
Alec Burks 2.2 mil
Same as Favors and Kanter, we have the option, and I fully expect the Jazz to pick them up.
Ignoring the 4 young guys with the Jazz picking up their contracts. The Jazz have their work cut out for them. 7 players expiring contracts. 2 of which will get offered Big Big money from other places (AL and Sap), 0thers are role players (Watson and Harris), others wont be terribly missed (Raja and Tinsley). Lots of changes within the next few years. If you thought our roster was pretty stable right now wait until next season. I fully expect the Jazz to make some trades next year if guys like AL and Sap don’t extend. I also wonder what kind of value players with expiring contracts hold (Harris and Bell) in the trade market. It will be interesting to see. But, prepare yourselves Jazz fans. You though we saw huge changes last season? With the cap space, draft picks, expiring contracts, and young talent we have, The moves made during and after next season will define the course of the Jazz for the next decade.
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