UNDER CONTRACT: C Al Jefferson, F Marvin Williams, F Paul Millsap, G Mo Williams, F Derrick Favors, F-C Enes Kanter, G Randy Foye, G-F Gordon Hayward, G Alec Burks, G Earl Watson, G DeMarre Carroll, G Jamaal Tinsley, F Jeremy Evans, G Raja Bell
DRAFT PICKS: G Kevin Murphy
FREE AGENTS: F Josh Howard
MOVES: The Jazz were active before July 1, jumping in on Dallas’ desire to dump Lamar Odom and taking Mo Williams off the hands of the Clippers while moving a trade exception to the Mavericks. Initially, the move didn’t make much sense because Utah already had three point guards under contract. But the Jazz moved the disappointing Devin Harris – an All-Star three years ago – to Atlanta for Marvin Williams, who could be in line for big minutes at small forward. A few of those minutes may be allocated to Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans, who was re-signed for $5.5 million over three years. Well into the offseason, the Jazz signed Randy Foye at the bargain price of $2.5 million, using a portion of one of their exceptions. Although Foye appears to clutter the shooting guard spot where youngsters Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks get their minutes, he does add needed shooting. Off the court, GM Kevin O’Connor will remain VP and hired Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey as his new GM. Lindsey will handle day-to-day stuff, working the phones. This upcoming season should keep him busy.
TO-DO LIST: The Jazz are over the cap but below the luxury tax. However, they chose not to exhaust their exceptions. C.J. Miles and Josh Howard were not re-signed, but Raja Bell – who feuded with coach Tyrone Corbin last season and called their relationship “irreparable” – is in camp, yet to be bought out of his deal. With the addition of Foye, Utah currently has seven players entering the final year of their contracts, including a handful – Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Mo Williams – who may be looking for extensions. Millsap already was offered a three-year, $25 million extension. Depending how the season goes, O’Connor and Lindsey could be busy in February, specifically with Jefferson possibly moving on.
PROJECTION: The Jazz’s roster appears to be pretty much set. The additions of Mo and Marvin Williams and Foye and the anticipated improvement of Hayward, Burks, Derrick Favors and a slimmed-down Enes Kanter should be enough for Utah to squeeze back into the playoffs.
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