Off-Season Preview: Utah Jazz

Now we finally get to the current darlings of basketball internet nerd (which I will be using the acronym BIN for moving forward) the Utah Jazz. The Jazz finally had the breakthrough season that we the BIN community have been prophecizing for a few years now by winning 51 games as well as the Northwest Division and winning a seven game first round thriller against the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately for the upstart Jazz it will most like come at a steep cost. Most of Utah’s moves this summer will understandably be  retaining their guys but that alone may constrict any moves they can make on improving upon an already good situation.


Needs: With three starters set to hit free agency take care of your main man (Gordon Hayward) first and try to retain the others (George Hill and Joe Ingles) to maintain the strong culture they have created.

Wants: Plug any holes created by free agency and try to go after an athletic wing to help energize offense.


Money Situation

Guaranteed                                  2017-18                               Insider info
Rudy Gobert                             $22,224,719           Factors $1 million in likely bonuses
Derrick Favors                         $12,000,000                        Extension eligible
Alec Burks                                $10,845,506
Joe Johnson                              $10,505,000
Dante Exum                               $4,992,385                   Rookie extension eligible
Trey Lyles                                   $2,441,400
Rodney Hood                            $2,386,864                   Rookie extension eligible
Joel Bolomboy                           $1,312,611

Non/partial                                  2017-18                          Guarantee date
Boris Diaw                                  $7,500,000                              July 15
Raul Neto                                    $1,471,382

FA cap hold                                  2017-18                              FA status
Gordon Hayward                       $24,109,710              Bird/projected to opt-out
George Hill                                  $12,000,000                              Bird
Shelvin Mack                              $4,623,335                               Bird
Joe Ingles                                     $4,085,000                      Restricted/Bird
Jeff Withey                                  $1,471,382                           Early Bird

First-round cap hold                 2017-18
No. 24                                         $1,579,440
No. 30                                         $1,394,520



The Jazz have the good fortune of possessing the 24th and 30th pick in the first round of the draft. One of the few things this very well crafted roster is missing is a very athletic wing on the 2nd unit. Super specific I know, but at the 24th pick Semi Ojeyele the freakishly athletic small forward out of SMU should fall to them here. At 6’7″ and 240lbs. armed with a 40-inch vertical he’s a guy that can score on all three levels and could do well at helping a far too often stagnant Utah 2nd unit offense. With the final pick in the first round I think shooting guard Josh Hart of Villanova can be a great addition for them. Four year guy with a high basketball IQ that can score and defend.

Despite having a relatively young core the Jazz find themselves well over the cap ($24 million) with a franchise player to sign as well as two other starters.  As it stands Utah is projected to have the $8.4 million MLE and $3.2 million bi-annual at their disposal but how they proceed with the signings of George Hill, the guarantee of Boris Diaw and if they have to find a suitor for Alec Burks will determine whether or not they can steer clear of the tax and not get downgraded to the $5.2 million tax MLE.


Names to watch: K.J. McDaniels – SG/SF – Team Option, Jerami Grant – SF – Team Option, Omri Casspi – SF – Unrestricted, Justin Holiday – SG/SF – Unrestricted, Shabazz Muhammed – SF – Restricted, Tiago Splitter – C – Unrestricted



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