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Give a Big Welcome to Your 2014-2015 Utah Jazz

Hello Dunkers,

Since this season has turned into quite the disappointment for many of us, I have been starting to look towards the future to see what we have to look forward to next. While whoever we get as a new coach has many of us salivating, or at least interested to finally let the shackles of the youth and see what they can do together, today I want to talk about roster options starting next season to see what options the Jazz should be looking into.

This is what our roster looks like for the next two seasons (Bolded selections are non-guaranteed contracts):

2014/2015

2015/2016

Derrick Favors

12,833,333

11,933,333

Enes Kanter

5,694,674

Trey Burke

2,548,560

2,658,240

Alec Burks

3,034,356

Jeremy Evans

1,794,871

John Lucas III

1,600,000

Rudy Gobert

1,127,400

1,175,880

Diante Garrett

915,243

981,348

Ian Clark

816,482

Total

30,364,919

16,748,801

Proj. Cap Space

29,635,081

43,251,199

We have a lot of cap space opening up for us these offseasons (I projected the salary cap at $60 Million). Many options indeed for Dennis Lindsey. We can choose to match any Hayward contract as well as offer Burks and Kanter extensions this offseason. We also decide if we want to bring Marvin back or choose another free agent this offseason. Finally, we also get to choose if we are going to use our pick and Golden State's first picks in his hyped 2014 draft.

I am going to play around with a couple options here, let me know which one is your favorite, or if you have your own proposed future lineup.

Option 1: Keep the Core

2014/2015

2015/2016

Gordon Hayward

14,100,000

14,100,000

Derrick Favors

12,833,333

11,933,333

Enes Kanter

5,694,674

10,000,000

Marvin Williams

5,000,000

5,000,000

Trey Burke

2,548,560

2,658,240

Alec Burks

3,034,356

10,000,000

Dante Exum

3,100,000

3,300,000

Jeremy Evans

1,794,871

John Lucas III

1,600,000

GS Pick Rookie

1,200,000

1,250,000

Rudy Gobert

1,127,400

1,175,880

Diante Garrett

915,243

981,348

Ian Clark

816,482

Total

39,664,919

46,298,801

Proj. Cap Space

20,335,081

13,701,199

In this scenario, I had us keeping our young core, 2014 draft picks and Marvin. I had Gordon matched for the projected maximum contract next season, while Burks and Kanter were extendeed for 4-year, $10 million per year contracts starting in 2015-2016. I also had us retain Marvin at $5 Mill per year. I had us pick up the 6th pick and draft Exum and projected the Golden State pick finish at 23rd. Honestly, I don't mind this scenario one bit, as it allows us to make a play for another $10 Million per year free agent without having to worry about future cap space as well.

Rotation:

PG: Burke Garrett Lucas

SG: Exum Burks Clark

SF: Hayward Marvin

PF: Kanter Evans GS-Pick

C: Favors Gobert

Option 2: Trade Our Way to Salvation

2014/2015

2015/2016

Derrick Favors

12,833,333

11,933,333

Omer Asik

8,374,646

9,000,000

Kawhi Leonard

2,894,059

12,000,000

Trey Burke

2,548,560

2,658,240

Ronnie Brewer

2,000,000

2,000,000

Shannon Brown

2,000,000

2,000,000

Jeremy Evans

1,794,871

John Lucas III

1,600,000

Donatas Motiejunas

1,483,920

2,288,205

Rudy Gobert

1,127,400

1,175,880

Chandler Parsons

964,750

10,000,000

Diante Garrett

915,243

981,348

Ian Clark

816,482

Total

39,353,264

54,037,006

Proj. Cap Space

20,646,736

5,962,994

Okay, I know this one may seem like is a stretch, but this is what I would shoot for with our current assets.

Step 1: Match any Gordon Hayward contract offer.

Step 2: Trade Hayward+Kanter+2014 Golden State pick + 2014 Jazz 2nd round pick to Rockets for Parsons+Asik+Motiejunas.

Step 3: Trade Alec Burks + 2014 Jazz lottery pick to Spurs for Kawhi Leonard

Step 4: Sign waived players Ronnie Brewer and Shannon Brown for 2 million per year.

Why Rockets say yes: get to unload Asik and Motiejunas contracts while getting more assets in 2 picks plus cheap Kanter contract while acquiring Hayward.

Why Spurs say yes: Add a lottery pick plus Burks to fill in void left behind by Duncan and Ginobili reaching the end of their servicable years.

Rotation:

PG: Burke Brown Garrett

SG: Parsons Brewer Clark

SF: Leonard Evans

PF: Favors Motiejunas

C: Asik Gobert

Option 3: Free Agency or Bust

2014/2015

2015/2016

Gordon Hayward

14,100,000

14,100,000

Derrick Favors

12,833,333

11,933,333

Lance Stephenson

11,000,000

11,000,000

Marcin Gortat

10,000,000

10,000,000

Kyle Lowry

10,000,000

10,000,000

Enes Kanter

5,694,674

10,000,000

Trey Burke

2,548,560

2,658,240

Alec Burks

3,034,356

10,000,000

Dante Exum

3,100,000

3,300,000

Jeremy Evans

1,794,871

GS Pick Rookie

1,200,000

1,250,000

Rudy Gobert

1,127,400

1,175,880

Diante Garrett

915,243

981,348

Ian Clark

816,482

Total

78,164,919

86,398,801

Proj. Cap Space

-18,164,919

-26,398,801

Here I tried to go for all the free agents that we have a conceivable chance of getting and hopefully at prices that could net them here. I still had us matching Hayward to a max contract, as well as the same extensions for Burks and Kanter, and draft picks as in option A.

The names we go for in this option is Lance Stephenson for $11 Million per year, Marcin Gortat for $10 Million per year, and Kyle Lowry for $10 Million per year.

Rotation:

PG: Lowry Burke

SG: Stephenson Exum

SF: Hayward Burks

PF: Favors Kanter

C: Gortat Gobert

This puts us over the luxury tax a little but while fielding a heck of a deep team. If luxury tax is to be avoided at all costs, just subtract Hayward or Stephenson from the roster and we should still be very good. I know the chances of us throwing money out for this many free agents is highly unlikely, but this is starting to become my favorite option. I mean look at those 1st and 2nd units. a 2nd unit of Burke, Exum, Burks, Kanter, and Gobert is unreal! Insane depth......... I'm now drooling

Anyways these are the best options that are somewhat feasible that I could think of. Put your pipedreams or doable scenarios that you want to happen.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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