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Free agent options

Moni's downbeat posed a question: how many impact free agents could the Jazz realistically be in contention for? From what I can gather, that number is likely between 5 and 10. First, let's look at the top 50 free agents for 2015 and eliminate the free agents that the Jazz have no chance of signing (or who the Jazz wouldn't want for one reason or another - age, fit with team offense, injury history, chemistry, role, etc).

Completely unattainable/unwanted:

LeBron James, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard (but really, how awesome would he be in Utah?), Jimmy Butler (ditto for Butler), Dwyane Wade, DeAndre Jordan, Al Jefferson , Tim Duncan, Greg Monroe, Monta Ellis, Reggie Jackson, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Tyson Chandler, David West, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Arron Afflalo, Enes Kanter, Timofey Mozgov, Manu Ginobili, Tobias Harris, JR Smith, Paul Pierce

Borderline attainable for the right price/role:

LaMarcus Aldridge (HUGE "if" here - if Portland loses Matthews and/or Lopez, LMA may want to skip town - although that's highly unlikely), Goran Dragic, Paul Millsap (another HUGE "if" - good situation in Atlanta and he probably wouldn't have a starting spot in Utah), Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo (could be a perfect mentor for Exum - similar builds and skillsets), Jeff Green, Luol Deng, Tristan Thompson, Patrick Beverly, Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Bass, Marco Belinelli

Now that we have that out of the way, here are the remaining free agents that I think 1) the Jazz could realistically get to come to Utah and 2) could fit with the team for the right price in the right role.

Obtainable and desirable:

Wesley Matthews; No surprises here about who's at the top of the list. The Jazz have been historically bad at the 2 guard spot since Hornacek left. A 3 and D guy who doesn't need a ton of FGA would be the perfect fit for the shooting guard spot. If you can obtain one of the best 3 and D guys in the league, who can guard multiple positions, you do it. You worry about team chemistry and roles later, in my opinion. Burks is swaggy and awesome, but he's at his best with the ball in his hands, and that's easiest to do if he plays the James Harden OKC role for the team. Hood has shown great flashes, but I don't know if he's ready for 30+ minutes per game. Sapling has been spectacular recently, but he hasn't shown that he can sustain that level of intensity and production in the way that Matthews has. Come back to us, Wesley. We're sorry Kevin O'Connor was a douche wagon. We love you.

Draymond Green; he's a restricted free agent, so Golden State still controls whether or not he plays anywhere else next fall, but they already have $83 million on the payroll for the 2015 season. The Warriors have 5 players under contract that will be paid at least $11 million in 2015-16. They might not be able to afford to keep him. The Jazz should send an offer his way (for the right price, of course - he'd likely be a bench 3/4 for us, and that's not worth much more than $7 mil/year in my book).

Danny Green; he's had a terrible month of basketball in February, but he's been in the league long enough that I have 100% faith he'll bounce back. He'd be the perfect low-usage 3-pt specialist for our team and he's still young enough that he'll still be in his prime 2-3 years from now when the Jazz will be looking to contend for titles.

Gerald Green; the 3rd green in a row. Totally accidental, but also awesome. Another guy who I think could be plugged into our starting lineup and give us shooting, defense, and energy. He's a human highlight reel, too, which is always a good thing to have on your team.

Amir Johnson; I have loved his game for years. He does all the little things right - sets good screens, plays hard 100% of the time, and is a decent rebounder for his size. He's also become a 3-point threat recently, shooting 36% from 3 over the last 3 seasons combined. Granted, that's only on 110 attempts, but if you can get a 3rd big who can defend multiple positions and is a threat to hit 1 three a game... that's a great thing.

KJ McDaniels; I really liked him coming into draft night, and I think he has the potential to be a Danny Green clone. He's young, physically gifted, and has tons of potential. If we can get him for the right price and get him to buy into the Utah Jazz culture ... we could have crazy-good levels and depths of talent for the next decade.

Omer Asik; his turnover percentage is absurdly high (20% for his career), but again, as a 3rd big off the bench ... it would be hard to do much better than Asik. Nothing spectacular, but he's a serviceable player who could replace an injured starter relatively easily.

Brandon Wright; is there a more perfect bench big in the NBA right now? He knows his role and he plays it well. He plays hard, plays with energy, and relentlessly attacks rebounds. I really like this guy and would love to see him in Utah. Imagine a bench frontcourt of Wright next to Jeremy Evans. ALL THE REBOUNDS AND PUTBACKS AND LOBS.

Robin Lopez; he has a limited offensive game, and he doesn't rebound as well as I think he should, but as a low-usage 3rd big off the bench he could be pretty great. Nothing special here, but for the right price he could be an excellent bench big for us who could start in case of injury.

Thaddeus Young; he's a guy that could guard stretch 4 type players decently enough. I don't think he realizes his own limitations as a player, and he's dreadful from 3-point range (career 32% on 715 attempts), but in the right role under a disciplined coach who won't put up with his crap... I don't know, it just seems like he might jump at the opportunity to revitalize his career with a young team. Not my first choice, but he could be decent.

Honorable mention:

DeMarre Carroll; if I thought he'd come back to Utah, I would love to have him back

JJ Barea; depending on our point guard situation (possible draft-day trades or early summer trades) we may be in the market for a backup PG. He's the perfect backup PG in my opinion.

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