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Remaining Free Agent Options for the Utah Jazz

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The Jazz still need to fill in some depth

Free agency was an absolute whirlwind this year. Somehow, despite tampering rules, a TON of deals were in place before it even began. It’s the weirdest thing how negotiations can progress that quickly. Amazing honestly. This was true for the Jazz as well.

According to the great Woj, the Jazz had their sights set on Nikola Mirotic and were confident they could get him. After an interesting albeit understanding decision to go back home, the Jazz moved quickly to the next phase of their plan.

Bojan Bogdanovic will help bring the Jazz offense to an level we have yet to see in Quin Snyder’s regime. Mike Conley AND Bogdanovic in one offseason? I don’t even know what to say other than LET’S GO!!! The Jazz vaulted themselves into title contention, but they weren’t done yet.

Ed Davis was a relatively surprising signing at face value. But the more I looked into it the more it makes sense. I don’t think the Jazz thought they could get him at the room exception, so I’ll bet they jumped at the opportunity when it presented itself. He’s basically Derrick Favors lite in what he’ll provide at backup center. Elite rebounding and fantastic defense. This will help keep the Jazz defense at an elite level despite making offensive upgrades. What a move.

But now what?

The Jazz are left with just minimum contracts and still need to fill out the roster. Royce O’Neale is a great role player, and if Ingles is moved to the bench then he’ll be Manu Ginobli. But who will start at power forward? Who will be the other bench contributors? Can we really count on Dante Exum being healthy?

With Kawhi Leonard still getting rebounds, I think a lot of players are waiting on his decision before they put a pen to paper. So who will be available at the veteran minimum is hard to predict, but here’s a list of potential players that could be had that the Jazz may be looking into:

Guards

  • Glen Robinson III
  • Raymond Felton
  • Shelvin Mack
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Raul Neto?
  • Jerian Grant
  • Ian Clark
  • Ryan Arcidiacono (R)
  • Trey Burke
  • Rodney McGruder (R)
  • T.J. McConnell
  • Patrick McCaw
  • Jeremy Lin
  • Nik Stauskas
  • Emmanuel Mudiay
  • Wayne Selden

Wings/Stretch Bigs

  • Thabo Sefolosha
  • Jeff Green
  • Markieff Morris
  • Wilson Chandler
  • Darius Miller
  • Jabari Parker
  • James Ennis III
  • Iman Shumpert
  • Jared Dudley
  • Glen Robinson III
  • Stanley Johnson
  • JaMychal Green
  • Marcus Morris
  • Dante Cunningham
  • Vince Carter
  • Luol Deng
  • Jonas Jerebko
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
  • Kenneth Faried

That list isn’t all inclusive. And obviously some of these guys are going to get more than the veteran minimum. But not all of them will. Someone that deserves more is going to get squeezed out once all of the money dries up.

I trust Dennis Lindsey’s track record when he goes bargain hunting. Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale are the prime examples. Georges Niang could be looking to become the next one.

Who might follow? Who on that list would you be prioritizing?