Utah Jazz: Five Potential Free Agent Point Guard Targets

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Ish Smith Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz NBA Free Agency
Apr 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith (1) talks with head coach Brett Brown during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Ish Smith, Philadelphia 76ers

Before this season, Ish Smith was the ultimate journeyman; at this point, he’s suited up for nearly a third of the league’s teams. Still, he continues to get jobs. And after being dealt by the New Orleans Pelicans to the tanking Philadelphia 76ers in December, Smith emerged as the team’s starting point guard.

In his 50 games with Philly this year, Smith averaged 14.7 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game. With the league’s salary cap spiking this summer, he probably earned himself a pretty penny in his second stint with the Sixers.

The downside with Smith is his shooting prowess, or lack thereof. For his career, the 27-year-old is shooting 40 percent from the field and just under 30 percent from three-point range. He’s also undersized and struggles defensively, despite an honest effort. He is a capable slasher, though, and can run the pick-and-roll.

In the brave, new world of the NBA where the salary cap should hit $90 million next season and will probably eclipse $100 million the next, somebody is going to give Smith a decent contract. Should that team be the Utah Jazz?

I think I prefer Mack for another year at a bargain price.

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