6. If Hill Goes…
If the Jazz were to lose George Hill this offseason, the first priority would be to sign a good veteran point guard on a relatively small contract. Former Utah Jazz star Deron Williams comes to mind. He will be a free agent this summer and could likely come back to the Jazz for his final years.
Another player I’m sure the Jazz will have their eyes on is Patty Mills. He is tailor made for the offense in Utah and could come at a nice price. Patty Mills took a very small contract in hopes he could win a title with the Spurs. Let’s hope he would take the same discount to play with the Jazz.
So after getting a quality guard to mentor and play alongside Dante Exum to add some stability to the position, they then would need to open up some cap space. This will include trading Burks and releasing Diaw.
So if the the Jazz were to re-sign Hayward and Ingles, but release Diaw and Hill, as well as trade A.B, they will be paying their 11 players a total of $95,770,363 (using the earlier estimations for Ingles and Hayward). Which gives them the ability to sign another max-contract player by using the luxury tax and sign a cheap veteran point guard.
The Jazz could target players such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry or Paul Millsap. The two that make the most sense from a salary standpoint are Griffin and Millsap because you can manufacture a way to trade Derrick Favors in order to keep Diaw as the backup power forward.
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You’re probably a little confused right now with all of the names and numbers I just threw at you. But in a nutshell, the Jazz have a ton of tough decisions to make this offseason and it could go many different ways.
There is absolutely no telling how the Jazz’s roster could be looking when the season kicks back up again. But fans can rest easy knowing that the masterminds in the front office will make the right decisions to give the Jazz the best chances to win a championship going forward.