The Utah Jazz could use one more veteran guard to complete their 2021-22 rotation.
The Utah Jazz‘s guard rotation should be the envy of much of the National Basketball Association. Between Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, the Jazzmen boast 3 guards who posted positive Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) figures during the 2020-21 season. Each man is a household name, with two All-Stars in Mitchell and Conley, and the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in Clarkson.
After Mitchell, Conley and Clarkson, Utah’s guard rotation gets a little murky, if not entirely bleak.
It’s hard to identify a clear fourth guard on this roster. Trent Forrest is a candidate; by any measure, this man balled out for the Utah Jazz White in the Salt Lake City Summer League. Still, calling his three-point shot a work-in-progress would be generous, and the10.1 minutes per game he played during his rookie campaign are unlikely to increase with the Utah Jazz squared firmly in title contention.
Matt Thomas is another option, however, the 7.1 minutes of action he saw on a nightly basis last season also reflect a limited player. His -6.0 Box Plus/Minus (BPM) does not inspire optimism either.
With relatively few options on the incumbent roster, the Utah Jazz may opt for an outside hire to complete their guard rotation. Here are 3 remaining options in free agency should they decide to do so.