Bored? Come Mull Over Utah’s Financial Plans

May 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) walks off the court after game four of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 87-81 to sweep Utah and win the series. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

For those not in the know, the Jazz happen to be in one of the most unique positions out of any team in the NBA heading into the 2012-2013 season. For starters, they carry a new collection of outside shooters that may very well put a stop to the old “no shooting 3-pointers” Jazz campaign that has lingered around like an annoying fly for many a season. These outside players, namely Mo Williams, Marvin Williams and Randy Foye, represent a more modernized approach provided Coach Ty Corbin steers clear of Jerry Sloan’s ancient philosophical basketball ways and actually develops a, you know, outside game.

And yet, even with these additions to the cast, Utah has wisely kept their money in check. Should the Williams boys and Foye fail this season, neither are on the payroll long enough to leave much of a lasting legacy, good or bad.

I see this upcoming season as a wild experiment that could go either way. Meaning, if the Jazz suck then the Jazz brass can cut ties with 75% of the roster and begin anew with Big Turkey, Gordy, Favors, and Burks at the helm (which many have argued they shoulda been doing anyway). If this roster proves successful, then re-signing the new acquisitions should be a breeze. Either way, Jazz fans shouldn’t worry since no long term commitment is imminent. None of these deals comes close to those struck back in da day with Carlos Boozer, AK-47 and D-Will – who, with their under-performing ways, kept Utah in a perpetual state of financial handicap-edness (okay, we made the playoffs, but did we ever improve?) – This year may very well end up feeling like one long pre-season tryout … anyone who wants to stay and play is welcome. All others leave immediately.

The important thing to note when you glance at Utah’s financial plans are the absence of future security for either Milsap or Big Al. Granted, Milsap did turn down a hefty 3-year, $25 million offer at the beginning of the month, but, considering Big Al was more or less our one and only go-to man last season, I’m surprised to see no long term commitment offer. I have my issues with Big Al, but even I’ll admit his consistent scoring provides the Jazz with more positive notes than negative ones. (I still think they move him before trade deadline unless he’s posting triple doubles every night …)

I’m excited/curious/nervous/elated/worried/ecstatic to see what happens this season.

Here is Utah’s salary schedule, courtesy of Hoopshype.com:

Player
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
$15,000,000
$0
$0
$0
$8,500,000
$0
$0
$0
Marvin Williams
$8,287,500
$7,500,000
$0
$0
$7,200,000
$0
$0
$0
$4,753,320
$6,008,106
$7,882,663
$0
$4,443,360
$4,753,320
$6,008,106
$7,882,663
$3,480,000
$0
$0
$0
$2,709,720
$3,452,183
$4,677,708
$0
$2,500,000
$0
$0
$0
$2,171,640
$2,323,200
$3,201,369
$4,405,083
$2,000,000
$0
$0
$0
Jeremy Evans
$1,795,000
$1,660,000
$1,795,000
$0
$1,352,181
$0
$0
$0
$885,120
$0
$0
$0
TOTALS:
$65,077,841
$9,160,000
$0
$0

Topics: Big Al, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Financial, Foye, Gordy, Jefferson, Mo Williams, Ty Corbin, Utah Jazz

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