Mar 13, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Martin (23) attempts a shot against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) and Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

How the Jazz Finish Could Mean Everything for Next Season

Will the Jazz make the Playoffs?  If they make the playoffs will they get swept like last year?  If they miss the playoffs, will that affect who stays and who goes?

Lot’s of questions to be answered here in the coming weeks and months and all of them in my opinion depend on how the Jazz finish the year.  If the Jazz make the playoffs and say win 2 games against the Thunder or the Spurs and keep the other games competitive then I see the Jazz not changing a ton and reinforcing places they are weak (ie pick and roll defense).

If the Jazz sputter out and miss the playoffs and play poorly in their last 6 games then I see management letting everybody go and building around the core four.  They’d probably resign Foye, Carroll and Marvin would pick up his player option.

In no scenario do I see the Jazz resigning Millsap, Watson, Tinsley and Murphy.  If the Jazz resign Al it will be at most 10 Million a year for 3 years with a team option for a fourth.  They should and will extend Favors and Hayward this off-season.

Jazz should look for a point guard in the draft and if they happen to get one they think will be their future then I see them resigning Mo for 2-3 years just while the rookie gets experience.  If they don’t get a point they think can be their future then I believe the Jazz will look really hard to get a guy like Calderon or Collison.  Either way I don’t think Mo will be the guy in a couple years if he stays with the team.

I would love for the Jazz to not sign Al and Sap and just to run the entire team through the four young guys.  Even if they have a poor season the 2014 draft is going to be incredible the talent coming out.  Jazz are more exciting to watch with the young guys anyways and I think fans will pay to see the young guys over bringing back guys that keep us in the middle of the pack.

Maybe management already knows what they are going to do and nothing will sway their opinion but I’m guessing these last two weeks will give them more of a concrete plan heading into free agency.

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