Apr 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and Paul Millsap (24) during the second half of game one in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

Why the Utah Jazz Will Not Resign Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap

Al Jefferson put the entire Jazz team on his back the last three weeks of the season and played hard on both ends of the floor.  A rarity for Al to play defense, but he tried which was refreshing to see.  The Jazz go into the off-season with a bunch of money to play with and the ability to pay both Al and Sap if they wanted to.  The question since the Jazz drafted Kanter was when will Al or Sap be traded to make time for Favors.  Now that both Al and Sap are free agents this Summer it will be interesting to see if the Jazz even approach them.

The Jazz will probably low ball Al at probably a 3 year $24 million dollar deal.  Al’s agent won’t go for that and the Jazz won’t tie themselves down with the one dimensional offense for more than that.  Al will sign with a team that will pay him in the $12-13 million range, but also has playoff hopes as he is really desperate for that at this time in his career.  Expect to see him sign with the Spurs or a team like that.

I don’t see the Jazz even offering Millsap a contract because they don’t want Corbin to not play Favors what he should.  Millsap thinks he’s a starter which is a problem because he should start for maybe one or two teams but is the third big on all others.  If Sap realized this then he would fit great on the Jazz playing 20 a game but the drama is just too much to bring him back. Millsap will end up signing with the Nets if Brooklyn can trade some of their salary away (Humphries)

That leaves the Jazz going completely young this year with Kanter and Favors starting unless management signs Pekovic or another starter in the league that starts over Kanter.  After listening to Dennis Lindsey on KUTV a couple days ago I believe the Jazz are preparing themselves for the 2014 draft and giving the team to the core four this next year.


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