COMMENTARY | 12:01 a.m. on Mon., July 1, marked the start of what should be a busy free agency period for the Utah Jazz.
By league rules, the team must have at least 13 players on its roster by the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Right now, it has six: Marvin Williams ($7.5 million), Derrick Favors ($6 million), Enes Kanter ($4.7 million), Gordon Hayward ($3.4 million), Alec Burks ($2.3 million), and Jeremy Evans ($1.6 million).
That leaves the Jazz with about $33 million to spend on three recently drafted rookies and four free agents. (The league salary cap should be about $58.5 million.)
Here are some players team officials should target:
Kyle Korver | F-G | UFA
After sinking just 6.2 3s per contest last year, the Jazz must acquire someone who can shoot from the perimeter.
Enter Ashton Ku-- I mean, Kyle Korver.
Aside from Stephen Curry, the 6-foot-7 wing is probably the best 3-point shooter in the association. Last season, he connected on 45.7 percent of his downtown attempts, raising his career mark to 41.9.
Korver was especially accurate in the corners (47.4 percent), a place where the Jazz weren't so hot (37.7 percent).
Jose Calderon | G | UFA
Which player would you sign?
Player A: 11.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 1.8 TO, 49.1% FG, 90.0% FT, 46.1% 3PT
Player B: 12.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.7 TO, 43.0% FG, 88.2% FT, 38.3% 3PT
It's close, but you picked A, right? Well, those are last year's numbers for Jose Calderon and Mo Williams, and you just picked Jose.
Don't get me wrong. Williams isn't a bad option, but how awesome would it be to see Calderon, a true point, mentor Trey Burke and Raul Neto?
O.J. Mayo | G | UFA
As Al Jefferson, the team's leading scorer for the past two seasons, will likely sign elsewhere, the Jazz will need someone who can rack up points on a consistent basis.
O.J. Mayo should fit the bill. As a Dallas Maverick last year, No. 32 averaged 15.3 points per contest on 44.9 percent shooting.
Also, Mayo knocked down big shots at the end of games. Last season, when his team was up or down by five points or fewer with less than five minutes remaining, he shot 40 for 88 from the field, including 14 for 33 from 3-point range, and made 25 of his 35 free throws, according to NBA.com.
J.J. Hickson | F-C | UFA
The 6-foot-9, 239-pound Hickson (who can play both the power forward and center positions) would be a great backup for Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
While playing for the Portland Trailblazers last year, Hickson collected a double-double -- 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds -- per outing.
Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.
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