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Free Agents the Utah Jazz Should Re-sign

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COMMENTARY | Two-thirds of the Utah Jazz have expiring contracts -- including four starters.

Who should team officials keep?

DeMarre Carroll

Look at this photo and tell me you don't want this guy on your team.

Carroll is one of those Brian Grant/Lou Amundson type of guys who (a) looks cool and (b) always hustles. This year, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals, as well as several boxouts, screens and dives for loose balls, in 16.8 minutes per game.

If he can start knocking down the corner 3 on a consistent basis, No. 3 could morph into one of those invaluable "New Age Shane Battiers" that Grantland's Zach Lowe wrote about earlier this year.

Randy Foye

Because the Jazz were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the association this year (they averaged just 6.2 3s per contest), re-signing Foye is a must.

In his first season with the Jazz, Foye averaged 2.2 triples per game and set a single-season franchise mark with 178 3-pointers. Also, on March 30, while going up against the Brooklyn Nets, No. 8 sank eight treys to tie another franchise record.

Interesting fact: Foye is one of those rare players who actually shoots better the farther he is from the basket. This year, according to, Foye shot 26.7 percent from 8-16 feet, 38.1 percent from 16-24 feet and 41.0 percent from 24 feet and beyond.

Jamaal Tinsley or Earl Watson

If the Jazz sign a new starting point guard, such as (fingers crossed) Jose Calderon, it might be nice to have Tinsley or Watson around to help him adjust to the Jazz's system.

Plus, when Mo Williams went down with a thumb injury this season, Tinsley and Watson stepped up.

In 28 starts between Dec. 23 and Feb. 23, Tinsley averaged an impressive 5.0 assists in 22.4 minutes while leading the Jazz to a solid 17-11 record.

During that same span, Watson averaged 4.7 dimes as the backup.

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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