Dennis Lindsey says Jazz will strongly evaluate ‘adding a sniper at any position’
For the first time in the past three seasons, the Utah Jazz failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs. They barely put up a fight against the Houston Rockets, who won the series four games to one.
Utah’s offseason has begun earlier than they would have hoped. But that gives the team more time to get to work and upgrade for next season. According to Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune:
“Adding a sniper at any position is something we’re going to have to strongly evaluate,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said.
Larsen also noted that, if that sniper ends up being expensive, the Jazz might have to part with large pieces like Ricky Rubio and/or Derrick Favors.
Utah has been looking for an upgrade at point guard for some time now. There are many premier talents available at the position in free agency this summer, including D’Angelo Russell, Kyrie Irving, and Kemba Walker. However, those three will be incredibly expensive and could command the largest contract in Jazz history. The team may ultimately be better off holding onto Rubio.
There are many more free agent options with Utah’s price range at power forward. Names like Khris Middleton, Tobias Harris, and Nikola Mirotic could fit very well with the Jazz.
The team will definitely need to make some sort of an offensive upgrade to become true contenders in the competitive Western Conference. Their 50-32 regular season record earned only the fifth seed, a full three games worse than Houston.