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Playoffs 2019

Offseason Outlook: What's next for the Utah Jazz?

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Utah Jazz (NBA Getty Images)

With the Utah Jazz eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets for the second-straight season, the focus shifts to the offseason, where the franchise will again look to improve in an increasingly competitive Western Conference.

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The playoffs again showed they need to add a second scorer to pair with Donovan Mitchell and with Ricky Rubio set to become a free agent, the point guard position will again be a point of focus for the offseason.

From the team's impending free agents to its ability to be active in free agency, here's what the Jazz can look forward to this summer...

Free Agents

Ricky Rubio, PG, UFA

Naz Long, SG, RFA

Thabo Sefolosha, SF, UFA

Tyler Cavanaugh, PF, RFA

Ekpe Udoh, C, UFA

UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA = Restricted Free Agent

Player/Team Options

None

Under Contract

Raul Neto, PG - under team control through 2019-20

Kyle Korver, SG - under team control through 2019-20

Jae Crowder, SF - under team control through 2019-20

Royce O'Neale, SF - under team control through 2019-20

Derrick Favors, PF/C - under team control through 2019-20

Rudy Gobert, C - under team control through 2020-21

Dante Exum, PG - under team control through 2020-21

Joe Ingles, SF - under team control through 2020-21

Georges Niang, PF - under team control through 2020-21

Donovan Mitchell, SF - under team control through 2021-22

Grayson Allen, SF - under team control through 2022-23

Draft Picks

The Jazz own their first and second round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They have the 23rd pick in the first round and the 53rd pick in the second round.

MORE: What future draft picks does each team have?

Take a look back at the Jazz's last five first round picks:

2018: Grayson Allen (No. 21)

2017: Tyler Lydon (No. 24)

2017: Josh Hart (No. 30)

2016: Taurean Prince (No. 12)

2015: Trey Lyles (No. 12)

Salary

According to Basketball Insiders and Early Bird Rights, the Jazz have $65.6 million committed to their roster for next season, giving them close to $40 million to work with in free agency.

Some of the max-level players who will or are expected to be free agents this summer: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and Khris Middleton.

The Jazz could have less than that, however, depending on what they decide to do with Derrick Favors, Kyle Korver, Raul Neto, Georges Niang and Royce O'Neal, each of whom has either a partial guarantee or non-guarantee for next season.

Biggest offseason storylines

Do the Jazz make changes?

It wouldn't be difficult for the Jazz to run it back next season, as Ricky Rubio is the only member of their core whose contract expires at the end of this season.

The question is do they want to go down that path after losing to the Rockets in back-to-back postseasons?

Will Jazz make a splash in free agency?

The way the Jazz can create enough money to be players in free agency is by letting Ricky Rubio walk and parting ways with Derrick Favors, Kyle Korver, Raul Neto, Georges Niang and Royce O'Neal.

It's risky considering some of them played a key role in the team's success during the regular season, but the Jazz would be able to use that money to sign a star or target multiple players who better address their needs.

The Jazz would benefit from having another playmaker and more shooters, both of which would help take some of the pressure off of rising star Donovan Mitchell.

Will the Jazz try to trade for Mike Conley?

One player the Jazz showed interest in prior to the trade deadline is Mike Conley, who averaged a career-best 21.1 points per game this season.

The Memphis Grizzlies ultimately decided to hold onto Conley, who is under team control until 2020-21.

According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, Utah and Memphis could re-enage in trade talks surrounding Conley this offseason.

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