The Utah Jazz finished with the best record in the NBA in the 2020-211 season but fell short in the knockout stages. Heading into a summer that could see drastic changes in the Western Conference, Utah may be poised for a roster change of its own.
Utah has largely deployed similar rosters in recent years, including Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles. But post-season exits frequently lead to changes, starting with the team farewell to general manager Dennis Lindsey.
With Justin Zanik now running the show in Utah, a new vocalist may be looking to change up a lineup that often can’t be completed during tough times. While both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are expected to stay on, two other key contributors could be on the commercial block.
According to Action Network’s Matt Moore, Utah is open to moving both Bogdanovic and Ingles this summer if a potentially lucrative deal makes a bigger impact in the knockout stages.
- Utah Jazz Records (season 2020 -21): House record 52-20, 31-5, road record 21-15
A key factor here is Conley’s future. The 33-year-old man is one of the NBA top free agent this summer and there will be a strong market for point guard services. But Utah wants to re-sign him and getting that done could result in the squad being largely kept the same for the 2021-22 season.
If Bogdanovic and Ingles are available, there is bound to be interest. Bogdanovic, 32, averaged 17 ppg this past season and his 3-point shot will make him a coveted target for several contenders. While Ingles has only averaged 12.1 ppg this year, he has shot 35.1% from outside the arc.
There’s still plenty of time for the Jazz to decide which direction they want to go this season. Running it back is an option, but patience is wearing out in Utah and the convention isn’t going to wane any time soon.