Three Players Utah Jazz Can Target in the Free Agency to Boost Their Title Chances

Published 09/02/2020, 12:20 PM EDT


The Utah Jazz ended their 2019/20 NBA campaign on a disappointing note. Losing in Game 7 is always hard. After all that Donovan Mitchell had done for the team, they ended up on the losing side. However, there’s always next year, but we feel the Jazz should revamp their roster to boost their contending chances. 

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Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are the superstars of the Jazz team. These two might’ve had a fallout early in the year, but all that is water under the bridge. They’ve reconciled and buried their past for the sake of the team. 

The Jazz faced a heart-wrenching playoff loss against the Nuggets, in Game 7. They had a 3-1 lead in the series, but blew it to become just the 12th team in NBA history to lose a series after being up by this margin. 

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Utah Jazz didn’t have Bojan Bogdanovic for the restart. He climbed up the ranks to cement himself as the team’s second-best scorer behind Mitchell. But besides, these guys, Utah needs another talent to compliment the team. And we have jotted down three picks who just might fit in well if they come to Salt Lake City. 

Three targets Utah Jazz can set their sights on in the 2020 free agency

As the 2020 free agency is fast approaching, the Jazz must look to sign a youngster to boost their roster. They finished sixth in the West with the roster that they currently possess. But, we wonder how good they’ll be if they sign either one of the players listed below:

Derrick Jones Jr. 

Derrick Jones Jr. is one of the most athletic players in the league. His explosiveness in the paint makes him unstoppable. The high-flying forward can certainly make his presence felt wherever he goes. Jones’ contract with the Miami Heat ends this season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

He can be a great replacement for Joe Ingels coming off the bench. Though Derrick Jones Jr. averages less than 20.0 minutes a game in his career, he can still be a valuable asset to have. His current contract deal is something that Jazz can undoubtedly offer. Moreover, it would be awesome to see two of the best dunkers in the NBA play for the same team!

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdanovic entered the NBA in 2017, but he had already accomplished a lot in his Euroleague career. He left Europe to come play in the NBA, after he won the EuroLeague title. Besides that, his Serbian league achievements are humongous. 

The 28-year-old has seen a steady rise with the Sacramento Kings, but we feel he should make the move. How cool would it be if he joins his namesake in the Jazz? On a serious note, the Serbian is a dangerous player if he gets going. 

His layups are a thing of beauty and the 6’6” swingman looks so smooth when he’s in his rhythm. The Jazz can certainly avail his services for the upcoming season, to boost their arsenal. 

Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson’s name is probably the most unexpected one out of the three, eh? Well, there’s a reason for it. Utah will largely benefit if they somehow manage to sign Brunson, a 6’1” point guard. He can be a good backup for Mike Conley Jr. in the backcourt. 

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There’s plenty of reasons why Brunson is a good pick for Utah. Besides the fact that he is a two-time NCAA champion, there’s immense talent in the 24-year-old. He was the 2018 College Player of the Year and the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, that’s given to the top college point guard. 

Brunson has a lot of achievements under his belt at a young age. He is currently with the Mavs, but the Jazz can truly see a case why they should target him. If they were to invest in the future for someone to take over the role after Mike Conley, we feel Jalen Brunson is the guy. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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