NBA Free Agency Rumors: Utah Jazz Letting Al Jefferson Walk

Apr 5, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is defended by New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the team will not make an effort to re-sign him:

While letting a guy who averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds walk for nothing does hurt a little bit, this comes as no surprise and is definitely a good decision. Jefferson would likely want a max multi-year deal to stay in Utah, which would likely lock up the franchise for several years of mediocrity.

While Jefferson is a great player, he is not capable of single-handedly attracting talent to a team and being the best player on a serious championship contender. With Jefferson on a max deal, the Jazz would likely remain what they are now — a borderline playoff team.

Getting Jefferson off the team will also create an opening for the team’s young players. The Jazz have two young big men with a lot of potential in Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, who could blossom if given a bigger role.


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