This is what a rebuild looks like. The Utah Jazz on Friday lost two of their most popular players to free agency, while adding three players by trade whose primary purpose will be to preserve salary cap flexibility next summer. Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll both signed free agent deals with the Atlanta Hawks late Friday, hours after the Jazz sent guard Kevin Murphy to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush. The Jazz also received four draft picks, including first-rounders in 2014 and 2017. According to sources, Millsap signed with the Hawks for $19 million over two years, while Carroll’s deal is also for two years, but $5 million. The deals can not be completed until Wednesday, when the league’s free agency moratorium ends and players can sign with new teams. So how does that all happen? The franchise resolves to grow by throwing its young core to the fire. Through their actions the first week of free agency, the Jazz have proved themselves deeply committed to building around Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and rookie point guard Trey Burke, whom they acquired in a draft-day deal.
Jazz lose two to Hawks, gain three from Warriors
Salt Lake Tribune | Jul 6