We’re still in the beginning stages of the Utah Jazz's offseason preparations, and there are plenty of plots and subplots to follow during July’s free agent push. The Jazz are looking to add some pieces to strengthen their team, but signing the wrong player or two could send them in the wrong direction. Here are three free agents they should avoid:
Utah needs shooting, and the idea of bringing the former BYU standout seems very appealing to the front office. However, Fredette has shown he's not athletic enough to make a real impact on the defensive end of the court, and shot just 18.8 percent from three-point range last season. This would be a fan-friendly move, but it wouldn't pay any positive dividends on the basketball court.
Williams hasn't lived up to being the No. 2 pick in the draft in 2011, due to his lack of overall skill, but several teams are intrigued by his athleticism and energy. He averaged 8.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for Sacramento last season in a bench role, but there's a reason Williams hasn't had a successful career - and the Jazz would be smart not to spend what little cap space they have on him.
Barea is a backup point guard coveted by many teams on the free agent market, but he also needs the ball in his hands a ton to make a real impact on the court. Add in the fact that he's one of the smallest players in the league, along with having to compete with Dante Exum and Trey Burke for playing time, and there simply wouldn't be enough room for him to have the kind of impact you'd be paying him to have.Back to the Utah Jazz Newsfeed