10 former Jazz players around the league (10 items)
The Utah Jazz traded or released a handful of players before the start of the 2013-14 season. The move was made to help develop young, upcoming players by giving them more minutes.
The Jazz stumbled out to a 1-14 record, but have since won nearly half their games and have improved to a 12-26 mark.
The young players have looked good so far, but did the Jazz make a mistake letting so many veterans go? This is a look around the league at 10 former Jazzmen and how they are performing on their new teams (players' statistical averages are through games of Jan. 9).
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1 of 10. Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats
The Jazz chose not to re-sign Jefferson after the 2012-13 season, but there are no hard feelings from the fans in his departure. In his return to Utah in December, he received an ovation from the crowd. ESPN wrote, “Jefferson has been on an absolute roll over the past 10 games. Jefferson is undoubtedly among the best big men in the game.”
2 of 10. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Millsap wasn’t re-signed by the Jazz to give the young players more minutes. The Hawks signed him at $9.5 million per year, and CBS Sports called it one of the free agency steals of 2013.
3 of 10. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets surrounded Williams with aging talent this offseason in bringing in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry to team up with Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche. What was supposed to be a super team has failed miserably. Injuries have hurt the Nets, and they sit at a 15-21 record in the Eastern Conference.
4 of 10. Mo Williams, Portland Trail Blazers
Williams has been a spark plug for the Blazers this year, helping them to a 27-9 record, third-best in the stacked Western Conference. He backs up former Weber State guard Damian Lillard. Williams plan on opting out of his contract and re-signing with the Blazers at the end of the season, according to Comcast Sportsnet.
5 of 10. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
Boozer has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. He left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans by missing significant time with the Jazz, and many questioned if his injuries were legitimate. The Bulls are considering using their amnesty clause on Boozer, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.