Dana Greene - Jazz fans must be patient

Dana Greene - Jazz fans must be patient

We knew this was coming, just not all at once. The Utah Jazz overhaul is in full force.
Jazz fans wanted to see a youth movement. Well, they're getting it. Now we'll see if they're willing to be patient.

In just over 24 hours, the Jazz lost productive veteran starters Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap to free agency, and gained three expiring contracts in Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush.

That means, as of now, with the Jazz roster standing at 12 players, the longest tenured player on the team is 23-year-old Gordon Hayward.


The keys to the franchise have officially been handed over to the young core of Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Trey Burke. That is your starting five right now. Is it enough to make the playoffs? Probably not. But I believe the future looks bright.

Jazz fans are just going to have to suffer through another season or two of not making the playoffs. With two first round draft picks next year, which is considered to be the deepest draft in a decade, the Jazz will only add more impact players to their young talent.

Plus, with 24 million dollars coming off the books in 2014 with Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush, the Jazz will have a ton of money to spend on an extremely talented free agent pool.

I like what Dennis Lindsey and Kevin O'Connor are building. They knew the team went as far as it could with the likes of Jefferson, Millsap, Mo Williams and the rest. It is finally time to see what the young guys can do with real minutes.

It might not be pretty at first, but in the end, I believe Jazz fans will be rewarded.

Just be patient.
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