SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz’s 2019 offseason is officially in its first full week.
In an offseason that many are expecting to be one of considerable change, there will be plenty of action to keep track of. Here are some important dates to remember as they relate to how Utah’s roster for next season could be constructed.
June 20: 2019 NBA draft
The Jazz currently own the 23rd and 53rd picks in a draft that many are calling weak, but one that Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey noted during exit interviews has some good prospects in his range.
Lindsey, of course, has shown to be an excellent drafter late in the first round. A prime example is the last time the Jazz selected 23rd overall in 2014, when Lindsey chose Rodney Hood.
Prospect workouts will take place in the six or so weeks leading up to the draft, where Utah will bring in players it’s targeting with both picks as well as others who could end up with the G League’s Salt Lake City Stars and players who played collegiately in the Beehive State.
Last year, the first workout the Jazz announced took place on May 12.
June 30: Free agency begins
Players and teams aren’t allowed to officially come to agreements on deals until 12 a.m. ET on July 1, but given that Utah is two hours behind Eastern Time, there should be plenty of news in the final hours of June 30 locally.
For the Jazz, free agency is expected to be a much busier time this year than it was in 2018 when Lindsey brought the whole team back from the 2017-2018 campaign save backup Jonas Jerebko. Lindsey knows the team needs to get better. Utah has momentum in trying to attract a top-tier player and a number of the players currently on the roster will be free agents, which should make for an interesting first few days of July regardless of what ends up happening.
July 1: Utah Jazz summer league begins
The Jazz announced during exit interviews that summer league will be back in Salt Lake City again the first few days of July. The event will run July 1-3 and four teams will compete, although which teams besides Utah, as well as the location, have not been announced.
Rosters will be announced sometime after the draft, but any Jazz draftees and young players such as Grayson Allen and Tony Bradley are likely bets to be on Utah’s team.
July 5: Las Vegas summer league begins
This summer league is the NBA’s official one and a much larger gathering than the one in Utah, as most of the league’s 30 teams will likely compete. Expect the Jazz’s roster to be much the same as for the event in Salt Lake City, with perhaps a few changes.
July 6: Derrick Favors, Raul Neto contract guarantee dates
Although Lindsey and company didn’t say it, when the Jazz re-signed Derrick Favors and Raul Neto last summer, they structured their contracts in such a way as to allow flexibility the first few days of free agency.
Both players signed two-year deals with the second nonguaranteed until after July 6. Lindsey will know soon after July 1 if he has the chance to sign a top free agent. If he does, Favors likely won’t be back. If not, Lindsey indicated at exit interviews that the big man would almost certainly be back next season. To bring him back, the Jazz would simply need to exercise the option on his deal.
July 7: Kyle Korver guarantee date
The veteran has a similar contract guarantee as Favors and Neto, although it’s slightly different in that his deal is guaranteed unless the Jazz waive him before July 7.
Korver indicated at exit interviews that he is considering retirement.