SALT LAKE CITY – As Utah prepares to start a new era, the Jazz have reached back into their past.
The organization made a conscious decision to go with a youth movement and let four of their top five scorers find new NBA homes after narrowly missing the playoffs at 43-39.
Team leaders Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are gone and the spotlight is now centered on Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, who are entering their fourth season.
To set the tone for the rebuilding process, the Jazz welcomed back the influence of the best teams in franchise history. First, Utah hired former coach Jerry Sloan, who spent 23 seasons as head coach of the Jazz, as a senior basketball adviser.