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Utah Jazz look to Hayward and Favors to lead the way

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    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder' Steven Adams (12) as he drives to the basket during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Oklahoma City won 88-82. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press)

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    Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin shouts to his team during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press)

Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors have fully stepped into the spotlight for the Utah Jazz, whether they are ready or not.

After seasons of deferring to players like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, the fourth-year players are the unmistakable future of the Jazz. Utah moved into rebuilding mode by shuttling four of their top five scorers after finishing last season at 43-39, just missing the playoffs.

Management will see if loyal followers will show patience as youngsters like center Enes Kanter, forward Jeremy Evans and guard Alec Burks become the supporting cast to Favors and Hayward.

General manager Dennis Lindsey says the Jazz made offseason moves to allow young players to grow as well as plan for the salary cap.