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What options do the Utah Jazz have to shake up their roster this offseason?

The Jazz want to be title contenders, but their current roster has failed to reach that level. It has been three years since they added Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic, and Utah has won just one playoff series during that stretch. They need to improve their roster, and they have three choices on how to do so.

The Jazz could attempt to change the pieces around Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, but they already have over $155 million committed in salaries for next season. Conley is 35 years old and appears to have lost a step. Could the Jazz trade Jordan Clarkson or Bogdanovic to upgrade their defense? Yes, but it likely does not push them into title contention.

Utah could decide to trade either Mitchell or Gobert, and build their roster around the other. The Mavericks pulled off a similar strategy when they traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards at the deadline. Their star pairing was not working out, so Dallas went in another direction. The Jazz would prefer to keep Mitchell, but their defense is built around Gobert and it is likely to be significantly worse if they trade the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Utah could decide to blow up their roster completely this summer by trading both Mitchell and Gobert. It makes room to trade away Clarkson and Bogdanovic too and could give the Jazz a war chest of draft picks and young talent to build around moving forward.

Danny Ainge is onboard to lead basketball operations in Salt Lake City, and it will be interesting to see what direction he takes this summer.