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Predicting toughest Jazz cuts ahead of 15-man roster deadline

The Utah Jazz will Host some closed-door meetings this week.

The Utah Jazz are approaching their final roster decision. Saben Lee’s cut on Sunday means there are still three players on the chopping block to make the final 15.

With only two preseason games left, let’s dig into what the players might be packing for this week.

Simone Fontecchio

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Fontecchio had a great summer playing for his native Italy on the international stage, but unfortunately, since arriving in Salt Lake City, he has Seems lost. Luckily for him, he is a.) in a needy position and b.) locked into a two-year contract.

If Fontecchio wants to break out of the rotation, he still has some work to do, but with his high ceiling, he can safely make it to the initial roster.

Cody Zeller

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Zeller was brought in to add depth to the center position, but this was a deal before Kelly Olynyk was brought to Salt Lake City. That puts Zeller in the center depth chart fourth.

For the veteran, it’s a day late and a dollar less this time.

Jared Butler

Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) carries the ball around Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (16) during the fourth quarter at Rogers Place.

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Portland Trail Blazers center Cody Zeller (40) during warm-ups before Portland plays Sacramento Kings at Moda Center.

Butler has been underwhelming since being selected with the 40th overall pick in the second round of 2021 good. He has an NBA-translatable set of skills that will make it difficult to leave, but he’s part of a young and crowded backcourt.

Originally put Butler in a good position as part of the rebuild. However, the inability to trade Mike Conley and acquire Collin Sexton could spell the end of Butler’s tenure in Utah.

Stanley Johnson

Initially, Johnson seemed to have a good chance of making the list, But he did play 15 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers and played well. Plus, he can play the 3 and 4, and the Jazz could use some depth.

If the Jazz don’t think Fontecchio is ready for the NBA, it makes a lot of sense to keep Johnson this season.

Leandro Bolmaro

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Bolmaro came to Salt Lake City in the Rudy Gobert trade and was in the bubble. A second-year first-round pick isn’t usually waived, but Bolmaro’s ten minutes in the first two preseason games was eye-opening.

Bolmarois appears at the end of the sort on the depth map and may be exiting.

Rudy Gay

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If we don’t play well on the field, then Guy’s going to be let go, but we don’t write check guys. If the Jazz decide to keep Gay, they face a $12 million loss, or they can cut the bait and keep a player who could develop into something.

This one can go either way, but my money is Guy being waived or bought out.

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Looking in from the outside, maybe Zeller, Guy and Bolmaro are going out on the way. Butler has had little success because he is a native and has a high ceiling due to his ability to create his own shots.

Players have two games left to prove themselves. The Jazz host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

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