The Utah Jazz improved this offseason with the acquisition of veterans George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw.
"I think it was a natural progression," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. "We weren't going to continue to draft a 19-, 20-year-old every year."
But those moves won't jeopardize their future flexibility in potentially re-signing Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert to large deals.
"We had to be mindful of—and it's one of the reasons we went the trade route on two of our three transactions instead of just a free agency play with all three—the forecast of our salary cap outlook going forward as well," Lindsey said.
The Jazz missed the playoffs after suffering a number of injuries.
"We're hopeful that instead of chasing injuries, we'll be able to be a little more proactive with our depth," Lindsey said. "Could we strategically rest Gordon Hayward or Derrick Favors and plug in Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw? Or vice versa? That was some of the planning."