Not even a week has passed since Utah’s season ended unceremoniously, but it’s still something that gnaws at current Jazz players as they embark on their respective journeys in the offseason. .

Speaking to key players Eric Paschall, Jared Butler, Trent Forrest and Nickeil Alexander-Walker on Monday, they are all sad about how the season ended but more than happy to get back to work and see what the future holds for us.

“I want to be in the best shape and I want to get better,” Paschall said. “I’ve seen a big increase since my rookie year when it comes to shooting. I really want to improve. … I would like to become a 40% three-point shooter.”

For Butler, he is the team’s only rookie and the only player who has already had his exit interview with the organization – a one-on-one with general manager Juston Zanik. While he acknowledges that this season has been more of a learning experience than anything else, his playoff encounter with Zanik gives him confidence heading into the offseason.

“The main thing about this (meeting) was just being ready to go into this offseason with some drive and intensity,” Butler said. “They want me to be prepared, which is encouraging. … I feel hope from the reunion.

Forrest enters the offseason with some uncertainty, but not much.

After the Jazz clinched his contract at the end of the regular season, there is some stability in his corner as he will now become a restricted free agent – ​​giving Utah the chance to match any new offers that come their way. . But he went from a little-used guard as a rookie to someone who earned the trust of head coach Quin Snyder and played a vital role throughout the season as part of the rotation.

“I haven’t thought about it too much,” Forrest said of his future. “Right now, I’m still in Utah doing my rehab. … I really love the staff and everyone I’ve gotten to work with, especially with everything I’ve developed over my years. two years here. I have no problem staying in Utah. … I like the system and it fits who I am as a person.

Still under contract for next season, Alexander-Walker is almost certain to return to the Jazz next season – and with that could come a bigger role. After being acquired at the trade deadline, he didn’t see as many minutes with the veteran Jazz team but was effective in his few stints.

Blessed with great size, elite vision and a propensity to make the right plays at the right time, Alexander-Walker could make a leap next season that would excite jazz fans.

“The last few months have been great and encouraging,” he said. “I think learning the system, the way the guys really took the time to teach me everything and have patience with me, that was great too. I can tell everyone is really working tough. … It was nice to learn the recipe for winning.