INSIDER—Jazz comfortable at #5

With rumors swirling all around the Utah Jazz and the 2014 NBA Draft, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said today: “If we stay at [pick #5] we know the group and we are comfortable with the group.”

In an interview with David James and Patrick Kinihan on 97.5 FM, Lindsey explained that whomever the Jazz draft, the key will be the work done after the draft—not before the draft.

“There is no perfect prospect; there are a bunch of very good prospects,” Lindsey said. “Much of this draft is how good you are as an organization developing the prospect you take. We’re going to have to do a really good diagnosis look under the hood, look at their skill set and support them because they are really young men.”

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The group the Jazz will be choosing from at #5 will likely include some combination of 18-year-olds Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon, 19-year-old Julius Randle and 20-year-old Marcus Smart.

Lindsey also commented: “There are many different prospects that add different athletic attributes and mindsets.”

Lindsey would not comment on trade rumors or if the Jazz had any players in for an extra workout.

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The Utah Jazz radio team of David Locke and Ron Boone got together to break down the top picks of the NBA Draft. Ron has been around the league since 1968 and brings it big time about these top players.

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Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders and breaks down the top talent of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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INSIDER—Could Marvin Williams be a Miami target?

Last season, Jazz forward Marvin Williams showed a sense of leadership that makes him appealing to be a part of Utah’s future. However, Williams may have other options in the upcoming seasons.

As a highly coveted stretch 4, teams will look closely at Williams. One team most experts anticipate making a run at Williams is the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, where Williams would fit their Matt Bonner-type role.

However, Grantland’s Zack Lowe mentions Marvin as a possibility to the vanquished Miami Heat in his piece about LeBron’s future.

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Teams being interested in a class act like Marvin Williams is not surprising. The surprise here is the mention of a full mid-level for Marvin Williams. Some execs I talked to late last year mentioned the idea of a three-year, $9 million dollar deal, and others mentioned nothing more than two years.

What’s clear is that Marvin earned the right last year to be a veteran leader for a young Jazz team if he so desires.

INSIDER—Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey talks of “Violent Disagreement”

Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey is keeping all of his options open for Thursday’s NBA Draft. In an exclusive interview with Spence Checkets and Gordon Monsen on 97.5 FM, Lindsey made it clear the choices for the Utah Jazz are not cut-and-dried.

“When you order the players, that’s when you get violent disagreement (amongst basketball professionals). We (Jazz front office) are in the middle of lots of deliberations and conversations.”

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A signature of R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich’s front office in San Antonio is open discussion and strong, opinionated discussion. Lindsey has brought the same to the Utah Jazz.

If the Jazz hold tight at the #5 position, they are looking at the likes of Noah Vonleh, Dante Exum, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle. When the players being discussed are ranging in age from 18 (until December) to 20, there’s a lot of room for opinions, because nothing is set in stone for these players.

WEEKEND PODCAST—Locke’s weekly visits on 1280 The Zone

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke takes his weekly visit with Scotty G and Hans, and then with David James talking about the NBA Draft.