INSIDER – Jazz reduce roster to 15

The Utah Jazz have reduced their roster down to 15 players by waiving Jack Cooley and Dahntay Jones. All expectations are the Jazz will open the season with a 15-man roster.

Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, played a considerable amount for the Jazz in the preseason. He came with a reputation as a solid defensive player and it showed in the preseason. Cooley got limited action in preseason games, but played well throughout camp. Cooley, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, will be property of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League if he plays D-League.

If the roster holds at these 15 players, the final roster spots will have been earned by Toure’ Murry, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Brock Motum. Motum played very well for the Jazz in Summer League after spending last year playing professionally in Italy.

Motum was the Pac-12′s leading scorer as a junior at Washington State and, at 6-foot-10 with a nice outside touch, is developing into a stretch 4.

Understand this is all fluid based on what other teams do with their rosters, as well as any possible deals that could develop before league rosters need to be finalized.

Ian Clark has shown the ability throughout camp to play both the third point guard and a backup two guard, which has given the Jazz some nice roster flexibility. Toure’ Murry has a similar skill set. Couple that with Jeremy Evans’ experience from last season and, as you can see below, the Jazz roster has each position well covered.

Utah Jazz Roster

PG – Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Ian Clark

SG – Alec Burks, Toure’ Murry

SF – Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Carrick Felix

PF – Enes Kanter, Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Brock Motum, Steve Novak

C – Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert

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STORYLINE — Latest Mock Drafts

The following is a STORYLINE post – It will continued to be updated as new mock drafts are posted by various sources.

UPDATED – June 26 – 12:17 pm

Scott Howard Cooper of has the top 4 differently than others.  He has Parker leading it off, followed by Wiggins and Exum.  Then Orlando takes Marcus Smart which leaves the Jazz to decide between the 3 power forwards – Vonleh, Randle and Gordon.

Here is nice statistical breakdown of the 3 

Scott Howard Cooper says the Jazz take

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In Chad Ford’s mock draft the Jazz got James Young but he goes 22 the pick for the Jazz leaving the Jazz with

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Honestly, I don’t see the Jazz doing this.  In SCH’s mock draft Shabazz Napier is still on the board and I could see the Jazz making that selection and I could see them assuring themselves CJ Wilcox or Glen Robinson III.

UPDATED – June 26th 11:43 am 

The Master of the NBA Draft has released his final Mock Draft.  Ford has Wiggins leading off the celebration to Cleveland, with Parker going to the Bucks.  The Sixers take Exum at number 3.  The Jazz are hoping this pick is Embiid assuring players they want to slide down to them.  However, Ford doesn’t see it that way and the Magic take Noah Vonleh.  Leaving the Jazz a choice between Smart, Randle and Gordon.  Ford thinks it will be ..

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Gordon would be a wonderful addition to the Jazz-


At the 23rd pick Chad Ford has a new name.

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This is an interesting name.  The Jazz are hoping someone would fall to them when the actual draft takes place and this would be a really exciting fall.  AT 6’8 213 he would be a bit redundant with Aaron Gordon being drafted, however this is a real talent.

In the second round Ford has the Jazz drafting CJ Wilcox with Glen Robinson III going the pick prior.  I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those go in the first round to the Jazz.

UPDATED June 25th – 10:25 pm

SheridanHoops has added their mock draft.   Parker leads off the picks going to Cleveland, followed by Wiggins, Exum and Embiid so the Jazz drove …..

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and with the #23 pick

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Interesting that Shabaz Napier is still on the board at this point

UPDATED  June 25 – 7:55 am

SI came out with there composite mock draft.   The first 4 picks were Wiggins, Parker, Exum and Embiid.  The the jazz selected

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With the 23rd pick the Jazz selected.

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UPDATED June 24th at 12:12 pm

Draft Express has released their new mock draft.  The first 4 go again with Wiggins, Parker, Exum and Embiid going 4th to Orlando

Draft Express has the Jazz taking

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At 23 the Jazz would have Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson on the board Draft Express took

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Hairston can shoot it with range and showed he could score in D-League after leaving UNC.  Background check would be important here.

UPDATED June 24th at 9:43 am

Chris Mannix of and a regular guest on the Big Show on 97.5 FM, has launched his latest mock draft 


Mannix has the usual first 4 after the Embiid injury.  Wiggins goes #1 to Cleveland and Parker goes #2 to Milwaukee.  Then Philadehlphia take Exum with Orlando passing on Smart to take Vonleh.

Mannix has the Jazz with the 5th pick

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No one ever falls in a mock draft so at the 23rd pick the Jazz select

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Adams is very limited athletically.  I wouldn’t be surprised if CJ Wilcox got some talk here but he might be around at 35.   The reality of this pick is it will likely be someone who falls in the draft.   In mock drafts there are no trades and no surprises so players don’t fall.  The opposite is true on Thursday night.

Other players that were still on the board - Clint Capela, Jusuk Nurkic (interesting player) and Cleanthony Early

UPDATED June 24th at 9:08 am 

ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman has released his mock draft.   The first 4 picks are the same names in a slightly different order.  Parker heads to Cleveland with Wiggins to Milwuakee.  In a change from other things we have seen Vonleh goes #3 and Exum lands in Orlando.  Orlando loves this scenario.

At this point what do the Jazz do ….

goodman mockThis is the first time I have seen Embiid under the Jazz 5th pick.   Embiid’s agent Arn Tellum has all the control here.  The Jazz need him to release Embiid’s medical records.  However, if Tellum wants Embiid in Boston or LA he could easily decline and send the medicals to Boston and LA rather than Utah.   If Utah finds out those medicals have been sent to Boston or LA do you dare take Embiid without the medical records.  Another issue to give the Jazz sleepless nights.

At 23 we see a new possibility.  For the first time in a while UConn point guard Shabazz Napier is on the board for the Jazz at 23.   However, Goodman has the Jazz going in a different direction

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Napier is another small point guard but he might be the best player on the board when the Jazz draft.  Should they take Napier if he is the best player on the board?

UPDATED on June 23rd at 10:06 pm

A new name emerges from the mock draft.   Nik Stauskas is an interesting choice by   If the Jazz really want him they can slide back to get him and gather some more assets.

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At 23 this mock draft again goes in a different direction

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UPDATED on June 23rd at 9:55am 

Chad Ford has put out his latest mock draft.   Jabari Parker goes #1 to the Cavs with Wiggins following at 2 to the Bucks.  Philly grabs Exum and Vonleh goes 4 to Orlando so the Jazz take .

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Here is the NBA Draft video breakdown of Aaron Gordon

With the Jazz 2nd pick Ford stays with Jordan Clarkson

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UPDATED on June 23rd at 12:05 am

Yahoo Sports has released their latest mock draft.  Cleveland takes Wiggins, followed by Parker. Yahoo thinks Wiggins fits better to new coach David Blatt.  Embiid goes 3 to Philly with Exum off the board at #4.

The Jazz select

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At 23 Yahoo has the usual names floating around the Jazz pick at 23 with the Jazz taking K.J. McDaniels from Clemson

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UPDATED on June 21st at 9:42 pm

Scott Howard Cooper of gives his 4.0 Mock Draft after the Embiid injury.. With Parker, Wiggins, Randle (to the 76ers) and Exum off the board the Utah Jazz draft


The big surprise of the mock draft is who they have the Jazz taking at 23.  With every other mock draft telling the story of a sky rocketing Elfrid Payton the mock draft has him falling to the Utah Jazz 24

Jordan Adams, Jerami Grant, Jordan Clarkson and Cleanthony Early were all still on the board

UPDATED ON June 21st at 4:53

Latest from Fox Sports Sam Amico

With Parker, Wiggins, Embiid and Exum off the board the Jazz draft

foxsportsAt 23 we get a new name from Amico

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