TIPOFF—June 30—Draft review and Gordon’s market

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks back at the draft and previews the free agent market for Gordon Hayward.

PODCAST—Locke with Exum, Hood and Snyder

Utah Jazz radio voice and NBA Insider David Locke sat down with Jazz draft picks Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder after the introductory press conference at the Zions Bank Baketball Center.

TIPOFF—Late night post-draft edition

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks back at draft night for the Utah Jazz.

INSIDER—Recap of draft night

How did it happen that the Jazz ended up with two players they never imagined would be available to them at their draft positions?

On TIPOFF this morning, we talked about Embiid going No. 3 to the Sixers as the key to the night. This meant the Jazz knew they would have their choice of Exum or Gordon. Utah’s draft board seemed to be Parker, Wiggins (maybe reversed), Exum, Gordon and Smart.

The front office had spent a lot of hours recently watching the film of Smart closely, in case Exum went three and Gordon went at 4. The Jazz were very concerned that this scenario would play out.

Instead, about an hour before the draft, this happened:


Suddenly, Exum was a possibility for the Jazz at #5. Sure enough, Aaron Gordon went at #4 and the young Australian, who at times this season was talked about as a potential #1 pick, was coming to Utah.

Exum is a lightening-fast 18-year-old who, at 6-foot-6, could be a unique piece as a point guard. It will take him some time to develop. He’s very raw, particularly on the defensive end. He’s not a sure thing. One scout called him the pendulum player in this draft—he could be a superstar and he could be a bust.

I found him to be delightful in our conversations. He was very sure of himself in the interview settings. He’s engaging. He’s crisp in his speech. He’ll be a fan favorite, and the accent certainly doesn’t hurt.

One scout said: “Big point guard. Ok shooter who will get better with strength. Long point guard—great handle with super vision. Can guard multiple positions. Excellant burst. Elite speed with and without ball.”

As we were going through the media car wash with Danté Exum, I looked at the draft board and realized that Rodney Hood was still on the board. From previous conversations with Jazz people, I knew he was very high on the Jazz board and one of the players the Jazz were willing to move up to grab.

The Jazz were sitting at #23 and as the draft hit about #17 the Jazz started to offer #23 and #35 to move up and draft Hood. A few teams said no, and as they were saying no other teams made their intentions known—and all of sudden it became clear to the Jazz they were going to get Hood by staying at #23.

One last issue had to be clarified—the Miami Heat were desperate to grab Shabazz Napier and they wanted Utah’s pick. However, Miami only offered second round picks in order to move those few spots, so the Jazz declined and took Hood.

Hood is left-handed and has good size for his position at 6-foot-9. He shoots it well for a small forward or shooting guard, and he controls the ball well. He averaged 16 points per game at Duke while shooting 42% from three.

One scout texted me: “Shooter, can guard the ball. Good floor game. Best  player that participated in Chicago.” Another said: “He can shoot and knows how to play.”

After those two wins, the Jazz weren’t able to find a player to stash overseas. The team didn’t want to go into camp with three rookies and nine players with four years or less of experience in the NBA, so they made a trade with Memphis. The numbers probably won’t work out on this deal, since Memphis’ pick could be worse than #35.

Frankly, I’m not sure the Jazz had many players they really liked at #35 because in some of the conversations during the week they were very concerned about #23 and how they didn’t have enough players they liked at #23. That became a non-issue when Hood fell into their laps.

There’s a really good chance that we look back at this draft five years from now as the turning point for the Jazz franchise.

PODCAST—Exum and Hood from Brooklyn

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke was in Brooklyn for the NBA Draft, and here is a collection of sound bites from Danté Exum and Rodney Hood.

STORYLINE — Live from Barclays Center for the 2014 NBA Draft




UPDATED at 5:53 pm

Joel Embiid goes #3 – Jazz get either Dante Exum or Aaron Gordon whomever Orlando doesn’t take

UPDATED at 5:49 pm

No surprises in the first two picks.  Wiggins and Parker.

Woj just reported that Sacramento and Boston are talking about a deal to send Ben McLemore to Boston for the 6th pick.   What would Sacramento do with 6 and 8.

Jazz fans want to hear Joel Embiid with the 3rd pick

UPDATED at 5:19 pm

Chad Ford’s last mock draft has Embiid going 3 and Exum 4 with the Jazz taking Aaron Gordon at 5.  Ford earlier today had the Jazz taking Kentucky’s James Young but now has the Jazz taking elite athlete K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels is a transition master.  He is a great finisher.  He needs to improve his jump shot.  Jazz are all about player development

UPDATED at 5:16 pm

As i have said all day I keep hearing Noah Vonleh could slip in the draft.  Also hearing either Shabazz Napier or Tyler Ennis could slip as teams are not looking for point guards.   The other talk around the Center is the amount of European stashing that is going to be done tonight leaving some solid players undrafted.

UPDATED at 5:13 pm

Draft Express last mock draft has Jazz taking Aaron Gordon at 5 and P.J. Hairston at 23.  This is one of the first time we have seen Hairston at 23.  It is a possibility.  James Young would still be on the board.  Draft Express has the Jazz taking CJ Wilcox at 35.


UPDATED at 5:12 pm

Is it possible Embiid doesn’t go 3.  That is what it sounds like out of Philadelphia from one of their best and longest running reporters



The Jazz would like Embiid to go 3 to keep all of their options open.


UPDATED 4:33 pm

My intel has Embiid going 3.  However, strange to me that his agent just released a statement and then moments later Scott Howard Cooper mentions a team with Embiid in the teens.  My feeling is 10 is Embiid’s backstop to Philly and Philly clearly thinks Boston or LA will take him so they are taking him at 3.

Could the Jazz trade to 3 to get Exum and Philly still gets Embiid at 5?  It makes sense on paper but what would Sixers want from the Jazz and what would the Jazz be willing to give up.

Embiid needs to go 3 for the Jazz to have the night they want.


UPDATED 3:52 pm

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This news comes at the same time it revealed that Philadelphia is no longer pursuing the #1 pick in the draft.  With the Afflalo deal  it would seem Orlando is out also.  Leaving just Boston and Utah to pursue the #1 pick.

Why would Philadelphia have Vonleh and Randle in for a workout?  If they are making a move down in the draft with Utah, Orlando  or LA they would need to consider these players.

I am hearing Vonleh could slip but I am not sure he would be able to get to 10.

UPDATED – 3:49 pm

Here is the latest I am hearing around the league.

The Philadelphia Sixers will take Joel Embiid at #3.  With most people expecting Dante Exum to go 4 to Orlando.

This leaves the Jazz choosing between Noah Vonleh, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle.

The #3 pick is a key one to watch for the Utah Jazz

I just talked with someone very close to the situation it is still not clear who is going 1 and who is going 2.



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 nba.com 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 SI.com 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 NBA.com mock draft.   Nik Stauskas is an interesting choice by nba.com.   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 NBA.com 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 NBA.com 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 NBA.com mock draft has him falling to the Utah Jazz

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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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STORYLINE – Rumors, Murmurs and News on the NBA Draft


This is a STORYLINE post.  This will continue to be updated as the latest news and rumors are mentioned.  Each will have the Jazz take on the news

UPDATED –  June 26th 1:02 pm

Are you wondering where all the Derrick Favors to the Cavaliers talk started

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It got retweted 312 times and favored 90 times.  It got picked up by every outlet imaginable and likely became definite.  I talked about it , the league talked about it, it became gospel.  This is how modern reporting happens.  Yet, from people I have talked to and people I trust Derrick Favors was never the centerpiece or an integral part of any of the Jazz and Cavaliers direct conversations.

Does that mean that something involving a third team might not bring these back into play, nope.  Trust me Derrick Favors was not an integral part of any of these discussions.

UPDATED – June 26th – 12:39 pm


UPDATED – June 26th – 12:30 pm .

Multiple reports that the Sixers have upped their offer to the Cavaliers.  This tells us a few things.  This is why the Cavs wanted Exum to fly into town.   Secondly, it tells us the pick is still in play.

What could Philly add to the mix.  They own the 3rd pick, the 10th pick, Thadeus Young and Michael Carter Williams.   That is it.  They don’t have another piece on their roster other than future #1 picks that is appealing.

From a Jazz standpoint, I understand they are still making efforts to garner the #1 pick.  Derrick Favors is not and has not been an integral or the centerpiece of the deal.  I am not clear if this is because the Cavaliers with their roster make-up aren’t interested in Favors or why.    The Jazz are unable to deal Gordon Hayward without major complications due to his pending restricted free agency.   Meaning, unless the Jazz can involve a third team who has a larger desire for the Jazz assets it is going to be difficult for the Jazz to get the #1.

My best guess at this point is for the Jazz to get the #1 pick it is going to have to be a complicated deal and those are nearly impossible to pull off on draft night.

UPDATED – June 26th  - 11:55 am 

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This impacts the Jazz at 23 a bit.  There has been some talk that either Tyler Ennis or Shabazz Napier could drop to the Jazz at 23 where they would have to decide if they wanted another small point guard.  This deal seems to mean that Ennis goes 22.

In Chad Ford’s latest mock draft he has Kentucky’s James Young this could have impact of that.

UPDATED – June 26th  - 11:31 am

The mystery of the draft was supposed to be Dante Exum but it has become Joel Embiid. Embiid started the draft process with a bad back, added a major foot injury and now his medical records are the most sought after item in the draft


You could really read this as who has Embiid’s medical records.  According to the people I have talked to the only teams with his medical records are Cavs, Bucks, Sixers, Celtics and Lakers.  Jazz and the Magic have been left out.

From a Jazz perspective the Jazz really need Embiid to go #3 to the Sixers to make sure the players they want get to them at 5.

UPDATED – June 26th - 9:03 am

The first big trade of day has been completed

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This is the use of a trade exception from Denver and a nice pick up.  Afflalo returns to Denver where his career got ignited.   Orlando gains a nice young player in Evan Fournier and a bunch of flexibility.  Why does Orlando want flexibility?   I would assume they have another deal coming to make this work.    Are they absorbing a contract for someone?  Do they have someone they are trying to acquire?

From Denver perspective did they just get the piece they need to get Kevin Love deal done.

Impact on the Jazz is that it takes Afflalo deal off the table with the #1 pick.  It seems as though this may eliminate Orlando from the #1 pick conversation, however it could mean that they have opened the door for a something to get #1

UPDATED — June 26th  8:00am

Yesterday, reports that Cleveland wanted Dante Exum to fly to Cleveland for a last minute workout.  Reports today say that he declined the workout


UPDATED – June 26 – 8:00 am 

The number 1 pick is still in play.  According to Chad Ford the magic may be the leader in acquiring the pick  but it might be based on what other teams think of their picks rather than what the Cavaliers think

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The Jazz chances of getting the #1 pick are getting slimmer by the hour.  I will give you more on  this on Tip Off.

UPDATED – June 25 10:53 pm

Looks like there are 4 teams in play for the #1 pick.  Philly, Boston, Utah and Orlando.   Orlando may be getting serious in its quest for #1

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It is looking more and more less likely that the Jazz are going to be able to get to the #1 pick.   The Jazz assets may not match the work for the Cavaliers demands.

UPDATED -June 25 – 10:12 pm

Looks like the #1 pick is still in play

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UPDATED – June 25 — 8:04 pm


UPDATED  - June 25 1:57 pm 

This report is loaded with all sorts of implications.

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Why would Cleveland do this?  If they are planning on picking at 4 or 5 then they may want to take a look at Exum.  Orlando and Utah have the most assets to offer Cleveland for the 1st pick and Exum looks to be available at 4 or 5, where Orlando and Utah are picking, if the assumption that Embiid going 3 is accurate.

UPDATED  -  June 25 1:41 pm

The Joel Embiid injury sent Philadelphia, Orlando and Utah for a big loop.  Now Arn Tellum the agent for Embiid holds all the cards

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Tellum is the same agent who controlled Kobe through the draft and moved him to the Lakers via a forced trade with Charlotte.

UPDATED – June 25 7:41 am

Why would Cleveland possibly trade the #1 pick.  Maybe because of inside disagreement. Chad Ford reports that they are split minds in Cleveland over whom to pick.

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This maybe why Cleveland eventually moves the #1 pick.  Easier to agree on a deal than to agree on who to take.  However, it also tells you about the power of Dan Gilbert and the multitude of voices which will make it very for any team trying to get a deal done to know if what they are discussing will pass the Gilbert test.

UPDATED – June 24 9:50 pm

Sounds like we can add another team to the list at #1 – The Boston Celtics


So now we have Cleveland talking with Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and Utah.

What can everyone offer

Boston - has the 6th and 17th picks in this draft.  Of their active players Rajon Rondo and Kelly Olynk are the only other players of interest.

Philadelphia – Has the 3rd pick and the 10th pick.   On their roster they have Michael Carter Williams

Orlando – Has the 4th pick and the 12th pick.  Plus they have Aaron Afflalo and could be willing to offer Victor Oladipo.  Orlando also has Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic.

Utah – Has the 5th pick and the 23rd.  On the roster they have Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke plus a 2017 pick of the Golden State Warriors.

Looking at that who can make the best offer?

UPDATED – June 24th 11:46 am

On NBA Podcast Seth Greenberg calls the rumored Favors and #5 for #1 pick a “terrific” deal for the Cavaliers

Greenberg and Katz also called the draft 22 deep.   Let’s hope someone makes a mistake before 23

UPDATED  - June 24th  10:00 am

Fran Franschilla has made a name for himself at ESPN as the international expert on the Draft.   Today he tweeted his top 5 international players

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With picks at 23 and 35 and a pool of young players already on the roster it makes sense for the Jazz to draft an international player.   Keep an eye on these names.

UPDATED – June 23rd 6:13 pm

Clear the Cavaliers are still interested in moving the 1st pick.  Cleveland is under huge pressure to make the playoffs now to get out of the lottery and to keep Kyrie Irving happy.


You can start to put together what these deals would be.  The Sixers have very little other than 3, 10 and Micael Carter Williams on their roster.  The Magic have 4,12 and some nice young pieces.   The Timberwolves bring Kevin Love into the mix.  The Jazz we know where they are coming from.

Remember the Jazz can’t move Gordon Hayward unless he agrees to go to Cleveland in free agency.

UPDATED -June 23d – 10:14 am

Reports have had both Utah and Philadelphia make runs at the #1 pick from Cleveland.  According to ProBasketballDraft add another suitor

orlando wants 1

This makes sense.  Orlando, Philadelphia and the Jazz have all been hit by the Joel Embiid injury.  Orlando wants a point guard but word is Dante Exum could go #3 to Philly and they have cooled on Marcus Smart.

The Jazz seem to have the most assets between Philadelphia and Orlando but it is not clear how many they are willing to part with for the #1 pick

UPDATED – June 23rd – 9:50 am

The biggest impact of the Embiid injury for the Utah Jazz is that Dante Exum chances of slipping to 5 have been reduced greatly.

Prior to the injury Wiggins, Parker and Embiid were expected to be the top 3 picks in some order.   Over the weekend Dante Exum worked out in Philly and according to Chad Ford was very impressive

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From a Jazz perspective this means Orlando is a bind needing a point guard and Exum is off the board.  They could take Marcus Smart or Noah Vonleh.  This means the Jazz are deciding between Smart/Vonleh, Gordon and Randle.

UPDATED – June 23rd – 9:26 am

Huge news from Chad Ford, ESPN Insider Dario Saric, a potential top 10 pick has reached an agreement with Turkish team Anadolu Efes.


Saric will stay in the draft, but will likely stay in Europe for 2 more years.  In someways this makes him more appealing for teams that are trying to persereve cap space or have too many young players.

The Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are all trying to preserve space.

From a Jazz standpoint Saric maybe more appealing. The Jazz would prefer not to come to camp next year with 3 more rookies on an already young roster.  However, this draft is lacking in European players who can be drafted and left in Europe for a year or two.  Saric now matches that description.

Saric is a tremendous talent with a versatile game for a 6’10 player.   The most common comparison has been Toni Kukoc.

It would likey take moving up in the draft from #23 to acquire Saric.  Consider it another option for the Jazz on a draft night with endless options.  Jazz Assistant General Manager Justin Zanik is very well schooled in the European game.

UPDATED – June 23rd 7:23 am

No huge surprise here but you can take Embiid off the list of potential picks at #2.  Bucks will be drafting whomever slips past #1 of Wiggins and Parker. Wiggins was in town on Friday for a workout and Parker was in Milwaukee earlier in the week


Lasry is the new owner of the Bucks.

Doesn’t change anything from the Jazz perspective but it does mean Philadelphia is the odd team out right now of the stars and will likely try to move up into 1 or 2 to get Wiggins.

UPDATED — June 23rd 6:35 am 

Cleveland still believes they can lure free agents.  To do this they may need to clear their books.  These two notes from Sam Amico point to Jarrett Jack

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If the Cavs are really looking to do this they will likely need to move Jarrett Jack who is scheduled to receive 6 million each of the next 3 years.  Jack’s contract may become an important piece as the Cavs discuss trades in the upcoming days.

UPDATED – June 22nd – 10:07 pm 

Who will be the number 1 pick of the draft?  Earlier this weekend the word was it was Jabari Parker.  However, according Sam Amico, who does strong work in Cleveland, that may be changing


If the Jazz are interested in acquiring a pick to get Jabari this may mean the Milwaukee Bucks are in play as well.  The safer route is to get Cleveland’s pick and get the guy you want.  However, it takes two to tango and maybe the Cavaliers aren’t willing to make a deal.

The Bucks need to straighten their books a bit as well and might be willing to do a deal if the Jazz were also willing to take back some of their bad contracts.  For example, OJ Mayo is scheduled to make 8 million both of the next two years and Carlos DelFino has 3.25 each of the next two seasons and Zaza Pachulia is scheduled for 5.2 each of the next two years.

UPDATED – June 22nd – 8:58 pm


We are officially into the period of the draft where we can’t believe anything anyone says, but this is a very interesting development.  Do the Warriors really believe they have a better chance of winning with Lee and Thompson than Love.  If Thompson is not being moved what does Minnesota do next.  In addition, what do the Lakers do next if they are trying to move #7 for a veteran.

Though a very interesting and maybe correct take from a Minnesota writer


UPDATED – June 22nd – 8:35 am

Lots of picks are there for the taking.  Hard to imagine the Jazz need to grab another first round pick but if they are trying to build a deal for Cleveland and #1 maybe they have to grab different assets.

Chicago at 16 and 19 needs to clear cap space more than acquire more talent.  The Bulls are planning a run for Carmelo or LeBron.  If the Jazz are willing to take on a salary (Mike Dunleavy) they could likely get 16 or 19 from Chicago.

.Houston is trying to clear cap space as well and are sitting at #25.

Sacramento is willing to move #8.  Oklahoma City might be willing to move #21.

UPDATED June 22nd – 8:22 am

Lakers 7 is clearly in play.  Talk of Lakers getting involved in a three way swap with Klay Thompson for 7 all as a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves deal to have Kevin Love end up in Golden State.

UPDATED :  June 21st – 3:54 pm


This doesn’t directly impact the Jazz at 5, however ask yourself if there is anyone on the Jazz that you would be willing to give up to get 7.   Would be complicated but is there a way for the Jazz to get 7 and use it to get to 1.   Lots of options in these final days


UPDATED as of June 21st at 3:46 PM

Ken Berger of CBS Sports has these notes

*  Parker is likely to go 1 and Wiggins likely to go 2 – neither is expected at this point to move their picks.  The offers to get one of these picks is going to have to be so good that the GM is able to unquestionably justify the deal to the ownership.  Mostly in Milwaukee with new ownership for GM John Hammon.

*  Talk of Magic talking Vonleh at 4 continues with Exum 3 to Philly.   What do the Jazz do from there.   If Exum and Vonleh are gone the Jazz are deciding between Gordon, Randle and Smart.

* Nuggets may have promised Saric at 11