Utah Jazz: Who They Need, Who Will They Take?

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Utah Jazz: Who They Need, Who Will They Take?

If reports by ESPN's Marc Stein are correct, then tonight's NBA Draft will begin to shed some light on the direction of Utah Jazz free agent Carlos Boozer.

Stein is reporting that the New Jersey Nets intend to make a lucrative offer to the two-time All-Star forward and pass on the opportunity to select Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors.

Surprising? Yes, but not shocking. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants an instant winner and doesn't want to wait around for players to develop.

Instead, the Nets will draft the silky-smooth small forward Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and begin their quest for the respectability and the playoffs with a frontline that includes: Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer, and Johnson.

New Jersey is $27 million under the league's salary cap and would essentially be foregoing an opportunity to land Toronto's Chris Bosh or the Sun's Amare Stoudamire. Instead, the team could potentially go after Boozer and another top-tier free agent, preferably a shooting guard like Atlanta's Joe Johnson.

For Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor, he's all ready planned on this scenario, but now that it's likely to become reality it's more importan than ever for the Jazz to think big in today's NBA Draft.

The names are out there and so are the many draft day scenarios. Will Utah trade up to grab Boozer's potential replacement in Favors? Or can the Jazz get an instant impact player like Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins? Thoughs are the questions as the draft approaches.

Here's a look at the five most pressing needs for the Utah Jazz and a prediction of who they'll eventually select in today's draft.

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