Does Utah Have Big Draft Deal in Works?
The 2011 NBA Draft takes place June 23 in Newark, New Jersey. With the unanimous label of "weak" having been slapped on the face of this year's draft, many teams are looking to trade down or out. The Utah Jazz could be amongst those teams, as they own the third and 12th overall picks.
According to the Jazz's website, the team held a pre-draft workout on Sunday, May 29. The draftees in attendance included Butler's Shelvin Mack, Cleveland State's Norris Cole, Kansas State's Markieff Morris and California-native Jeremy Tyler. (The list of names from that point on becomes nearly unrecognizable.)
They again held a pre-draft workout on Tuesday, May 31. The players in attendance during that workout included Michael Stockton of Westminster, Jackson Emery of BYU, and Mustapha Farrakhan of UVA. Again, these are lower-class draftees.
Are you serious? Why would a team owning the third and 12th overall picks in the draft care to examine these late first-round and second-round players? It raises a huge question mark about this franchise's intentions for the off-season.
Foremost, in order for the Jazz to have a legitimate reason to hold a workout solely for these players, they must have some kind of trade panned out involving a single one, or both, of their draft picks.
Players that they could be trading for include Indiana's Danny Granger, 76ers">Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, New Orleans' Chris Paul and/or David West, Portland's Brandon Roy and/or Greg Oden, Detroit's Richard Hamilton and/or Tayshaun Prince and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
Unless the Utah Jazz start bringing in players with high draft status (Brandon Knight, Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette), expect a huge deal to be made this summer involving Utah's draft picks, and inadvertently some of the players on their roster.
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