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Jazz Trade with Lakers to Pick Tony Bradley No. 28 Overall in 2017 NBA Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

North Carolina forward Tony Bradley (5) drives past Gonzaga forward Zach Collins (32) during the second half in the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

When Adam Silver went to the podium, Tony Bradley briefly became a Los Angeles Laker with the No. 28 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. He just won't be staying there.

As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers and Utah Jazz have a deal in place that will send Bradley's rights to Utah. 

The North Carolina product averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his lone season in Chapel Hill. He shot 57.3 percent from the floor while playing just 14.6 minutes per game as a reserve.

ESPN's Chad Ford had Bradley ranked as the No. 21 overall player on his board. Built in the classic back-to-the-basket mold, Bradley has a soft touch near the rim and uses his body and length well to create separation against defenders. He said he's been working on rounding out his game since deciding to leave North Carolina after one season.

“I’ve been grinding every week since the season,” Bradley said, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I know I want to get better and I feel I’ve done a great job so far.”

The Jazz already have a franchise center in Rudy Gobert, so there's not much pressure here. Gobert is going to be in Utah for the foreseeable future, and Bradley can develop slowly, first as a G-Leaguer and then as a backup.

There's never much pressure on players selected after the lottery; they're always a bit of a crapshoot. But Bradley was a bit of a steal at the end of the first, and being taken here justifies his decision to come out, as he'll have a guaranteed contract. 

Here is a look at what people were saying about the pick around the Twittersphere:

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Tony Bradley is great value here. Utah Jazz got a terrific back up to Rudy Gobert. He snuck up on the bloggers.

Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

Utah Jazz pick Tony Bradley has tremendous instincts on the offensive glass, and a budding skill-level. DX Profile: https://t.co/ARcOa5cdxZ https://t.co/10wS1mxmTi

ACC Digital Network @theACCDN

A NEW RECORD!! @UNC_Basketball's Tony Bradley (@ToBrad1) is the 28th pick & the 10th @accmbb player drafted in the first round! 🙌 #NBADraft https://t.co/Wm41ruFRHF

Seth Greenberg @SethOnHoops

The @NBA will select a young European on upside. Who has greater upside than Tony Bradley. 6'10" 7'5" wingspan and the ball finds him

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