My co-editor here at Purple & Blues, Josh Haslam, has been doing some great pieces on different draft day trade scenarios that could help the Utah Jazz in their efforts to move up in the draft. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read them, you need to do so. His latest piece can be found here. The collective reasoning that most, if not all, Utah Jazz fans want them to move up a few spots in the draft, is because if they stay where they are at now with the fifth pick, there is really no possible way that they would be able to draft a guy like Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. From most fans, and experts alike, Wiggins or Parker really is the perfect fit to help complement the Jazz’s young core. The Jazz need a scoring wing, and after those two, that position will be hard to find. Currently, the Jazz sit at fifth in the draft behind the Cleveland Cavaliers who hold the number one pick, the Milwaukee Bucks at two, the Philadelphia 76ers at three, and the Orlando Magic at four. Are any of these teams willing to trade down? I don’t really think so. The Cleveland Cavaliers have had the top pick in three of the last four drafts and blew it last year after drafting Anthony Bennett. The Cavaliers did however strike gold with one of those top picks when they drafted All-Star Kyrie Irving. Now, with the top pick again, they could potentially be looking to draft a guy who could blossom into a top player in the league to pair up with Irving. In all honesty, they really can’t afford to miss out on that because their efforts to sway Lebron James to come back to Cleveland, I think, is pretty much slim to none. Irving needs to be paired with another superstar for him to want to stay in Cleveland, and they could potentially get one in this draft with the top pick. However, the only way I could really see them trading out is if the Minnesota Timberwolves come calling and offering Kevin Love. I really don’t see much that the Jazz could offer to sway the Cavs. The best they could really do is offer the fifth pick, the 23rd pick, Enes Kanter, and either Alec Burks or a future first round pick unprotected. Even that, I don’t think would make the Cavs budge from the top spot. With the Bucks at the second pick, they need to stay. If they trade back, they could be showing their fans that they’re not even trying to win. They had a good draft last season when they got a steal at number 15 with “The Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. After a rookie season that showed a lot of potential, hopefully getting back a healthy and defensive big man in Larry Sanders, then adding another young talent that could potentially turn into an All-Star, the Bucks can’t miss out on that.
Jazz WON’T trade up come draft day
Purple & Blues | May 28