How the Utah Jazz Can Draft Victor Oladipo
ANNABELLA, UT—3:36 P.M.—Victor Oladipo has been credited as the next Dwyane Wade. A member of our staff has analyzed him as the best player in the draft. With the fourteenth overall pick, what can the Jazz do to get him?
The spark that ignited the writing of this article was provided by Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey, who said:
Our plan is to be very aggressive in the draft in relation to moving up. We have the ability to do that as of today.
- Dennis Lindsey, Jazz GM
Huge statement. Even more huge when you consider this coming from the tight-lipped Jazz front office. But, wait: “We have the ability to do that as of today.”
That caught my eye, so I delved a little further into that statement.
- Utah’s salary cap remains intact until July 1st, after the draft. This means that they won’t be sporting their infamous financial flexibility going into Thursday’s draft. They will after July 1st, however, have that flexibility.
- The Jazz currently have fifteen players on their roster. Nine of them are untradeable due to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement rules—they are set to become free agents/have an ETO: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Marvin Williams, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley, DeMarre Carroll, and Jerel McNeal.
- Six players remain under contract for the following year, and are tradeable: Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans, and Kevin Murphy. Utah also owns the rights to international center Ante Tomic.
- Realistically, Gordon Hayward will not be traded. Derrick Favors will not be traded. Neither will Enes Kanter or Jeremy Evans. Of the six, there are two guys who, understandingly, can be traded. Dennis Lindsey is saying the Jazz have the ability to move one, or both, of two young players to move up in the draft: Alec Burks and Kevin Murphy.
With that in mind, who/what could the Jazz possibly string together to compensate for a top pick?
Utah can send Alec Burks, the 14th overall pick, rights to Ante Tomic, and a future first- or second-round pick to the Orlando Magic. In return, they receive the second overall pick in the draft. The trade:
2nd overall pick in 2013
(Trade Exception, Josh McRoberts deal.
Alec Burks, SG
Rights to Ante Tomic, C
14th overall pick in 2013
Future Second-Round Pick
In order to secure a high-caliber talent in such a weak draft, the Jazz will have to propel themselves to the second spot on the board, where they have the best chance of drafting Victor Oladipo. If they managed to get any lower than that, Oladipo would be playing with another team’s logo on his chest.
Orlando themselves could draft Oladipo if not offered a trade as enticing as Utah’s. Charlotte, Phoenix, and even New Orleans could all use a shooting guard of Oladipo’s caliber for their respective reasons.
The Magic have needs everywhere, and a young shooting/point guard with so much potential like Alec Burks who was the twelfth overall pick in 2011, and draft picks, would be too good to pass up.
The Jazz brass have always been adamant that they will draft “the best player available.” Well. Kevin O’Connor, Dennis Lindsey…
Meet Victor Oladipo.
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