Morning Jazz 04-20-14

Before getting into the links, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of Jazz Nation a very Happy Easter.

As we have talked about for quite awhile now, the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft is said to be on of the best in nearly a decade. After the Utah Jazz won the tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics, we now know that the Jazz will head to the lottery on May 20th in the fourth position. We won’t know exactly where they will draft until after the lottery, but it is always good to look ahead. What will the Jazz do with their draft pick when they know where they land? They have many multiple options, and fans have many different opinions, but it is always good to hear everyone’s viewpoints. (via

Richard Jefferson is used to playing for winners. After spending his first seven seasons with the then New Jersey Nets, who were consistently in the mix to win the Eastern Conference, he spent a year with the Milwaukee Bucks before joining the San Antonio Spurs for less than two seasons. He was dealt to the Golden State Warriors, who won a playoff series last year, but was sent to the Utah Jazz in the offseason and had to suffer through a rebuilding season. Although Jefferson has enjoyed his time in Utah, he wants to make another run at winning a title before he retires, if that is possible. (via

General manager Dennis Lindsey willingly admits the Utah Jazz, days removed from the conclusion of a 25-57 season, have taken a step backwards. On purpose. With the ownership’s approval. That matter-of-fact assessment, by the way, isn’t an admission of guilt or regret. He’s OK with it. Kevin O’Connor, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations, is good with it. So is Jazz President Randy Rigby. The Millers are fine with it, too. It was simply part of the plan. (via

The Utah Jazz ended their lackluster 2013-14 NBA campaign Wednesday, finishing with a thrilling 136-130 double-overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The victory, paired with a Boston Celtics loss, put each team at 25-57, leaving them tied for the fourth worst record in the league. Some fans were disappointed with the win, hoping instead to finish the season on a six game losing streak and get ever closer to that top three lottery pick. On the other hand, many fans (and certainly the players) were happy to see the Jazz finish such a disappointing season on a high point with a gutsy win on the road. In the end, the Jazz got the last laugh when they won a random drawing between them and the Celtics to decide which team would own the fourth best lottery odds for the upcoming draft. With the season complete, the lottery odds set and the playoffs looming, it’s time to make a proper assessment of this young Jazz squad and point out what coaches and fans hope to see from them next season. (via

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