After the first suggested trade scenario got mixed reviews from people that read the article which can be seen here. I came to the conclusion that Jazz fans don’t know what they want or at least not all of us are unified. Do we all want to trade up? Yeah I say the majority does, however how much the Jazz offer to move up differs greatly between fans. Some think we can give as little as the 5th and 23rd to move up to 4th where others believe the Jazz would have to give up the 5th, 23rd, next years first round along with Kanter or Burks to move up into the top 3-4.
Since the top 4 is supposed to be a huge gap between the them and the rest of the draft class I seem to veer closer to the latter trade on what it would take to move up. The Jazz have been known to be tight lipped, but Dennis Lindsey has stated multiple the times that the Jazz want to move up or back or out depending on what’s best for the team. If Lindsey is motivated to move down he either believes what he’s getting in return is better than the pickings at 5 or the real guy he wants is projected later in the draft.
I’m starting to lean towards the Jazz taking Noah Vonleh at 5 and I’m also starting to believe his ceiling is higher than Jabari Parker (don’t crucify me Jazz fans). If that’s the case then the Jazz have a solid pick at 5, but if the Jazz want to move up then this is what I believe it will take to do just that.
Jazz Receive: 3rd pick from Philly
Philly Receives: 5th pick, 2017 first round (from Golden State), Alec Burks
To move up only 2 spots this would do it I believe. I was going to include next year’s first round pick as well and decided there was no way Lindsay would offer that much. This way Jazz get their guy in Jabari (or Exum if it was me) and Philly would get a wing alongside MCW and with the 5th they could take Aaron Gordon to round out their lineup. All this depends how high they are on Jabari. The BIG obstacle is Philly tanked and every knows it to get a top pick in this draft so trading it away is highly unlikely.
I still think the Jazz are going to surprise people and make a few deals during draft day and none moving up from 5. We’ll see as the draft is less than 30 days away.