The 2014 NBA Draft is less than a month away, and Utah Jazz fans are excited to see what direction the Jazz will go. There has been a lot of different articles that have been posted about different scenarios the Jazz could find themselves in come draft night.
The Jazz currently sit with the fifth pick in the draft. They sit behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Orlando Magic. Will they be able to move out of the pick? According to a recent post with Chad Ford, NBA ESPN Insider, any of the top teams are unlikely to move.
Multiple league sources say that there are a number of top picks for “sale” this year. “I thought getting a lottery pick via trade would be virtually impossible this year,” one NBA GM told Insider. “It’s not. There are a lot of teams in the lottery right now that would prefer a proven player. A lot of owners have lost their patience with the rebuilding process.
With the Jazz sitting in the fifth position, they would likely have to trade one of their core young pieces to move up. Doing this could possibly prolong the rebuilding process and upset fans if it begins taking longer than expected. However, as said earlier, the Jazz are among some of the top teams that feel the need to stay put.
Among the teams that would be open to trading their lottery pick? It’s highly likely that the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, and Utah Jazz are all holding on to their picks.
Staying put at number five means that basically the Jazz have no chance of drafting a guy like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and possibly even Joel Embiid. Staying put at five will have the Jazz looking at drafting between Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart, and Noah Vonleh. Those names can be productive, but obviously don’t seem to have as much potential as the top three picks.
As I said earlier, there have been a lot of different articles regarding the Jazz’s opportunities to move up in this draft. However, after hearing what Ford had to say regarding the situation, fans shouldn’t get there hopes up.