One week from tomorrow, Utah Jazz fans will be glued to their televisions for the 2014 NBA Draft. With so many different stories and rumors about what teams potentially could be wanting to do, the NBA Draft could be crazy this year.
For the Utah Jazz, they own three total picks in this year’s NBA Draft. Currently, they sit with the fifth overall pick, the 23rd overall pick, and they hold the 35th pick in the second round. Will they actually use all three of these picks?
The Jazz went 25-57 last season, and a big part of why that record was they way it was, was because of youth and inexperience. This season could prove to be no different in the age department. The main Jazz players who are entering free agency consist of Gordon Hayward (restricted), Richard Jefferson (unrestricted), Brandon Rush (unrestricted), and Marvin Williams (unrestricted). The majority of the rumors coming from the Jazz front, however, point to the Jazz bringing back Hayward.
For this article’s sake, lets plan on Hayward being back on the books, while the other three are gone. Before free agency, if the Jazz use all three draft picks and put them on the roster, they wouldn’t be able to add any free agents. That all is assuming that they pick up the second year options on players like Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, Ian Clark, and Diante Garrett.
The Jazz will use the first draft pick, but the next two picks they own, don’t be surprised that they trade them away. If they do use them, it’s not guaranteed that the Jazz will even sign them. My guess is that the Jazz only keep the guy they draft at five, decide not to pick up the option on Murphy, Thomas, and possibly even Clark. That will give them more room to sign some veteran free agents, and that is something this young team will desperately need next season.