Reading the headline of this article alone would make a lot of Utah Jazz fans gasp. However, with the NBA Draft coming up one week from today, a lot of NBA Draft rumors have been floating around, and earlier this week, another rumor involving the Jazz came about.
The Jazz are rumored to be wanting to trade up at least to the number two overall pick, in hopes of drafting one of the top talents. To be able to do that would cost the Jazz a hefty price, and according to Chad Ford of ESPN, that could include a package around Derrick Favors.
Q: How much do you think the Jazz would be willing to give up for the second spot to likely land Parker?
Chad Ford: I think it would cost them, at a minimum, Derrick Favors and the No. 5 pick. And they’d have to take back Larry Sanders. The Sanders contract isn’t a bad one if you think this year’s issues off the court have been resolved. He’s a great shot blocker and rebounder. But that’s a pretty high cost to move up.
Sanders had some off the court issues last season that made him seem a bit like a nutcase. However, as Ford pointed out, when he plays hard, he truly is a great shot blocker and a fantastic rebounder. If he can keep his head on his shoulders, he is actually a very good player. However, I am not sure if Jazz fans would rather have Sanders over Favors. Although, in ways, they sometimes look like similar players. I would still give the leg up to Derrick, though.
Also part of Ford’s chat, he was asked another question regarding the Jazz’s focus. As Jazz fans, we’ve liked and wanted Jabari Parker for quite some time, most of Jazz fans anyways. However, have we looked past some of the other talent?
Q: Any truth to the rumor that the Jazz have zeroed in on Jabari?
Chad Ford: I know what Jazz fans want. They want Jabari. But I actually think Embiid and Wiggins may be higher on their boards. If they move up, don’t assume it’s for Parker. And please Jazz fans, don’t burn down Dennis Lindsay’s home if he passed on him. You’ll love Wiggins too.
I’m a big fan of Parker, but I also think that Andrew Wiggins can be a future All-Star in the NBA. The big difference between Parker and Wiggins, is that Wiggins is a much better defensive player, which would actually fit into what the Jazz are trying to do better than Parker. However, Philadelphia is rumored to try and do anything possible to land Wiggins, so if you want him, you’ll have to beat them to the punch.