There has been a lot of talk among Utah Jazz fans within the past few days regarding trade talk in the NBA Draft. The conversation got started when the rumor broke that the Jazz were attempting to trade up to the number one pick in the draft. After a tweet came out today, there is a chance that the Jazz might not have to give up so much to trade up.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 21, 2014
In the report, Ken Berger of CBS Sports had this to say regarding why Jabari Parker is the choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With Joel Embiid’s foot surgery, and the reported 4-6 month recovery that comes with it, the Cavs are said to be leaning toward Duke’s Jabari Parker with the No. 1 pick. Parker is more NBA-ready than Andrew Wiggins, who would go to the Bucks at No. 2. Rival executives believe it would be out of character for Cleveland GM David Griffin to trade the top pick, and believe Bucks GM John Hammond would be hard-pressed to deviate from the other consensus top player in the draft after Embiid’s injury shook up the top of the lottery.
This news could impact what the Utah Jazz are wanting to do in this draft. The report yesterday stated that while the Jazz have the desire to trade up, the target is Andrew Wiggins, not Parker.
If Parker ends up going number one overall to Cleveland, the Jazz would then be on the phone with the Milwaukee Bucks who may be a little easier to trade with.
To get to the number two overall pick, the Jazz would need to make their offer attractive, however, they might not have to include Derrick Favors. There is a chance that if the Jazz were to offer the number five pick, the number 23 pick, and the 2017 Golden State Warriors first round pick, that may be enough to entice the Bucks to move back.
The closer we get to draft night, the more I am looking towards the Jazz making a move. Last year on draft night, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey surprised us all by trading up to draft Trey Burke. Can he pull off a trade two years in a row and surprise Jazz nation once again?