The NBA Draft season is one of the craziest times of the year for fans of the NBA. Teams in the rebuild process that are looking to add a piece that could potentially change the outlook of their franchise, have fans clinging to the edge of their seats wanting to know what might happen.
A good outlet for NBA fans to talk to someone who has a little bit of information on the NBA Draft, is over at ESPN.com, where they can chat with NBA ESPN Insiders like Chad Ford and John Goodman. Today, Goodman ran a chat talking NBA Draft, and I submitted a quick question to see what his thoughts were concerning the Utah Jazz.
Q. What is more likely to happen? The Jazz staying put with the fifth pick, trading up, or trading down?
The latest rumors have said that the Jazz are in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers to send Favors, the fifth pick, and either Alec Burks or a future unprotected first round pick to Cleveland, in exchange for the number one pick and Jarrett Jack.
Ford also had another trade scenario (not a rumor) last night in his mock draft, that would send the fifth pick (who he had as Randle), and Jazz point guard Trey Burke to the Milwaukee Bucks for the second overall pick (which was Jabari Parker).
The Jazz have been rumored almost daily to be in some kind of trade talk, and when a team has been in as many rumors as they have, and is rumored to be as active as the Jazz are, typically a deal gets done. However, if the Jazz are to stay put with the fifth pick, I believe they can get a high quality player to help the franchise.
In an interview with Spencer Checketts and Gordon Monson yesterday on 1280 The Zone, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated mentioned that this draft was extremely deep. In the interview he said that there will be players like Smart or Gordon that fall between five and eight and turn into All-Stars. “People will be thinking, how did these guys fall that far?”
If the Jazz stay put at five, the front office and fans alike will be hoping and praying that that’s the case.