Apr 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) keeps the ball from Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) in the third quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Utah Jazz Can't Trade Up?

There has been a rumor floating around the NBA Draft that the Utah Jazz are interested in making  a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire the number one overall pick. Rumors also say that the Jazz have made an offer to Cleveland for that pick.

As everyone probably already knows, the summary of that trade looks like this:

Jazz receive: 1st pick, Jarrett Jack

Cavaliers receive: Derrick Favors, Alec Burks/future unprotected 1st round pick, 5th pick

When you ask Jazz fans about this trade, there is a lot of mixed reaction. Some believe that if you have the opportunity to trade up and grab a franchise player, you make the trade. Others believe that if you do that trade, the Jazz are giving up too much for an unproven player.

According to David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz, says that it might not even matter. In an interview with 1280 The Zone on Wednesday, Locke mentioned that the Jazz can’t make it happen.

I talked to an NBA executive today and asked him, theoretically, what Jazz assets would you put together to convince Cleveland to do a trade? He played around with it and thought about it for a minute before he finally told me….can’t do it.

This kind of puts into perspective a little bit that we, as fans, might value guys like Favors and Burks a lot more than the rest of the league does. Maybe there isn’t as big of a market for these guys as we think there should be. We know that there is a ton of potential there with those two players, but the fact that other NBA teams don’t feel the same way is somewhat surprising to me.

The Jazz are rumored to wanting to trade up and draft either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. In the same interview with David Locke, he talked about what the future could hold for those two guys.

An NBA Scout told me today when I asked him how good Parker and Wiggins could be, and he told me that neither guy would be a top 10 player in this league.

David saying this might also come as a shock to some people because a lot of fans believe that both of those players can actually be just that, top 10 players in the future.

Basically what I got out of this interview with David, is that as fans, we think a completely different way than a lot of the executives and scouts in the NBA. In some ways, I don’t necessarily agree with them. I think that Favors and Burks have a lot of value being as young and talented as they are. I also think Parker and Wiggins will be very close to being a top 10 player. Maybe that is just me, but I believe that.

If you listen to the interview, from what David’s sources tell him, it seems like the Jazz won’t be making a trade with the Cavaliers.

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