Nov 20, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans point guard Tyreke Evans (1) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) ad power forward Derrick Favors (15) defend during the fourth quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Jazz 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Should Utah Jazz consider a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans?


During the week leading up to the NBA Draft, we hear a lot of things about teams in the draft. For those teams that do not own a pick in the draft, things on their front seem to be a little quieter. However, for a team like the New Orleans Pelicans who don’t draft a player this year, they are wanting to move into the first round. Should the Utah Jazz consider something with them?

The Jazz currently own the 5th, 23rd, and 35th pick in the NBA Draft. With the first of their three picks, the Jazz are not interested in moving it and giving it to the Pelicans. Only way that happens is if Anthony Davis comes to Utah, and that isn’t happening anytime soon. The 23rd pick is a little more interesting. The Jazz have a roster that is already nearly full, and adding more than one rookie to the roster is something that doesn’t seem likely.

If the Jazz could send the 23rd pick, and possibly even the 35th pick to a team like the Pelicans, what could they get out of it? Depending on which route the Jazz decide to go with their first selection, there could be a couple different possibilities that could happen.

If the Jazz select a big man with their first selection, they may be looking for a shooting guard or small forward. When you look at what the Pelicans will have on their roster after the free agency period begins, they don’t have much there. However, two guys that jump out are Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans. With Gordon, you are unsure if you should pick trading for him because of his history with injuries. With Evans, he is making less money than Gordon, and has a history of playing very well against the Jazz. He had a solid year in New Orleans, averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.

If Utah decides to select a guy like Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, or possibly even Joel Embiid with the fifth pick, I wouldn’t be opposed to the Jazz sending the 23rd pick and the 35th pick to the Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans get into the draft, and the Jazz get a swingman that can do a little bit of everything and can fill a void if the Jazz end up not being able to re-sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.

On the other hand, if Utah decides to select a guy like Marcus Smart, Dante Exum, or possibly even trade up to land Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker (considering they wouldn’t have to include the 23rd pick to do so), they could be looking for a big man to come to Utah when it gets closer to the 23rd pick. Again, considering this after free agency begins, there will be a lot of pieces gone. However, the Jazz could go after a guy like Ryan Anderson. He fits what new Jazz head coach, Quin Snyder, is wanting to do. Snyder wants to find a big man that can stretch the floor and hit outside shots. Anderson is one of the best in the league at that position.

Either of these moves would be better than the Jazz keeping the picks and drafting another rookie. If the Jazz keep the picks, there is little chance that the players selected at 23 and 35 actually even make the team. Instead of doing that, the Jazz should try and get some value out of them and trade them.

The Pelicans are extremely interested in moving into the first round. The Jazz have been quite active reportedly in making a trade in the draft. If they don’t trade up with their first selection, a trade like this would be something that could be very beneficial for the team.

Tags: Eric Gordon Gordon Hayward NBA NBA Draft Ryan Anderson Tyreke Evans Utah Jazz

  • Patrick Mitchell

    You won’t get Tyreke. He’s one of our core 4, AD, Ryan Anderson, Evans, Holiday. We’ll totally give you Eric Gordon though, lol

  • Crusty Favre

    What a ridiculous article. The Jazz will not get Tyreke Evans or Ryan Anderson. Those two are the core players and for this writer to say that the Pelicans have nothing on their roster considering the numerous injuries it had to the major players and a poor head coach, the Pelicans finished with a better oveall record than the Jazz. If having Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, and Eric Gordon is not having a roster than the Jazz need to look at their roster because before tonight’s draft, their roster doesn’t look impressive either.

    • T Kendall Watson

      Settle down Crusty, the Pelicans just got Asik and he’s not what you think he is. However, I agree with one point this deal is not and should not happen. Why would the Jazz want Evans, he’s a ball hog and can’t play off the ball, that’s the same problem that they have with Alec Burks right now. If they wanted Ryan Anderson so bad, they would’ve made a bigger push for him when they were in a bidding war the first time around when he the Pelicans traded for him. This is a ridiculous article and the same goes for your reply.

      • Crusty Favre

        Senior T,
        Where did I state that Asik is a difference maker? All I said is that he’s one of the better players currently on the Pelicans roster and also the fact that currently the Pelicans roster is better than the Jazz’s roster when all the players are healthy. You obviously don’t know basketball because your description of Tyreke Evans was back in his days in Sacramento when he did what ever he wanted. For the Pelicans he actually played defense for a change and definitely dished out quit a few of assists this past season. I guarantee you just about any NBA team currently wouldn’t mind having Ryan Anderson on their roster. You want to talk basketball with me, come back when you catch up on what currently went on last season and come back with a creditable response.

        • T Kendall Watson

          Crusty are you kidding me. I don’t know basketball. I will give the Pelicans one thing, Anthony Davis is legit, but the rest of the roster are average role players. You talk about Ryan Anderson as if he actually plays defense, which we both know he doesn’t and he’s the reason that Davis fouls out periodically. There’s a reason why Ryan Anderson was traded my friend. The Pelicans best bet would’ve been to hang onto Nerlens Noel, but as they always do, they fouled that up. When I watched the Pelicans draft Noel last year my first thought was “damn, they’re going to be hard to deal with in the paint,” but they screwed that up by trading for a shoot first point guard instead. Tyreke Evans is who he has always been, but I must admit with some shame that I did watch a couple of Pelicans games last year (please don’t tell anyone) and Tyreke is who he is and always will be, “A BALL HOG, that takes untimely shots out of the rotation sending Anthony Davis to the rim trying to get a rebound or a put back and miraculously Davis is actually good at it. Crusty, your knowledge of the game is flawed my friends, but I won’t hold it against you because you know not of what you speak. Get your game up before you just spew things out that you know nothing about.