SALT LAKE CITY — There is a perceived cutoff after the top two 2010 NBA draft prospects, Kentucky point guard John Wall and Ohio State shooting guard Evan Turner.
From Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors and Kentucky big DeMarcus Cousins on down, however, however far the next group goes is a matter of opinion.
And it is with that in mind that Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor did not rule out Tuesday the possibility that Utah will try to trade up in next month's NBA draft.
Not that doing so would be easy, suggested O'Connor, who did deal up from No. 6 to No. 3 to acquire point guard Deron Williams in 2005.
"What's it gonna cost you, and are teams willing to do it?" O'Connor asked. "Because some teams — no matter what you say — are not willing to do it."
If they aren't able to trade up, the Jazz will pick ninth in the June 24 draft — something they learned after Tuesday night's NBA draft lottery.
LONG LIST: ESPN.com's Chad Ford has Jazz starting power forward Carlos Boozer ranked sixth on his list of likely unrestricted free agents, behind Cleveland's LeBron James, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Toronto's Chris Bosh, Phoenix's Amar'e Stoudemire and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, but ahead of Atlanta's Joe Johnson, New York's David Lee, Cleveland's Shaquille O'Neal and Boston's Ray Allen.40 comments on this story
WRITES FORD: "Boozer had another good season for Utah, but his future there is very much in doubt. The Jazz paid a lot of money to (backup) Paul Millsap and it's doubtful that they can afford to keep Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur and Boozer."
Memphis' Rudy Gay tops Ford's list of restricted free agents, following in the top five by Charlotte's Tyrus Thomas, Houston's Luis Scola, ex-Jazz starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer of Memphis and former Atlanta Hawk/current Greek Leaguer Josh Childress.
MISC.: According to the Newark Star-Ledger, one-time Jazz lottery pick Kris Humphries — partly because so many power forwards will be available in the NBA's free-agency market this season — is expected to opt in for the final year and $3.2 million of his current contract with the New Jersey Nets. … At least 10 teams have called to schedule workouts out with draft-prospect and University of Alabama-Birmingham product Elijah Millsap, Paul Millsap's younger brother. … After Tuesday's NBA draft lottery, O'Connor now heads to Chicago for the league's annual pre-draft prospects camp.