Utah Jazz notebook: Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson among six NBA hopefuls who'll work out for Jazz today
SALT LAKE CITY — University of Kentucky power forward Patrick Patterson headlines a group of six NBA Draft hopefuls scheduled to work out for the Jazz on Wednesday morning.
Patterson is a possible choice for the Jazz with their No. 9 overall selection in the June 24 draft, and according to ESPN.com, he's the fifth-best power forward prospect behind George Tech's Derrick Favors, Georgetown's Greg Monroe, North Carolina's Ed Davis and Baylor's Ekpe Udoh.
Favors is expected to be gone by the time the Jazz pick, but Monroe, Davis, Udoh and/or Patterson could all be there.
Other bigs the Jazz could consider at No. 9 — if they're still available — include centers Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Daniel Orton of Kentucky and Hassan Whiteside of Marshall.
Monroe worked out for the Jazz by himself last Friday.
On Sunday, they auditioned six prospects, including four perimeter players they also are believed to be strongly considering at 9: Wake Forest small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, Nevada forward Luke Babbitt, Butler swingman Gordon Hayward and Kansas shooting guard Xavier Henry.
Also scheduled to work out today are power forwards Larry Sanders of Virginia Commonwealth, Gani Lawal of Georgia Tech and Brit Ryan Richards, and point guards Jerome Randle of Cal and Jared Quayle of Utah State.
Sanders is a likely first-round selection and possible late-lottery pick, Lawal could go in the first round and Richards — who played last season in both Spain and Switzerland — is a second-round hopeful.
Randle also is a second-round hopeful, and Quayle isn't expected to be drafted.
HE WROTE IT: ESPN.com draft analyst Chad Ford, on the Jazz: "Monroe fits a big need if Carlos Boozer leaves this summer. Henry, Babbitt, Hayward and Aminu all fill a void left by Kyle Korver hitting free agency.
"From the sound of things, Monroe is still atop the Jazz's list. But it seems like Babbitt is strongly in the running, too. The Jazz have been higher on Babbitt than most all year. The rest of the league is playing catch-up to what Utah was saying in January."
FISHER'S FUTURE: For now, ex-Jazz guard Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers is busy with the NBA finals.
Once their series with the Boston Celtics is over, though, Fisher will be a free agent.
He's spent the overwhelming majority of his long NBA career with the Lakers and very much wants to stay in L.A.
As for the possibility of retirement, Fisher recently told the Los Angeles Daily News that while "I've given some thought to it because it's a reality of our business," his "plan is not to retire" and "the only thing that would change that would be physical limitations, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that."
Last weekend, though, Fisher clarified those remarks via his Twitter account, saying he wanted "to clear something up."
His tweet: "No way I'm contemplating retirement. Feeling amazing, no end in sight! Totally focused on Drive for 5 & beyond!"
AND FINALLY: The New York Post reported Tuesday that ex-Jazz point and current ESPN/ABC NBA television analyst Mark Jackson "met with (Atlanta) Hawks ownership after being interviewed initially by (general manager) Rick Sund and assistant GM David Pendergraft, who confided to staff members they were immensely impressed."
Jackson is a candidate for the Hawks' head coaching vacancy, with current Atlanta assistant Larry Drew and Dallas assistant Dwane Casey also considered top candidates.
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