NBA draft: Utah Jazz have big decisions to make as draft day arrives
The biggest thing he'll — they'll — keep in mind while evaluating whether to move around in the draft and while deciding which players to pick?
That, Lindsey pointed out, is simply "value proposition."
In other words, the deal has to be right for the Jazz. Same goes when it comes time to finalize a potential player selection. That's why Utah fans shouldn't be surprised if the Jazz go big in the final lottery spot (No. 14) and/or with their second first-round choice that they get via the 2011 Deron Williams deal (No. 21).
"We're going to take the best long-term value," Lindsey said. "If it's not a point guard then we feel like we can address our point guard needs through free agency and trade. We're not going to force it."
While this particular draft has been ripped to shreds for lacking star-power talent, it certainly isn't lacking size. Ten players who seem bound for the first round are between 6-11 and 7-2, including Nerlens Noel (6-11), Alex Len (7-1), Cody Zeller (7-0), Steven Adams (7-0), Lucas Nogueira (6-11), Gorgui Dieng (6-11), Kelly Olynyk (7-0), Jeff Withey (7-0), Rudy Gobert (7-2) and Mason Plumlee (7-0).
"I think there's an inordinate amount of bigs that are really big," Lindsey said.
The Jazz would need one or two more post players if the team doesn't end up with Jefferson or Millsap back in the fold next season, so don't be surprised if the franchise goes that direction.
Lindsey also described this group of NBA hopefuls as being "a solid point guard class," which bodes well for a team that currently has zero under contract past June 30.
Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum are considered by many to be the cream of this crop, but Dennis Schroeder, Michael Carter-Williams, Shane Larkin, Erick Green, Nate Wolters, Isaiah Canaan, Lorenzo Brown, Pierre Jackson, Myck Kabongo and Peyton Siva are among the other possibilities where the Jazz will be picking.
There aren't as many upper-echelon shooting guards and small forwards in this draft, but Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Ben McLemore, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Sergey Karasev are high on most mock draft boards.
Lindsey seemed intrigued by a few unnamed "good wings that we anticipate could be taken before we select."
If they don't make a move, the Jazz still believe they can draft a couple of players who could potentially be regular rotation guys.
"We are happy to select the spots we're at," Lindsey said.
Which raises an interesting question that many in Jazzland are wondering.
Who gets to make the final decision in the Jazz's war room tonight? The new GM? His experienced predecessor? Fans and/or mock draft experts? A Magic 8 Ball?
"Ownership has final say," Lindsey said. "They'll put their stamp of approval on it or they won't."
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