Utah Jazz trade 14th and 21st picks for Michigan point guard Trey Burke in blockbuster move
Depending on what the Jazz do in free agency, Thursday's moves could be signs the organization is moving into its youth movement. To wit, the Jazz's potential starting lineup in 2013-14 could be something to the effect of Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Enes Kanter — all of whom are 23 years old or younger.
With at least six roster spots available — and up to eight — Lindsey said the Jazz still need to get more shooting and veteran leadership to help the young guys grow.
Overall, the Jazz are quite pleased with the results of this draft. Lindsey said they considered moving up, moving down and moving out of a draft that many experts consider to be lackluster.
"We were looking at getting as many good players as we could," Lindsey said.
And the Jazz believe they ended up with two guys who fall into that category.
Corbin credited Burke for leading Michigan to the NCAA national championship game.
"He's a winner," Corbin said. "He's a true, true competitor. He fits our culture. We're excited to get him here." The day after Utah's season ended in April, Lindsey mentioned multiple times that the organization was willing to do something "bold" to build a championship-contending team for the future. If not bold, these moves showed that the organization is trying to set its future course.
Interestingly, Burke was not one of the 70 players the Jazz brought into Zions Bank Basketball Center since the middle of May for pre-draft workouts.
Burke is a 6-foot, 190-pounder who left Michigan after his sophomore season. In two years, he averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He was a 44.7-percent shooter in catch-and-shoot situations, and his pull-up jump shot has drawn comparisons with NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard.
Gobert, who did attend one of the tryout sessions in Utah, averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds for Cholet this past season. The 7-foot-1 big man has an impressive 7-foot-9 wingspan.
The center, who turned 21 on Wednesday, played for the French U-20 national team in 2011-12. Corbin said the Jazz like his "size and athletic ability."
Lindsey said the Jazz hope to have him play this season, but there is a buyout with his French team and he'd have to receive official clearance from FIBA.
It's not known if that will happen before the Jazz participate in their Orlando Pro Summer League the second week of July. Corbin said that Burke, Burks and Kevin Murphy will be among Utah's players on the summer league team.
The Jazz picked UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad at No. 14 and Senegal center Gorgui Dieng at 21 for the T-Wolves. They then drafted Virginia Tech guard Erick Green at No. 46 for Denver.
By drafting a big man, it seems more likely that the Jazz would not pursue re-signing both center Al Jefferson and power forward Paul Millsap, although it's not out of the realm of possibility that Utah would want to bring one back.
They'll turn their full attention on free agency now that they have this draft behind them — and a potential starting point guard on the roster.
"You get a guy like Trey," Corbin said, "and it certainly puts you in a position you weren't in before the draft."
DeseretNews.com senior web sports writer Matt Petersen contributed to this report.
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