Utah Jazz notebook: Utah could find 'no takers' in bid to move up in draft

Published: Thursday, June 24 2010 11:00 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz wanted, and tried, to move up in Thursday's NBA Draft.

No such luck.

"We tried very, very hard to trade up, and there were no takers," general manager Kevin O'Connor said. "We talked to numerous teams.

"We had a couple chips ... and there just weren't any takers. I think everybody felt very comfortable with where they were."

None of the eight teams above Utah traded out of their position on draft night.

If the Jazz traded up, it would have been to take a big. Instead, they selected Butler swingman Gordon Hayward at No. 9. O'Connor also said Utah had offers to move down from nine, but none was sufficiently enticing.

NOT NOW: O'Connor wouldn't address how the Hayward selection would impact Utah's willingness to re-sign backup shooting guard Kyle Korver, an unrestricted free agent.

"I will talk about that some other time," he said.

MILLSAP UNDRAFTED: Utah considered taking him in the second round, but Alabama-Birmingham shooting guard Elijah Millsap — Jazz power forward Paul Millsap's younger brother — didn't get drafted.

"Once we got (Hayward) then (Millsap) comes off the board a little bit," O'Connor said. "You don't want to put him in a situation where he maybe can't make the team ... with the numbers we have."

CORBIN TO CLIPPERS?: Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin and ex-Jazz point guard Mark Jackson "possibly" are candidates for the Clippers' head coaching vacancy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"That's the first I've heard," said Corbin, who added that no contact has been made yet and no interview has been scheduled.

The Times cited unidentified "league sources who were not authorized to speak publicly" in reporting that the "the Clippers are interested in Dallas assistant coach Dwane Casey, former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson, former Minnesota executive and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale, and possibly ESPN's Jackson, who played for the Clippers, and Corbin."

Corbin, 47, earlier this offseason was among several candidates to interview for the New Orleans Hornets' job that went to Portland assistant Monty Williams. In previous offseasons, he's interviewed for vacancies in Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle (now Oklahoma City).

The longtime Jazz assistant and ex-Jazz forward never has been an NBA head coach.

The Clippers are not among the nine teams Corbin played for during his 15-season NBA career, but he'd consider coaching them.

"You have to entertain the thought, see, but who knows?" he said, "We'll see where it goes."

BOOZER BABBLE: Citing an unidentified "source with knowledge of the selection," ESPN.com reported before the draft that New Jersey would take Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors over Syracuse small forward Wesley Johnson at No. 3 — which it did — "because they are not guaranteed to get a power forward such as Utah's Carlos Boozer, Toronto's Chris Bosh or Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire in free agency."

ESPN.com initially reported Wednesday that the Nets would take Johnson because they thought it would help them land Boozer. The two employ the same agent. Later Wednesday, though, the website refuted its own report. The Nets are expected to pursue Boozer anyway when free-agency shopping opens next week.

MISC.: The Jazz have learned that reserve big man Kosta Koufos will play for their summer-league team in Orlando next month but forego joining Greece's national team in preparations for the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Turkey. ... The Jazz's original 2010 first-round draft choice was traded to Philadelphia as part of a deal that brought Korver to Utah, then was later traded to Minnesota. ... University of Utah forward Kim Tillie didn't get drafted. He worked out for the Jazz, Chicago and Milwaukee and plans to play next season in his native France.

e-mail: tbuckley@desnews.com

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company