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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 2:30 p.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Its beginning to sound like Joel Embiid is turning into the Greg Oden of this year's draft. He may drop out of the top five. Will Parker move up to #1? Maybe - but its hard to see him beating out Wiggins unless Utah somehow moves up to the top spot.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

Man, I would take Embiid with the 5th pick if he was missing a foot. He could be another Oden with injury problems but I still think it's worth taking a chance. I heard his back seems to be just fine and assuming the foot heals normally he would be a beast for the Jazz.

Vegas POV
Las Vegas, NV

Sports radio in Vegas is saying Embiid will still be drafted in the top five. I say "Remember Curtis Borchardt"

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

The Jazz should wait until after the surgery before making a decision on him. The surgery is tomorrow. I wonder, though, if they can get a real prognosis or would his agent play down a serious injury so as he would be drafted as high as possible. May be worth a chance for the Jazz if he is still available at 5.

Or the Jazz may try to work up - give their 5 and 23 for the 1 or 2. One of the top 5 teams has a 10 and 3 2nd round picks - can-t remember if it is Cleveland or Milwaukee. Whoever it is may be willing to give up their higher pick for our 5 and 23, as they would still have their 10 and 3 2nd round picks.

Interesting development for sure.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

"Man, I would take Embiid with the 5th pick if he was missing a foot." - Americanvet

Wow! He must be one amazing basketball player to take him even if he was missing a foot. :O)

@panamadesnews

It's the Philadelphia 76ers that have 7 picks in this year's draft. I'm certain we will see them involved in a number of draft day trades.

stevebob
Farmington, UT

Remember Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Curtis Borchard, Yao Ming, Greg Oden, etc. Once big men show a pattern of injuries they generally can't play. Embiid might be the exception but his recent stress fractures indicate the possibility, if not the likelihood, that there will be many more. The Jazz need a player, not a patient.

EPoint
Roy, UT

Jabari Parker is maybe not a good fit for Utah, is he really better than Gordon Hayward, whom we already have as an all around, do everything player? A crystal ball or knowledge of the future is needed to make the best pick, someone who is getting no attention right now will rise up and be the best pick of 2014 draft. A great point guard to back up as well as play a lot of minutes is on my wish list, as well as a fiery, shot blocking, show stopping defender in the paint.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ EPoint:

The Jazz don't really "have" Gordon Hayward anymore. He's officially listed as a restricted free agent, which means the Jazz have the right to match any offer he receives. But if some team makes him an unrealistic offer, the Jazz will likely pass.

When the Jazz were offering a contract extension to Hayward, the 2 sides never even got close during the negotiations. As such, Hayward's overall status with the Jazz is very questionable... especially since his shooting percentage last year was terrible. All things considered, it wouldn't be surprising to see them draft a replacement for him.

More times than not, the Jazz come up with an unexpected surprise pick on draft night... just as they did when they drafted Hayward. Quite often that surprise works out quite well. It will be very interesting to see what they come up with next week with their 3 picks. They've undoubtedly already done their due diligence homework which would include a sliding plan scenario.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Latest news floating around is that the Jazz are trying to trade Favors and the #5 pick to Cleveland in order to move up to #1.

Bold move for sure.

Personally I believe Embid is easily the #1 pick but is injury status has sure thrown a wrench into that no doubt. There are a list of guys have ended their careers early or not really even got started but there are some who overcome it and play well. Jordan had a stress fracture.

Embid would be tough to pass up at 5 because I think he is a franchise-changing player.

It will be interesting to see if the Jazz can pull a deal to move up or if they have to stand pat at #5.

arod
Ogden, UT

If the Jazz think it is likely they will lose Hayward to free agency, then shouldn't he be the obvious trade bait for draft upgrades? I don't know the inside scoop on the Hayward negotiations, but it seemed like $50 million was a lot to offer and he wasn't interested. Just because Hayward is one of the better players on the Jazz doesn't make him worth $70 million dollars. So I hate to lose him and get nothing in return. Is he of any value on draft night?????

Ksl wrote an article saying the Jazz should trade Favors and #5 pick for Parker at #1. That is like trading Favors and Vonleh for Parker. I wouldn't. I might be willing to give up both first round picks to move up---or even all 3 picks to move up. The Jazz need a long term nucleus, and that seems hard to obtain these days for a small market franchise. I don't know if Parker can be a franchise player, and he may or may not even want to stay in Utah, but he could probably replace Hayward if management is betting they can't afford him.

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