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Published: Friday, June 27 2014 12:40 p.m. MDT

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Burley, ID

I'm a fan of what the Jazz did on draft too. They didn't get their top choice, but they got a couple of good draft picks that are going to help the team.

Detroit, MI

How do you get an overall A when you trade away a high 2nd rounder now for what will surely be a mid to low-2nd round pick 2 years from now. That's just plain stupid. A for the 5th, A for the 23rd, F minus for the 35th

Utah Valley Guy
Springville, UT

Hat tip to BioPowertrain - I thinking the draft was an A+ for Utah until I heard that they traded away one of the best rebounders in the draft, for what? A deferred 2nd round pick? They MUST have gotten cash or a handshake promise or something - otherwise, they're letting themselves be exploited because they're needy, I'd prefer to believe that they're getting a handshake promise for future consideration from the Grizzlies.

Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Valley Guy, I had the same thought the both of you had about the trade, I couldn't understand why they would do that, a deep draft like this you get good players in the second round, but most the time you don't. After thinking about it for a while, I came up with some thoughts that maybe they didn't want another guaranteed rookie contract, and maybe they combine that pick with others for a good player or a higher draft pick next year. There can be many reasons why they did this, and without knowing what they were thinking it's hard to know if it was smart or not. But I do trust Lindsey so far he's done very well in his first two drafts with the Jazz and there heading in a good direction, so I'm choosing to trust him and what he's doing.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

The best part about getting Exum is that the Lakers wanted him.

Roy, UT

Like others, I do not understand why the Jazz did not keep Stokes, their pick at 35. 15 pts., 10 rebounds, All-SEC team selection, Karl Malone look-a-like, maybe a game changer? Why trade him away? Would like an explanation on that one.

Captain L
Provo, UT

The Jazz didn't want another young rookie on this already young team, so they traded it to Memphis for a second round pick that Memphis owns that will be Boston's second round pick or Toronto's second round pick in 2016 which ever pick is the best . The Jazz have 9 players 23 or younger I think and that doesn't include players like Clark, Malcom Thomas, Garrett, or Murphy.

Alpine, UT

Regarding our 2nd round pick, Stokes...

As a 2nd round pick, there are no guaranteed contracts like in the 1st round. As such, they could've brought Stokes in and let him play in the summer league to see what he could do against higher level competition before deciding whether or not to give him a meaningful contract. Nothing to lose and possibly a lot to gain.

Stokes reminds me a lot of Paul Milsap. Both were NCAA rebounding champs... monsters on the boards. Both about the same size and weight and both taken in the 2nd round. I'd hate to think we may've passed on another Milsap with likely very little in return. That decision could come back to haunt them.

I'd really like to hear Lindsey's official explanation on their reasoning for passing on Stokes. He was one of only 2 guys in college to average a double-double last year... or so I've been told.

Morgan, UT

Now teach them how to bargain and trade their players...and not over pay for marginal talent.

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