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Jazz GM O’Connor says team will not tank for pick

Apr 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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From the AP:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Conspiracy theorists might think the Utah Jazz have an interesting dilemma Friday night against Golden State.

A Utah win will knock the Warriors farther down the standings while keeping the Jazz within striking distance of postseason play – scenarios that could leave the Jazz going from two possible lottery picks in June to none.

Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor doesn’t care.

He wants the win.

Here’s the Jazz’s dilemma: if the Warriors finish with one of the 7 worst records in the league this season, the Jazz get their 1st-round pick, which was included in last year’s Deron Williams trade. If the Warriors don’t finish with one of the 8 worst records in the league, the Jazz will get their pick either next season or the season after.

On top of that, if the Jazz make the playoffs, they lose the pick they got from Minnesota as part of the trade that sent Al Jefferson to Utah.

Golden State currently has the 9th-worst record in the league but have been fading fast, and the Jazz are currently a game and a half away from the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Let’s see:

    Lose a few games and earn the rights to not one but TWO lottery picks.

    OR

    Win a few games, make an early exit from the playoffs. and lose 2 lottery picks that could help build for the future.

    If I’m a Jazz fan I’m telling the GM he’s an idiot if he seriously wants to win.

    • tubal22 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Agreed. San Antonio did it to get Duncan, and they’re still well respected. Why not Utah?

  2. bearsandjazz - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Jazz fan here….. I gotta hand it to Kevin O’conner, he’s put a decent team on the court and they have great potential. They’ve lost 18 games by less than 5 points ,There’s a good nucleus with real talent…some we haven’t seen in a while. The team plays hard for their coach and fans and I just dont see them tanking it. You can just tell they hate losing, they dont have that Bobcats or Wizards mentality were they just want the season to be over. Each loss matters to them. BUT without a doubt they need a young point guard in order to get better so even 1 draft pick would be nice but no it’s not worth losing when your so close to at the very least getting playoff experience….and noone wants to being lumped together with the poor teams!

  3. rooney24 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    “from the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.”

    Pretty sure the Jazz are still in the West.

    If the Jazz lose the pick for making the playoffs, does it go back to Minnesota? I was of the impression that they Wolves would not have a first round pick this year, no matter what. Might that change?

  4. ckeehr - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    The Wolves owe the Clippers their #1 pick this year from the Cassell/Jaric trade. That pick got traded to the Hornets in the Paul trade. So the Wolves lose their pick no matter what. The Jazz owe the Timberwolves their 1st round pick if they are not in the lottery. If they make the lottery the Wolves get like a second round pick next year or something stupid like that.

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