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Report: Jazz considering adding Alec Burks, more first rounders to trade offer for No. 1 pick

Jun 23, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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The Jazz reportedly reported offered the No. 5 pick and Derrick Favors to the Cavaliers for the No. 1 pick.

With the Cavaliers getting their preference of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, they don’t want to drop all the way to No. 5 and select a second-tier prospect instead. Favors alone doesn’t justify that dropoff.

So, might Utah improve the offer?

Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone, via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

Burks, a lottery pick just three years ago, posted career highs across the board last season. But it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old will ever become even an average starter, and he’s due a new contract in 2015. He wouldn’t tip the scales for me.

In addition to their own first rounder (No. 5), the Jazz have the Warriors’ (No. 23) and Golden State’s in 2017. There’s definitely possibility to create an intriguing package with those and Utah’s own future picks.

But this really comes down to highly Cleveland rates their choice between Wiggins and Parker. Even a deal that looks decent on paper wouldn’t work if the Cavaliers are much higher on the draft’s top player than whomever they can get at No. 5 – and I wouldn’t bet on Joel Embiid falling that far, if that’s the plan.

Maybe, if Cleveland and Utah share the same preference at No. 1, the Cavaliers could draft that player then re-visit the trade when No. 5 comes up. Otherwise, the Jazz probably really need to add multiple other first rounders.

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  1. willardj - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    If that’s the best that Utah can do, then the Sixers can have the #1 pick if they really want it. They can offer #3 and Thad Young (who’s better than both Favors and Burks).

    • jeffkx - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Acquiring a 22 year old defensive stud 13/9 C/PF, a 14 ppg 22 year old SG, the #5 pick in a loaded draft and additional draft picks isn’t exactly a bad offer..getting the additional future 1sts would be a bonus in my view (as a Cavs fan) I get the feeling the Cavs would trade #5 and a few of our basket of 1sts for a really good veteran player..

      • willardj - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        The Cavs want to win now in order to keep Kyrie Irving. While Burks and Favors both will be good in the future, they have already proven that they can’t win if they are both in the starting lineup. Young is a proven winner who is widely recognized as a top pick and roll defender in the league.

        I think you’re correct in assuming that the Cavs would trade their top picks if that means getting a top player such as Kevin Love. However, they could easily get a good starter in Young while also getting the player they want (Embiid) by trading down to #3.

      • jeffkx - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Good points Willard..I still think it’s a good trade for the Cavs, especially if they can get a few more 1sts as the article suggests..I look at having the number 1 pick as a bonus..we should be talking about Aaron Gordon and Doug McDermott..but we’re now talking about getting Favors and the number 5 pick for a Godsend of a #1 pick..but if you’re right about Favors and Burks playing together then you can always bring Alec off the bench..

  2. Cortez>Sapp - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    The Sixers offer of #3, Thad Young and something else is better. They still pick in the top 3 and get another 15 ppg guy to put with Irving. Or they might as well stay at 1

  3. sumkat - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I’m not sure Cleveland is going to want to chance going back to 5, and not getting any of the “top tier” prospects, assuming Embiid doesn’t get to 5, and it’s looking less and less like he will even with the injury. I’m not saying the Jazz can’t get it done, but if Favors, Burke, 5 and 23 don’t get it done, seems a little steep to me.

    Going by that, my guess is that regardless of their offer, if the Sixers and Magic also want the pick, they are going to go back to them with a “can you beat this?” call. If they get the Sixers pick, they get whoever they want not named Wiggins or Parker (and if they were in love with them, all this trade talk probably wouldn’t be going on), and with the Magic, they either get a crack at Exum or Embiid.

    It just seems like the Cavs want to add pieces, but still get one of the guys they consider to be the cream of this draft. If that’s their goal, and they don’t think they can get one of those guys at 5, I don’t know that the Jazz have the pieces to give them without being clearly swindled in the deal

  4. csbanter - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Can’t take this seriously the teaser reported the Jazz were offering Al Jefferson, eh hem I think Mr. Jefferson plays for the Hornets. SMH@probasketballtalk

    • JMClarkent - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Ok, ok… they’ll also throw in Paul Milsap. FINAL OFFER!

      • paleihe - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Jeff Hornacek as an expiring contract. Cavs would love it.

      • jeffkx - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I’m a Cavs fan and I get the feeling David Griffin would hold out for Karl Malone..

    • jeffkx - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Just as an example..article published at 5:58pm tonight still has belief spelled beleife..come on PBT!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        It’s not realism, it’s impressionism.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Bulls 2 first rd picks
    Taj gibson n snell for first rd pick

  6. jkirby317 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    The Jazz really want Parker because he is good and Mormon. It makes sense.

    • jeffkx - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      I think I read Utah is 62% Mormon..they would love Parker out there! Seems like a good kid too..

      • jkirby317 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        It would make sense… more sense than the name Jazz in Utah.

  7. loungefly74 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    These offers should only get sweeter and sweeter closer to the deadline.

  8. campcouch - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    uh no.

    • jeffkx - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      for which team?

      • campcouch - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Utah. Cleveland doesn’t need another PF or developing SG, they need a SF. Utah would lose two players and possibly 2 draft picks. Even with Parker or Wiggins,the Jazz may be in the lottery at least one more year. Same with Cleveland, but the Cavs will have that first round pick along with their own. That’s a lot for a draft class with no clear cut favorite. Then again it’s all about who Utah wants and if they want to pay that price and Cleveland accepts. So be it.

  9. kerby720 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Utah can gladly trade the Lakers Favors, Burks, and the 23rd for our 7th and Nash. We’ll take it.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      Helllllllll naaaaaw!!!!!!!! Emphatically.

  10. kb2408 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    If Jabari doesn’t want to go to Cleveland, I doubt he wants any parts of Utah.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      He’s Mormon. That’s their Mecca.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      KB in the corner with his dunce cap on…..AGAIN!

  11. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    We don’t know what ANY teams have really offered. A lot of smoke screens. I have read about a possible two or three dozen different trade scenarios. We all have to wait but it’s fun talking about it.

  12. hackatomjones - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    All this talk of trading bona fide player and high draft picks for the No. 1 is crazy if you ask me, especially for Embiid who is already damaged goods. I think you people are brain dead.

    • sumkat - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Who is looking to trade up and pick Embiid #1? SOMEONE is brain dead

  13. saint1997 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Jazz looking to add their Mormon boy Parker! They want a sure scoring star – it’s a good fit (especially if they keep Hayward)

  14. phaktor333 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The Cavs, with a foreign coach used to coaching veteran students of the game, better find a way to get veterans on the roster. The combination of a new, inexperienced coach and entitled young players in a player’s league is a sure fire recipe to seeing the Cavs back in the lottery AGAIN next season. The Clippers, Kings, Nets etc of the 90’s-early 2000’s have proven that a roster full of young high first round picks do not succeed without capable, star quality veterans at key positions. Trade the pick. LBJ is a once in a lifetime talent and he left; the fans will come back when the team wins…do not try and replicate that experience. If the Cavs want to players wearing the organization’s jersey during the nightly ESPN dunk highlight reels, go ahead and pick the individual. If it wants to win and compete long term, trade the pick…the David Stern reward gravy train for losing LBJ will probably end this season.

  15. hahapapa - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Can not offer that much for a number 1. Burks is a lightning bolt for the Jazz. They don’t even know for sure if Hayward is coming back. Lots of fine young talent , no need to tear it all up already.

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