Jazz plan more NBA draft workouts; open to moving into first round
The Jazz are attempting to hold at least two more player workouts in Salt Lake City prior to the 2012 NBA Draft, which is scheduled June 28 in Newark, N.J.
Utah holds the No. 47 overall selection in the draft.
The organization is still in the process of finalizing details for its planned workouts, and the fact Utah isn't drafting until midway through the second round has somewhat tied its hands. Many NBA agents intentionally overvalue their clients during the buildup to the draft, and some are reluctant to allow their athletes to work out for a team that doesn't have a first-round pick.
With just 10 days remaining before draft day, Utah's only held one workout in SLC. The Jazz watched six players last Saturday, and Missouri guard Kim English was the only athlete expected to be drafted by the end of the second round.
Utah's next workout could occur by Friday. Yale center Greg Mangano and Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost have drawn interest from the Jazz and could be included in a future session.
Utah is prepared to move up in the draft and acquire a first-round pick if a favorable deal is presented. However, a draft some said could be the league's best since 2003 — a class that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony — doesn't look as strong as it did a year ago. As a result, the Jazz are equally prepared to try and steal a player at No. 47 — as they did with Mo Williams (2003) and Paul Millsap (2006) — and watch an athlete they rated higher than most teams quietly fall into their hands.
Brian T. Smith
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