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Report: Jazz turned down first-round pick for Marvin Williams

The Jazz stood pat at the trade deadline, but ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the team had a chance to pick up a first-round draft pick in exchange for Marvin Williams.

In his latest Tank Rank piece (which is behind a paywall), Ford writes that the Jazz had "several interesting offers" for Williams, including a chance at a late first-rounder, but declined to move him in hopes of re-signing him this summer.

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Williams, a nine-year veteran, is in the final season of his deal and is making $7.5 million. He's averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game and starting as a stretch-four for the Jazz, but he still stands to see a pay cut in free agency.

Ford's report is an interesting. General Manager Dennis Lindsey noted that at Thursday's deadline not a single first-rounder was moved, something he attributed to the new CBA and the "aura" of the 2014 draft.

The Jazz already hold two first round picks (their own and Golden State's) and a third would have certainly given them a better chance at packaging and moving up in the June draft.

But there are a few reasons the Jazz might have turned down such an offer:

• First of all, the front office and coaches love Williams. Ty Corbin has lauded his professionalism and effort all season. As the Jazz rebuild, Williams could be a nice piece both on the court, where he seems to be willing to play any role, and in the locker room, where he is one of the most vocal and respected Jazz men this season.

• Williams, while a veteran player, is still only 27 years old. He's just now in what most would consider an athlete's physical prime (though he's been dealing with soreness in his Achilles the last two years). The Jazz are developing their youth, but Williams could still fit in that plan. I asked Marvin about that last week and he said he would "love to be a part of" the team's future.

• As David Locke pointed out on Twitter, the Jazz would have had to take salary back in any deal, which might have cut into the team's flexibility.

What say you?

Would you have pulled the trigger on a deal?

— Aaron Falk



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