The Jazz added Kevin Murphy.
And possibly Mo Williams.
Utah spent the initial four hours of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday quietly watching and waiting, then finally selected Murphy — a 6-foot-7, 185-pound shooting guard from Tennessee Tech — with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round.
"I’m just blessed to be picked," said the 22-year-old Murphy, who admires former second-round pick Paul Millsap but acknowledged all he knows about the state of Utah is it’s "up there in the mountains, somewhere."
The Jazz previously lost a potential first-round lottery pick to Golden State, which selected North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes at No. 7.
If Utah had received the pick, it could have taken Duke’s Austin Rivers, Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb, North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall and Washington’s Terrence Ross, all of whom were chosen soon after Barnes.
Instead, the Jazz’s lone addition was a small-college guard with a quick release whose statistics improved all four seasons.
"We just took the highest guy [on our draft board]," said O’Connor, at the Jazz’s draft party inside EnergySolutions Arena.
He added: "He’s an older player, he can make a shot, and he seems to be comfortable shooting off the dribble. I don’t want to pigeonhole the guy just as a shooter, because he can take it to the basket. … He’s a nice player. He’s got an opportunity to make the team. But it’s up to him."
During a draft Utah played little part in, Williams’ potential return to Salt Lake City dominated Jazz news.
Thursday afternoon, ESPN reported Utah had been brought into a stalled deal between Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers. The latter had eyed mercurial forward Lamar Odom all week, but had been unable to pry him from the Mavericks.
With the Jazz stepping in, Dallas was willing to shed Odom’s unstable personality and $8.2 million salary in exchange for Utah’s $10.8 million trade exception, which was acquired in the Mehmet Okur deal. In return, the Jazz would acquire Williams, who would agree to his one-year $8.5 million option with the Clippers before being shipped to SLC.Next Page »