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Monson: Snooze of a draft night leaves the Jazz with work to do

Day of 47 proves to be real snooze

By Gordon Monson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jun 28 2012 10:12 pm • Last Updated Jul 14 2012 05:06 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Is it over yet?

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One by one, the picks dragged off the NBA Draft board Thursday night and, speaking of bored, that’s what everyone assembled at EnergySolutions Arena was. Halfway through the deliberate drip, one Jazz employee asked if somebody, anybody, would please, mercifully, hit him in the forehead with a board.

No, it wasn’t Kevin O’Connor.

It was someone who wished he were O’Connor.

For the Jazz, the 2012 draft was never certain to bring much. No matter how many propagandists tried to keep people’s attention riveted on the prospects of the Jazz grabbing something useful with their solitary scheduled pick at No. 47, only the desperate could keep hope alive with that.

Good thing, because it never fully came, not even after guard Kevin Murphy was selected by O’Connor four hours in.

Who?

K-e-v-i-n M-u-r-p-h-y. He’s a 6-foot-7 guard who scored 20 points a game last season for Tennessee Tech. He did once drop 50 points on Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. How he’ll do against the Lakers is another matter.

"I’m excited to come," Murphy said, afterward. "I feel like I’ll be all right."


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The Jazz had beaten the odds deep in the second round before, but to believe they did it again here, scouring through eight-inch rough on the edge of being out of bounds to find their wayward Titleist, was a mighty stretch.

Instead, the Jazz, who were aggressive in trying to get something bigger done, without success, worked a three-team deal that included the Clippers and Dallas. The Mavs would send Lamar Odom to L.A. and get $8.5 million of the Jazz’s $10 million trade exception, and Utah would get Mo Williams, once he opted in on the last year of his deal.

If he opts in.

By the end of the night, nobody was yet sure whether Williams would agree to return here. Ironically, he was the Jazz’s 47th pick in the 2003 draft, and slipped away later when he signed a second-round offer sheet with Milwaukee.

O’Connor said letting that happen was his biggest mistake running the Jazz. Now, he and the rest of management hope to get him back.

"I like Mo," Ty Corbin said. "He’s a tremendous talent. ... And he has a lot left in the tank."

Said Jeff Hornacek: "You can always use shooters."

The Jazz need shooters, and Williams is that.

Still, there were the other peach-cobbler-in-the-sky possibilities.

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