Judging by the development of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, the Jazz's trade of Deron Williams is working out well.
But the deal is not as good as it could or should have been, thanks to Golden State's shenanigans and the Jazz's lack of luck in Wednesday's NBA Draft lottery. Golden State gets to keep the No. 7 pick in next month's draft, via the conditions of the Jazz's trade with New Jersey in February 2011.
Actually, the worst news of the night from a Jazz perspective is that New Orleans, a Western Conference rival, jumped into the No. 1 spot. That will enable the Hornets to draft Kentucky forward Anthony Davis. Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor's biggest fear about the lottery was that a West team would get that pick. "Because I know who No. 1 is," O'Connor said during the Jazz's interview sessions that followed their playoff exit.