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Utah Jazz: O'Connor downplays chances of pre-draft trade

Published June 16, 2012 12:26 pm

NBA • GM says with four recent lottery picks on board, he's not inclined to pay a steep price.
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Before heading home from Eurocamp 2012 in Treviso, Italy, on Wednesday, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor downplayed the possibility that he would make a trade prior to the NBA Draft on June 28.

The Jazz don't own a first-round pick so, barring a trade, Utah's only pick will come at No. 47 — more than halfway through the second round.

Six teams own a pair of first-round picks in the draft, which creates more trade talk than usual, O'Connor said.

Teams with two first-round picks are New Orleans (Nos. 1 and 10), Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 24), Portland (Nos. 6 and 11), Golden State (Nos. 8 and 30), Houston (Nos. 14 and 16) and Boston (Nos. 21 and 22).

Contacted in Italy, however, O'Connor said those teams are "going to be asking for the moon and the stars" from other teams wanting one of their first-round picks.

Referring to Utah's young nucleus of Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter, O'Connor said "... We've got four lottery picks from the last two years. So unless we find something we really like, we really don't want to disturb things too much."

O'Connor compared Eurocamp 2012 with the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago, except it showcases foreign players.

"There are a bunch of good players here — all draft-eligible age," O'Connor said. "Some of them are in the draft and some aren't. But it's been a good chance to see these guys."

With only the No. 47 pick at his disposal, O'Connor said bringing players to Utah for pre-draft workouts in the next two weeks is not a priority.

"We've tried do our homework early on guys," he said. "We've interviewed them. We've seen them play. The biggest thing is to be prepared on every level and I think we will be." —

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P June 28, 5 p.m.







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