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Through the years, the Utah Jazz have been notable as an organization willing to draft a prospect they haven't personally seen in a workout setting. In that vein, should a good player originally projected higher fall to No. 12 on Thursday night, the front office won't hesitate to call his name.
At the same time, when you look at the guys the Jazz have brought in, it's fair to wonder whether Utah is taking a serious look at trading down the first-round ladder.
The Jazz have worked out more than 100 prospects in the last two months. Deyonta Davis a big man out of Michigan State is the only one projected to be taken in the top 10, and his ceiling appears to be the Toronto Raptors, who hold the ninth pick.
There are multiple prospects in the No. 12 range the Jazz haven't been able to get in for a workout. People such as Kentucky's Skal Labissiere. People such as Utah's Jakob Poeltl. People such as Florida State's Malik Beasley, and Furkan Korkmaz, the athletic shooting guard out of Turkey.
Instead, the Jazz have brought in prospects headed for the edge of the lottery, at best. People such as Malachi Richardson from Syracuse and Washington's Dejounte Murray. So, if the Jazz are seriously thinking about trading down, they have plenty of insight and data to do so.
"I think we're still pretty wide open," Utah's VP of player personnel Walt Perrin said. "We've been on the phone quite a bit. I think we're still open to anything and everything. Whether that's to keep the pick, to trade up, to trade down or whatever."
As of Sunday, reports have surfaced about multiple teams trying to trade into the first round, or trying to trade higher into the first round. So, if the Jazz want to trade down, they will certainly have the opportunity to do so.
The question lies in motivation, and benefit. Teams such as the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets have multiple picks in the teens and 20s. The biggest needs for the Jazz are to add depth and shooting to a roster that is stocked with young talent through the first seven or eight guys in the rotation.
So it isn't difficult to imagine the Jazz trading No. 12 to move down and garner one more first round talent, if they could. Acquiring that needed depth in free agency seems to be a logical way to go, since the Jazz have tons of money in cap space.
However, free agency isn't a guarantee. With the cap expected to rise higher than ever, most teams in the league will have a significant amount of money to spend. And with Utah's reputation as typically an undesirable free agent destination, that isn't a route that can be 100 percent counted on.
So Utah could look to provide itself a bit of insurance by trading down. And in a deep draft, the Jazz could still come away with good talent. They have worked out several intriguing players who fit this bill. Murray and Richardson were two of the best, but their collective stocks have risen of late. The prevailing theory for Richardson a combination guard is he doesn't get past the Memphis Grizzlies at No. 17.
The Jazz have taken a good look at people such as Thon Maker from Canada and Denzel Valentine, the versatile wing out of Michigan State. Both players seem to be attainable later in the first round.
Heading into draft week, the Jazz are as open to multiple possibilities as they have been in recent history this deep into the process. If they do in fact decide to trade down, they could possibly even come out of the fray with a veteran in addition to swapping picks.
"With the number of guards, wings, bigs, and trade options, I think there are going to be a bunch of interesting things that we have to sort through," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. "We've been receiving interest. We're going to have some meetings this week. I think Wednesday is going to be a little more open-ended than I'm normally used to. It definitely has the chance to be a dynamic week."
• Domantas Sabonis, Deyonta Davis, Dejounte Murray and Malachi Richardson are players the Jazz have worked out who will be in the NBA draft green room on Thursday.
• The San Antonio Spurs and the Charlotte Hornets are teams reported to be attempting to move up in the draft.
• The Jazz hold the No. 12 pick in Thursday's draft.