Reports: Utah Jazz talking about Patrick Beverley trade, active in trying to move up in draft
The buzz around the league has been for a while that momentum has Gordon Hayward leaving Utah this summer as a free agent. That’s not set in stone, however, and the Jazz are not going quietly into that good night.
They are being very active in the run-up to Thursday night, and a team known for not allowing leaks has seen some things get out about how hard they are pushing. For example, with it likely George Hill is gone as a free agent this summer, they are looking at Patrick Beverley to replace him, reports Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.
The Jazz are continuing talks on Patrick Beverley, I'm told. Jazz also have another point guard on the radar— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) June 22, 2017
Jazz are making a real effort to trade for another point guard— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) June 22, 2017
That is not the only activity going on, the Jazz want to move up in the draft to land some shooting, reports Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.
The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" in Derrick Favors, according to sources.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 22, 2017
Utah isn't looking to trade Derrick Favors, but he's certainly not off limits.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 22, 2017
Ideally, the Jazz hope to package their first-round picks — plus another asset (or two?) — and move up into the 12-17 range, per sources.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 22, 2017
Utah is not an organization that is going to do anything rash, they are not going to overpay. If they end up making their multiple picks at the end of the first round, they will bring them into one of the best player development programs in the league and see what happens.
However, if they can do something that shows Hayward they will do what it takes, they will. Genessy says the Jazz are “pretty comfortable” that Hayward will return. Much of the rest of the league sees it differently, but only one person knows for sure and his mind is not made up on the issue.
All the Jazz can do is remind him how committed they are to him, and draft night moves could help that.