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Report: Jazz considering adding Alec Burks, more first rounders to trade offer for No. 1 pick


The Jazz reportedly reported offered the No. 5 pick and Derrick Favors to the Cavaliers for the No. 1 pick.

With the Cavaliers getting their preference of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, they don’t want to drop all the way to No. 5 and select a second-tier prospect instead. Favors alone doesn’t justify that dropoff.

So, might Utah improve the offer?

Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone, via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

Burks, a lottery pick just three years ago, posted career highs across the board last season. But it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old will ever become even an average starter, and he’s due a new contract in 2015. He wouldn’t tip the scales for me.

In addition to their own first rounder (No. 5), the Jazz have the Warriors’ (No. 23) and Golden State’s in 2017. There’s definitely possibility to create an intriguing package with those and Utah’s own future picks.

But this really comes down to highly Cleveland rates their choice between Wiggins and Parker. Even a deal that looks decent on paper wouldn’t work if the Cavaliers are much higher on the draft’s top player than whomever they can get at No. 5 – and I wouldn’t bet on Joel Embiid falling that far, if that’s the plan.

Maybe, if Cleveland and Utah share the same preference at No. 1, the Cavaliers could draft that player then re-visit the trade when No. 5 comes up. Otherwise, the Jazz probably really need to add multiple other first rounders.

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PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.