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

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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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Jazz boost international bona fides with new minor-league coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Martin Schiller has been named coach of the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s NBA G League affiliate.

Schiller previously served as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany and replaces Dean Cooper. He was an assistant coach for the Artland Dragons from 2010-15.

Schiller has also been an assistant coach on the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen.

Schiller hails from Vienna, Austria, and Stars vice president of basketball operations Bart Taylor lauded him for his international experience and player development background.

The Jazz organization is known to have close relationships with the international basketball community. The Jazz currently have eight international players.

Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 with Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.

The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.

In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.

 

PBT Extra: Cavaliers’ new GM aces first big test with Kyrie Irving trade

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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.

New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.

That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.

First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.

Cavaliers-Celtics deal first offseason trade involving players who just met in NBA Finals or conference finals

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The Cavaliers and Celtics played in last year’s Eastern Conference finals. The teams were widely expected to meet there again.

Yet, Cleveland and Boston just completed a blockbuster trade – Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.

That seemed odd.

In fact, it’s unprecedented.

That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron Jamescachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.

Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.