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Utah Jazz at 2014 NBA Draft: If team stays at No. 5, Aaron Gordon may be target

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
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As the eve of the 2014 NBA Draft is now upon us, trade talk has hit a fever pitch and deals are beginning to be made. The Utah Jazz have been front and center at the biggest trade talk of all--or what to do to move up in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

But what if the Jazz aren’t able to move up in the NBA Draft Order to grab Kansas star Andrew Wiggins--the player the team reportedly covets the most--and are forced to keep their No. 5 pick?

The next player in line in terms of athletic ability and one in which the Jazz are interested according to an article published on Wednesday, June 25 is Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.

Gordon is a versatile 6-8 swingman who actually played point forward at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California before coming to Arizona where he played the three, averaging 12 points and eight rebounds.

If all the recent local news reports are to be believed, Gordon remains at or near the top of the Jazz draft wish list. In fact, there has been talk that the Jazz may be throwing out a smoke screen in order to get Gordon--and keep the Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings from moving up in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery to get him.

Gordon also participated in a private workout with the Jazz this week--making him the only lottery-bound prospect the Jazz have worked out twice. Whether that was because the Jazz staff wanted to make certain that Gordon’s first solid shooting exhibition in front of Jazz staff wasn’t a fluke, nobody will ever know.

What is certain is that NBA teams seem to know little about Gordon--who is only 18 years old yet has watched his draft stock drop because of a perceived weakness in his shooting ability--though the Jazz, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings appear to be hot on the case.

In what is the deepest draft class in years, there doesn’t seem to be much--if any--separation between the No. 3 and No. 10 picks. But Gordon has had some good workouts with NBA teams including the Jazz, Lakers and Kings and that has improved his draft stock in the past month.

Several mock drafts already believe Gordon is headed to the Jazz--including Newsday’s edition published on Wednesday. If Gordon does go before the Jazz pick at No. 5, it would be to Orlando at No. 4--or to any team that traded higher than No. 5.

Provided that Utah actually stays put in the NBA Draft Order, the Jazz appear to be the front runners for Gordon’s services. He is arguably a natural fit in Utah--considering his cousin, Tony Harvey, played for Rick Majerus at the University of Utah and still lives in the state.

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