The waiting may be the hardest part.
But when it comes to the NBA draft, it has become almost the only option.
“It’s a baseball draft,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said last week. “For the most part, teams are drafting on potential and for the future.”
That’s the reality facing the Utah Jazz this week.
General manager Dennis Lindsey is looking to build off the franchise’s most successful campaign in seven years, hoping to keep All-Star forward Gordon Hayward in Utah come July, and would love to see his team take the next step in its development.
The Jazz currently own four picks in Thursday’s draft (Nos. 24, 30, 42 and 55) and could use some of them to plug potential holes in the team’s roster, with Hayward, George Hill, Joe Ingles and Shelvin Mack all set to become free agents and with decisions to make on the non-guaranteed contracts of Boris Diaw and Raul Neto.
That might tempt some executives to look at older prospects, players who have spent multiple years in college, maturing and polishing their game.
Jazz officials, however, believe patience pays off.
“You’re looking for the best available player, who can maybe help our team next year, but who is …
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