NBA Rumors: Jazz, Lillard, Bulls, Draft

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Despite finishing with the best record in the league this season, the Jazz were still unable to get past the second round, which has many people wondering where the organization stands heading into the summer, especially with Mike Conley set to be a free agent.

The Jazz are eager to deal Derrick Favors and the remaining $20 million on his contract, and are open to moving Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Joe Ingles if that can get them a significant upgrade in the offseason, according to Matt Moore of Action Network.

However, two executives denied any of those rumors this week, saying that they plan to “run it back” with the same core that got them the league’s best record, per Moore.

With all the information given to Moore, he believes the Jazz will stand pat. However, he warns that things could change quickly if Conley leaves in free agency.

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  • Damian Lillard recently denied requesting a trade from the Trail Blazers, but Lillard expressed that he still doesn’t feel the team as a whole isn’t ready to seriously contend for a title. With CJ McCollum the only piece outside of Lillard that has any significant trade value on their roster, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated believes that Portland will never be able to build the team Lillard desires.

  • The Bulls are looking for a point guard, and some of the names that have popped up on their radar include Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schroder, and Lonzo Ball, according to Moore. Chicago particularly wants a playmaking guard to fill in next to Zach LaVine.

  • Jalen Green and his camp prefers Houston as their next destination, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. The Rockets are also said to prefer him over Evan Mobley with the second pick in the draft. Woo likens Green’s game to Devin Booker‘s.

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