Utah Jazz trade with Denver Nuggets to acquire shooting guard Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell reacts after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

Jazz fans are hoping that the trade for Mitchell works out as well as their last draft-night deal with Denver; in 2013 the team bought the No. 27 pick from the Nuggets to select Rudy Gobert.

The offensive resurgence after posting just 7.4 points a night as a freshman bolstered his stock, especially since his three-point percentage improved from 25.0 to 35.4. "I don't think he has that same ceiling, but his talent is definitely worth (a pick at the end of the lottery or soon after)". He was named All-ACC Honorable Mention as a sophomore after averaging 13.2 points, a team-high 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Charlotte has reportedly locked in on Donovan Mitchell out of Louisville as its No. 11 selection. "Man, I love that organization", he told ESPN at draft headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mitchell really turned it on during conference season. Not only would he get to help out a team with playoff aspirations, but one that will give him plenty of chances to play. He was among the final top 30 candidates for the Naismith Trophy for college basketball player of the year. Hayward is expected to decline his player option and become a free agent and Hill will be an unrestricted free agent. Lyles disappointed in his second season in Utah, falling out of the rotation for long stretches and failing to develop in several key areas.

  • Julie Sanders