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Q: Do the Jazz and any chance at moving up to grab Parker?! Please say yes! A: They have a lot of assets and I think they could tempt Cleveland if they threw together several of them into a package that rounded out this team. For instance ... what about a sign-and-trade that delivered Gordan Hayward and Enes Kanter -- fixes holes at both the three and the five long-term for the Cavs. Both are ready to go now. The question will be ... Hayward is a restricted free agent. Free agency doesn't start until after the draft. So the Cavs would have to take Jabari at 1 and then hope they could get Hayward to play along. Derrick Favors could also tempt them I'm told. But the Cavs would need another piece -- perhaps the 5th pick? ESPN.com

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March 1, 2014 Updates

Jazz CEO Greg Miller on the quiet Jazz trade deadline, and contentment with the team as constructed: “I’d say that this has been a very good developmental year. Going into the season, we stated openly our plan is to go young and develop the young guys into a championship contender. I think the development we’ve seen has been exactly what we’ve hoped for. And I’m happy with it.” CBSSports.com

February 19, 2014 Updates

Problem is, the Jazz have no interest in sending Hayward anywhere, a source told Sporting News this week. “They’ve made it clear they are going to let the year play out and go from there,” one rival general manager said. “They’re not out there trying to trade him at all.” Sporting News

The feeling among the league executives is that Hayward will be part of the team’s future—depending on how the draft lottery shakes out. If the Jazz target one of the top small forwards in the ’14 draft, like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, then Hayward could be expendable in a sign-and-trade. But that won’t be known until May, or even June. Hayward’s long-term future could be up in the air, then, but in the short term, he should remain in Utah. Sporting News

February 18, 2014 Updates

The Celtics have expressed some interest in acquiring Utah's Gordon Hayward, a league source tells CSNNE.com. Hayward, who starred for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens while at Butler, will become a restricted free agent this summer after he and the Jazz could not come to terms on an extension this past fall. CSNNE.com

It would appear the one thing that might nudge Utah towards giving serious thought to dealing Hayward, would be if the Celtics were willing to part with at least one of their stockpiled first-round picks. But two league sources, both having had recent conversations with the Celtics, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday that Boston is "very reluctant" to part with any of their first-round picks in facilitating a deal. CSNNE.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

The Nets are pretty much the opposite. Williams, the Nets’ biggest free agent signing since Vince Carter in 2007, has a unique perspective into the big market-small market debate, having played most of his career in Utah. “To me, it really wasn’t big market or small market. It was kind of my options (when I was a free agent). I got traded here. I don’t know if I would’ve looked here if I wasn’t traded here,” Williams told the Daily News. “For someone like (Durant), I think it makes a bigger difference because of the endorsements he’d command in a market like this. I mean, look at what he’s already doing in Oklahoma City. But at the same time, maybe he’s such a big name that it doesn’t matter where he’s at. If LeBron would’ve stayed in Cleveland, he still gets $150 (million) from Nike.” New York Daily News

Williams said the hardest part of playing for the Jazz was attracting free agents, although he noted that might be an issue exclusive to Utah. The Thunder drafted so well that it has to worry more about affording its own free agents, which is why OKC traded James Harden to the Rockets. “It’s hard to get free agents to come (to Utah) and play. ... People get a bad perception of Salt Lake City,” he said. “That’s what I was talking about. It’s not so much the size of the market. It’s the perception which is like, ‘Mormon, no fun.’” New York Daily News

January 9, 2014 Updates

Or, reasonably priced at $4 million this season, Rush could become one of the team’s best trade assets in the run up to the Feb. 20 deadline. A resurgence would certainly be beneficial to Rush, who is in the final year of his contract, though he says it’s not an issue he’s concerned about. "I don’t think about that at all," he said. "I just think about getting better every game, trying to help the team win and things will go from there. Two-thousand-fourteen will be a good year for me." Salt Lake Tribune

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Sam Amick: Two tidbits on Andrew Bynum situation that remains fluid: was told earlier tonight that Utah is not as much in the mix as others - plural. Twitter @sam_amick

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