We’re all kind of talking out of our ass when trying to predict what the FO is thinking...but Locke has been solid for nearly a decade at leaking this stuff so I trust the tea leaves there more than anything else. Certainly more than my own draft opinions or a rumor from Reddit.
I also think new ownership and Zanik promotion don’t change anything about the process. Walt Perrin leaving probably has real impact...who knows, maybe he was the one telling Locke everything.
Confirmed interviews and workouts are solid info too...I think we have a confirmed interview for Maxey and confirmed workout for Green. Don’t recall anyone else.
EDIT: We’ve had zoom interviews with Maledon, Maxey, Lewis, and Nesmith.
I also just don’t believe in any trade up scenario because we have nothing to trade. No seconds, no future firsts. We’re not trading anyone in the rotation. Bogey, O’Neale, Ingles etc are not being moved. I can guarantee that. All three have significantly more value to the Jazz than they do on the trade market. Conley deal doesn’t make sense in a trade up scenario because his only value is as an expiring contract. Buying a second, particularly past 50, is something I can see however.
I think McDaniels, Tyler Bey, Maledon, and Bane have been included in discussions just because they are close to us in mock drafts. If Locke had real intel on those guys, he’d be talking more about them. But maybe he just doesn’t have the intel this year. Would be surprised if we take one of them.
I’m operating under the mindset that it will be Green if he’s available, if not Woodard will be the pick. Slight chance of someone like Anthony or Maxey slipping and we could end up taking them. Green is the only player I like out of these four, so I’m hoping he’s there for us.