|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The rich plan get richer, as Utah will use the New York Knicks' pick to select a big man as insurance for the injured Mehmet Okur and free agent power forward Carlos Boozer.
The Jazz must also make a decision on Kyle Korver, who set an NBA record for three-point percentage last season, and Andrei Kirilenko, a player who has underperformed the past few seasons.
Playoff teams rarely finds themselves drafting in the top 10 so its imperative the Jazz hit on this pick, No. 9 overall.
North Carolina power forward Ed Davis could be the heir apparent to Boozer and the new target for Deron Williams in Jerry Sloan's famous pick-and-roll offense.
Players under contract: G Sundiata Gaines; G/F Othyus Jeffers; F Andrei Kirilenko; C Kosta Koufos; F C.J. Miles; F/C Paul Millsap; C Mehmet Okur; G Ronnie Price; G Deron Williams
Free agents: C Kyrylo Fesenko (restricted); G Wesley Matthews (restricted); F Carlos Boozer (unrestricted); F/G Kyle Korver (unrestricted)
Draft picks: 1st round (9th overall), 2nd round (55th overall)