• The Jazz traded up in the first round to select Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, sending Trey Lyles and the 24th pick to the Nuggets.

    Mitchell profiles as a 3 & D combo guard from the get go, and this could go a long way towards settling Utah’s long-term solution in the backcourt. They’ve been connected to plenty of point guards this offseason and it appears they don’t love Dante Exum as much as they once did. Mitchell has been knocked for some questionable decision making but the Jazz have a smart coach and a veteran roster to help him work through those growing pains. He dropped 15.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Cardinals last year. For now he’ll simply be asked to leverage his athleticism on defense while providing occasional relief for the team’s primary ballhanders, so don’t expect much in fantasyland. The Nuggets get a potential power forward of the future in Lyles, who never got a great shake with the Jazz. He had a promising rookie season but saw his minutes cut and production decline as a sophomore. He can pull down rebounds and stretch the floor in a pinch and seems like a decent fit alongside Nikola Jokic. It shouldn’t affect Denver’s quest to re-sign Danilo Gallinari, either.

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