Jazz Rumors: Lillard, Millsap, Howard

June 21 2012 at 1:57pm CDT By Luke Adams

The Jazz don't currently have a first-round pick in next week's draft, having sent their pick to the Timberwolves. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll stand idly by during draft night. According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Jazz have long coveted Weber State point guard Damian Lillard, and could consider trading up on draft night, depending on how far Lillard falls and what trade packages are available (Twitter links). Here are a few more Jazz updates from Smith:

  • Whether Lillard is selected by pick No. 8 will likely impact any attempt the Jazz make to move up to land him, tweets Smith.
  • Once the free agent period begins, Paul Millsap, who is entering the final year of his contract, will attempt to negotiate a contract extension with the team (Sulia link). The veteran forward likes Utah and hopes to reach an agreement to stay with the Jazz long-term.
  • Unrestricted free agent Josh Howard doesn't have an ideal destination in mind this summer. He'll be looking for the best fit, perhaps a team that will give him a chance to start, and hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning to the Jazz, as he tells Smith: "I'm still interested in the Jazz. They gave me the opportunity, so that's my loyalty to them, to see what they're going to say. But as far as being a free agent and being around the league for a while, I'll have to weigh my options and decide what's best for me at the end of the day."

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