It is now undeniable that the Utah Jazz have entered a serious rebuilding mode.
Over the last couple of months, the team has traded away its two biggest stars for a cache of players and future draft picks.
This is all part of a master plan from Jazz executive Danny Ainge, who has his eyes on the future of the team and is building something very special, slowly but surely.
Ainge knows that greatness lies ahead.
Speaking of next year’s NBA Draft, Ainge had nothing but great things to say.
Danny Ainge on 2023 NBA Draft: "I think it's better than 2022's. I don't know where it ranks historically. I think 2024 might be even better than 2023."
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) September 12, 2022
“I think it’s better than 2022’s. I don’t know where it ranks historically.”
He went on to comment on the draft that will come after that one, saying, “I think 2024 might be even better than 2023.”
How will Ainge and his Jazz fare in these drafts?
A Bright Future
The Jazz could be very busy in the 2023 draft.
They currently have three first-round picks.
They own one of them, they are part of a deal with the Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers for another (the Jazz will receive the least favorable of the first-round picks from those teams), and they have an unprotected pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves too.
But the Jazz could get even more before the new season begins.
Ainge has been a master at getting a lot for his players so there is a good chance the team could land more draft picks before tip-off next month.
It’s clear that the Jazz want to have a good regular season but they want to have an even better draft night.