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Jazz trade up to draft Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz traded the 14th and 21st pick of the NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 9th overall pick, Michigan point guard Trey Burke. They also traded back into the first round to select French center Rudy Gobert.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz have their point guard of the future.

The Jazz traded the 14th and 21st overall picks of the NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 9th overall pick, Trey Burke.

Later in the first round, the Jazz made a trade with the Denver Nuggets to acquire 7-foot-1 French center Rudy Gobert.

Burke was the national player of the year, leading Michigan to the national championship game in 2013. He averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game as a sophomore for the Wolverines.

"I was very surprised," Burke said about the trade. "It was kind of a shocker. But once I found out I was in talks with a trade, it started making sense."

It made plenty of sense for the Jazz, who after July 1st, will not have a single point guard under contract. Burke likes the idea that he can come in and contribute immediately.

"I wanted to go somewhere where I had the opportunity to make an impact and play right away. Utah is a great fit for me. It's a young team that has a lot of talent and has a lot of hope of winning."

"We got fortunate, I think with the selections that went before us that allowed Minnesota to make the decision to move off the pick," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "We feel very fortunate tonight."

Burke, 20, left school after his sophomore season and was rated by many experts as the top point guard in the draft. He was not one of the 67 players to work out for the Jazz, but was impressed with the meeting he had with Jazz officials at the NBA Combine in Chicago.

"I had the opportunity to meet with coach Corbin and the whole staff in Chicago," Burke said. "I had the chance to let them know about me personally. I'm happy to be part of the Jazz family.

"I'm glad that they had the confidence in trading for me," Burke said. "It's an opportunity that I've been waiting on my whole life, and I'm just glad that a team like the Jazz has given me that opportunity."

Burke will team with Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter to give the Jazz a solid young nucleus for the future.

"I've never even been to Utah, but I've heard its a really nice [place]," Burke said. "I hear it's a really good city to start a family, and I definitely think that's the city that I need to start my professional career in."

Jazz fans hope it's a long career.

Utah wasn't done in the first round. 

The Jazz then traded the 46th overall pick and cash to the Nuggets for Rudy Gobert, the 27th overall selection.

The 7-1, 235-pound native of Saint Quentin, France averaged 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game for Cholet Basket of the French League in 2012-13 and was named a 2013 French Pro A All-Star. Gobert was also named to the U-20 European Championship Division A All-Tournament Team and selected as Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U-20 Best Center in 2012.

The 21-year-old Gobert owns a 7-9 wingspan.


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