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Jazz hold first pre-draft workouts since NBA Lottery

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz worked out six players Friday, including Louisville's Luke Hancock, UCLA's Travis Wear and Iowa State's DeAndre Kane.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Four weeks away from the NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz held their first workouts since the NBA Lottery, when it was determined the Jazz owned the 5th pick. 

"Now I've got an idea of who we can get in and who we might not be able to get in," said vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin. "The agents have kind of held the players back in terms of scheduling up until the lottery. Now, they're setting up schedules for their players."

While the top players, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embid and Jabari Parker are not expected to work out for the Jazz specifically, potential #5 picks like Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and Noah Vonleh are expected to visit Salt Lake sometime soon.

Friday's workouts were about potential second round picks like Louisville's Luke Hancock, UCLA's Travis Wear and Iowa State's DeAndre Kane, who all got a kick out of playing in front of former Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan.

"Ya, seeing a Hall of Fame coach in the stands is very exciting," said Wear.

"That was cool," said Hancock. "I wasn't expecting that. Just awesome seeing him in the stands watching me work out."

"I shook his hand, so that was cool," said Kane.

There could be a couple conflicts of interest if the Jazz draft Hancock or Kane. Hancock's Louisville team beat Jazz point guard Trey Burke's Michigan team to win the national title in 2013. Would there be a problem playing together?

"I don't have a problem," Hancock said with a smile. "There's no denying that Trey Burke is an unbelievable player. I'd love to play alongside him here."

As for Kane, he was kicked out of a game at BYU last December for an intentional foul on Cougar center Eric Mika. 

"Oh ya, that was a great game, man," Kane said. "I poked a guy in the eye and got ejected. If they don't want me to come here, then I'll have to apologize or write a sorry letter or something."

Then again, Utah fans would love him.

It's been almost six weeks since Tyrone Corbin's contract wasn't renewed. While there have been several rumored candidates like Quin Snyder, Adrian Griffen, Alvin Gentry and Jim Boylen, Perrin wasn't giving any clues.

When asked if he could sum up how the coaching search is going, Perrin said, "No, I can't do that."

When asked to give one word about the search, Perrin said with a laugh, "Ongoing."


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