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On Saturday, the NBA playoffs begin and will run through at least mid-June (the NBA Finals begin on June 6), but since the Utah Jazz aren’t participating in postseason play, I thought it would be a good idea to remind Jazz fans what dates they should be paying attention to as the offseason unwinds.

NBA draft lottery — May 12

The Jazz will have the eighth-best odds in the upcoming draft lottery with a top-10 protected pick. That means they have a 26.3% chance of landing a top-four draft pick and a 6% chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick. There is also a very small chance that three teams jump in front of the Jazz in the lottery, knocking them out and sending the pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NBA combine — May 12-19

The incoming class of draft prospects will be descending on Chicago and going through strength and agility drills as well as group workouts, scrimmages and private workouts and interviews with most of the NBA’s front office representatives.

I’ll be in Chicago to catch up with the Jazz brass and coaches and to interview multiple players taking part in the combine workouts so I can bring you the most thorough coverage as the draft nears.

2024 NBA draft — June 26-27

For the first time, the NBA draft will be held over two days, with the first round on June 26 and the second round on June 27.

In addition to whatever happens for the Jazz in the lottery and barring any trades that could mix things up, the Jazz will also have the 29th pick (acquired in the deal that sent Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji to the Toronto Raptors) and the 32nd pick (acquired in the deal that sent Simone Fontecchio to the Detroit Pistons).

Free agency — June 30

Negotiations with free agents from other teams can begin at 4 p.m. MDT. While there are trades that will happen before this date, including on draft night, free agency and what transpires after June 30 will dictate much of what can happen through the trade market.

Utah Jazz reveal plans for a stacked Summer League roster

Summer League — July 8-10 & July 12-22

Salt Lake City Summer League will run July 8-10 and Las Vegas Summer League will take place July 12-22.

The SLC showcase will feature players from the Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies. In Vegas, players from all 30 teams will be showcased.

The Jazz have said that the expectation is to have the majority of its young players participate, including Walker Kessler, Taylor Hendricks, Keyonte George and Brice Sensabaugh, along with some two-way players and candidates and incoming rookies.

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Quote of the week

“We’re ready to roll. We’re ready to go big-game hunting.” — Jazz CEO Danny Ainge

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Extra points

  • Lauri Markkanen is a hockey fan ‘free agent’ and is excited about the NHL coming to Utah (Deseret News)
  • That’s a wrap on the Utah Jazz’s 2023-24 season. Will hunger be enough to propel them? (Deseret News)
  • Avery Bradley joining Utah Jazz front office as VP of player development (Deseret News)
  • From spiked shoes to generational gifts, some of the Utah Jazz players’ first NBA purchases (

Around the league

Ryan Smith, co-founder and chairman of Smith Entertainment Group, Ashley Smith, co-founder of Smith Entertainment Group, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman join together at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City to announce that the NHL would be coming to Utah on Friday, April 18, 2024. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News