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Utah Jazz trade No. 23 draft pick to New York Knicks

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New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

The Utah Jazz traded its No. 23 pick in the NBA draft to the New York Knicks, the team announced Wednesday.

In exchange, the Jazz got the No. 27 and No. 38 picks.

According to ESPN, the Knicks now have the No. 8 and No. 23 picks in Wednesday's draft. This will be the first draft for the team under new president of basketball operations Leon Rose.

The draft rights to 2008 second-round pick Ante Tomic, 33, who isn't expected to join the NBA, will also be sent from the Jazz to the Knicks, ESPN reports.

Jazz general manager Justin Zanik and executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey said last week they believe there is talent to be had in the back end of the first round.

"When we do multi-year analysis of drafts, we usually batch those numbers and there are typically very good players that go 20-30,” Lindsey told reporters. “No matter where you’re selecting your job is to select well. Sometimes that’s a role player. Sometimes that’s speculation in a young draft pick. The good news is there’s a lot of variety of prospects across all ranges. To me that’s what makes the pick interesting.”

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 5 p.m. MST.

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