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The Jazz voted against changes that would have been made to the current draft lottery structure. Overall, the league needed 23 votes for the reform to pass, but received just 17.

Utah’s no vote actually has a chance to hurt the Jazz in June — especially if they were to win 35 or 40 games and finish just out of the playoffs. That could potentially deprive the franchise of adding a transcendent player to an already-talented core.

But for Utah execs, the reasoning is simple: At the end of the day, they’re still running a small-market team. And being loyal to those interests outweighed everything else.

“We looked at the long run, and how this may affect us and teams like us,” Lindsey said. “We think that we have a chance to outperform expectations. But we voted no because we were looking at the next 30 years — not now or in the short term.”

via Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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