Report: Marcus Smart refuses to work out for Utah Jazz

Friday June 20th, 2014

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is generating interest among teams picking at the top of the first round in next week's NBA draft. But Smart reportedly is making things more difficult for one of those teams -- the Utah Jazz -- to select him.

Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that the Jazz reached out to Smart's agent four times to try and schedule a workout, and were rebuffed each time. Smart can't do anything to actually prevent Utah from drafting him, but refusing to work out sends a strong message that he'd prefer not to play in Utah.

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Per the Tribune, Smart's camp is saying he won't work out for the Jazz because he wants to go in the top four -- possibly to the Orlando Magic. However, Smart has worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, who hold the seventh pick.

Smart averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in his sophomore season at Oklahoma State.

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