Derrick Favors

Workouts used as a strategy to manipulate NBA draft position

Being a lottery pick and getting guaranteed money was not enticement enough for some players to work out for the Utah Jazz.

The team sent out invitations, but several players expected to go early in Thursday night's NBA draft declined.

The Jazz were snubbed, no question. But they are not alone. As part of the process to find the ideal situation for their clients, agents withhold players from workouts.

There's a risk/reward factor for a player not to showcase his talents to as many teams as possible — unless you're early round locks like Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Nonetheless, the Jazz — who had a lottery pick before trading out of the first round on...