SALT LAKE CITY -- Dennis Lindsey swung for the fences in his first draft with the Utah Jazz.
And the early returns say he hit a home run Thursday night.
The former San Antonio executive, who is coming up on his first anniversary as Utah's general manager, helped orchestrate a deal to bring an exciting young point guard to the Jazz with the No. 9 overall pick in the NBA draft.
Essentially, they sent the Nos. 14 and 21 picks (UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng respectively) to Minnesota for Michigan's Trey Burke, generally believed to be the best point guard in the draft.
Later, the Jazz traded the No. 46 overall pick and cash to Denver for the No. 27 pick, which they used to land 7-foot-2 Frenchman Rudy Gobert.
"We wanted to be aggressive," Lindsey said.
Indeed they were, making their biggest splash since moving up to get Deron Williams with the No. 3 overall pick in 2005.
As the initial picks were made, it became clear Burke, the 6-foot, 190-pound NCAA Player of the Year, might become available, Lindsey said.
"We're fortunate, sometimes the best-laid plans ... mother luck turns a different direction," he said. "We feel really fortunate tonight."
As a few surprise picks rocked the top part of the draft, Utah's executives were faced with three options: trade up, trade back or trade out of the first round.
They decided to make a play for Burke and scrambled to find a trade partner. Sitting with the No. 9 pick, the Timberwolves soon emerged and Lindsey and Co. quickly quickly capitalized.
Lindsey said he felt each team benefited from the deal.
"Certainly 14 and 21 are significant (picks)," he said. "We think Minnesota did well. Hopefully it'll work out in time where it's a win-win for us and Minnesota. Those are the best deals because then you always have a trade partner going forward. We're very comfortable with our selection."
Lindsey and head coach Tyrone Corbin appeared together at the Zions Bank Basketball Center after the first round concluded.
Lindsey humbly gave credit the credit to Corbin, saying he pushed Utah's executives to go after Burke.
"He's a winner," Corbin said.
On a night when everyone associated with the Jazz seemed especially pleased, Corbin said the credit back to Lindsey.
Although Lindsey wasn't alone in the decision-making process, this year's draft has his fingerprints all over it. The Jazz brought in more players for individual workouts than ever before, and even had a three-day mini camp for NBADL-level free agents.
By sifting through all that talent, the team covered all possible angles, Lindsey said.
Interestingly, Burke was one of the few who did not give the Jazz an individual workout. But they got a good look at him during the Chicago draft combine and liked what they saw.
In keeping with NBA rules, the Timberwolves drafted Burke and traded him to the Jazz, who in turn selected Muhammad with the No. 14 pick and Dieng with No. 21.
Denver took Gobert with the No. 27 pick. The Jazz completed that deal by sending the 46th pick and an undisclosed amount of money to the Nuggets.
The deal to bring Burke to Utah was immediately lauded by fans and media - national and local - on social media websites.
At one point, Jazz CEO Greg Miller posted a blurry, cell phone picture of Lindsey shortly after the trade went down.
Along with the picture, Miller wrote: "Good vibes in the war room tonight.
Lindsey was smiling broadly and appeared to be laughing.
Burke is expected to arrive in Salt Lake City later today.
"You always want to do good," Lindsey said. "Hopefully we did that today."