Player News - Jazz

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Utah has reportedly made Trey Burke available via trade.

With George Hill, Dante Exum, Raul Neto and Shelvin Mack all on the roster, the Jazz are absolutely loaded at the point guard position, so it's not at all surprising to see this report. Utah could use an upgrade with regards to their backup small forward, so that's likely something they'll be looking to address should they unload some of their point guards. If the Pistons don't go after a big-name backup point guard, Burke could be an option for them.

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said he will not expedite Utah's timetable to contend in an artificial manner.

"I’m very comfortable with the number of returning players, the core that we have, the internal improvement in addition to some reasonable projections [for future success]," Lindsey said. "We’re not going to arbitrarily try to speed up the timeline or slow it down to be more process-oriented. Every season is quite unique. This (last) one was a little more disjointed." Acquiring George Hill for the No. 12 overall pick was a win-now type of move, so Utah should be expected to push for a playoff spot in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 9:36 AM

Trey Lyles will play in the summer league.

He showed some serious skill after the All-Star break and finished the season on a high note, averaging 12.9 points, 5.4 points, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 treys through seven appearances in April. Trevor Booker is a free agent, so Lyles will likely be the first big off Utah's bench next season. He's firmly on the radar in standard leagues and should already be owned in dynasty formats.
Jun 26 - 12:31 PM

The Jazz might look to trade Shelvin Mack, Trey Burke and/or Raul Neto this summer.

The Jazz have a serious logjam at point guard and this report makes sense because George Hill and Dante Exum (knee) will likely get the bulk of the PG minutes. The Jazz are still expected to exercise their player option on Mack for the 2016-17 season, but Mack likely has more trade value than both Burke and Neto. It's tough to imagine Mack having fantasy value if he stays in Utah.
Jun 26 - 11:23 AM

Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is expected to be healthy for training camp.

He had arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris in his left knee and ankle in early June, but it was said to be a minor procedure. Burks has had some tough luck with injuries in his career, and the addition of George Hill and return of Dante Exum (knee) from injury means that his minutes could take a hit next season.
Jun 26 - 11:18 AM

Olivier Hanlan will play for the Jazz during the summer league.

The former second round pick has one year left on his deal with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania, but the Jazz will be able to see how much his game has developed during the summer league. The Jazz have plenty of depth at guard anyways, so Hanlan is not on the fantasy radar.
Jun 26 - 10:36 AM

Quincy Ford has signed a three-year partially guaranteed deal with the Jazz.

The fifth-year senior out of Northeastern averaged 16.4 points, 7.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.2 treys. The Jazz like his ability to play both the three and four, and he could get a training camp invite if he plays well at the summer league.
Jun 26 - 10:27 AM

Joel Bolomboy said two of the Jazz coaches told him he was in a similar position to Paul Millsap.

Well, the coaches are somewhat right with Millsap also being a second-round power forward. Millsap was in a much better position for minutes, but the 2016 No. 47 pick is buried on the depth chart. Bolomboy is an athletic freak and also a quick healer in college, failing to miss a game after he separated his shoulder in 2013. We'll see what he can do in Summer League.
Jun 25 - 7:08 PM

The Jazz are not looking to trade Gordon Hayward according to Deseret News.

A report from hoopscritic.com indicated that Hayward is unhappy in Utah, but that has since been discredited. Hayward has been working out at Zions Bank Basketball Center every morning and a team source made it clear that there is nothing to the rumor. The Jazz still believe that Hayward is a major cornerstone and it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere despite rumored interest from the Celtics and the Suns.
Jun 25 - 10:47 AM

The Jazz selected Tyrone Wallace with the 60th pick in the NBA Draft.

Finally, we get to Mr. Irrelevant. The senior guard from Cal played 32.2 minutes per game, averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 treys. Wallace isn't a great shooter, making just 29.8 percent on his treys and 37.4 percent on two-point jumpers. He'll really need to work on that and has almost no chance to make the roster on the deep Jazz team.
Jun 24 - 12:19 AM

With the No. 55 pick the Jazz selected North Carolina PG Marcus Paige.

Utah acquired the pick along with cash in exchange for the No. 42 pick, which they sent to Brooklyn. Paige will vie for a spot in the rotation during Summer League and training camp, and we'll let you know if he succeeds. He's an impressive offensive talent but at just 164 pounds he'll need to bulk up considerably to finish around the rim in the NBA.
Jun 24 - 12:10 AM

The Jazz selected Joel Bolomboy with the 52nd pick on Thursday.

The Jazz traded away their draft picks with the George Hill trade and unloading a pick to the Nets earlier. Bolomboy is ripped at 6'9" and put up a 41-inch max vert at the combine. He's a decent shooter and attempted 1.8 attempts from three with a 34.0 three-point percentage from there. The Ukrainian big man is buried on the depth chart, though.
Jun 24 - 12:00 AM

Gordon Hayward has decided to not participate in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Hayward was given an invite, but ultimately he decided to opt out for "family reasons." Hayward has a baby on the way, and concerns over the Zika virus likely played a role in his decision.
Jun 23 - 4:45 PM

The Jazz declined an offer from the Suns for Gordon Hayward, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Hayward has appeared in trade rumors leading up to Thursday's draft and the latest has the Jazz declining an offer of Eric Bledsoe and one of the Suns lottery picks for the swingman. The 26-year-old's 2015-15 averages of 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 treys only returned fantasy owners top-60 value, but he should be able to break into the top-50 if he's traded to a team that plays at a faster pace.
Jun 23 - 11:17 AM

George Hill has been traded to the Jazz in Wednesday's three-team trade.

Jeff Teague heads to Indiana and the Hawks get the No. 12 pick. Hill did start at point guard, but he acted more like a shooting guard in the Pacers offense. He ranked first in the Eastern Conference for left corner treys while he was solid as an on-ball defender. He'll be in a similar role with the Jazz, but his playing time figures to drop with Dante Exum (knee) expected to be close to 100 percent for training camp. Hill has a very nice floor in fantasy, so he's still worth a look as a late-round target.
Jun 22 - 2:31 PM


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