Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Joel Bolomboy's $600,000 salary for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed, meaning that he will likely be the 15th man on Utah's roster.

The No. 52 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft recently inked his three-year deal with the Jazz, and his signing will likely result in Chris Johnson and Tibor Pleiss getting cut at the conclusion of training camp. Jeff Withey could also be a cut-candidate for the Jazz, but Pleiss seems a bit more likely to go as the Jazz have been "disappointed" with his performance in both games and practices. None of these guys are on the fantasy radar in any setting.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 24 - 12:54 PM

Jazz sign G Marcus Paige.

He played four years at UNC and was selected 55th in the 2016 NBA Draft. Paige wasn't very impressive in Summer League action and is going to be buried on the depth chart. He should get most of his playing time in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 5:55 PM

According to Andy Larsen of KSL.com, the Jazz have been disappointed with Tibor Pleiss' performance in both games and practices.

While Pleiss is on the books for $3 million next season, Larsen said that his chances of making the 15-man roster took a hit when the Jazz signed rookie Joel Bolomboy this week. Larsen also adds that Jeff Withey likely has an edge over Pleiss right now, so it sounds like he's probably going to be waived along with Chris Johnson.
Source: KSL.com
Aug 21 - 10:07 AM

Chris Johnson will likely be waived by the Jazz according to Andy Larsen of KSL.com.

The Jazz have 17 players under contract and Larsen adds that Joel Bolomboy, Tibor Pleiss, Jeff Withey and Johnson are all on the roster bubble. Given Utah's depth on the wings, this report makes sense.
Source: KSL.com
Aug 21 - 10:03 AM

Gordon Hayward said he skipped the Olympics because he wanted to focus on his offseason training.

"I want us to make the playoffs this year, and I’ve been training since May to help make that happen," Hayward said. "You miss a big chunk of that vital training time before camp when you go to do something like play in the Olympics, and it kind of changes up your routine. I want to be the best player I can be to get us to the playoffs. I want to be an All-Star this year." There was a report in June that the Jazz were looking to deal Hayward, but that has since been discredited. Hayward will play a key role for the Jazz and will be a solid mid-round pick.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 9:20 AM

Jazz sign F Joel Bolomboy.

It's likely a make-good contract for training camp, though Bolomboy has drawn praise from Utah's coaching staff for his work ethic and rapid improvement. That said, it's hard to see him making a roster that already includes Derrick Favors, Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 2:43 PM

Rudy Gobert didn't bring much to the stat sheet during Sunday's 100-97 loss to Team USA, scoring just six points on 3-of-5 shooting to go with five boards and two turnovers in 18 minutes.

As per usual, Gobert did some solid work on defense, but failed to bring much of anything on the offensive end. Gobert's offensive struggles and poor free throw shooting really weigh his value down in fantasy hoops, and he only managed to produce 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues after the break this past season with averages of 7.8 points, 11.5 boards, 1.9 swats and 2.0 turnovers per game. He should improve during his fourth NBA season, but he'll be a somewhat risky late-middle round target.
Aug 14 - 3:54 PM

Raul Neto did a whole lot of nothing in Brazil's 111-107 loss to Argentina on Saturday, finishing with three points, four assists and three turnovers on 0-of-4 shooting.

Neto is buried on Utah's reconfigured depth chart at the point guard position, so there really isn't a need to be targeting him on draft day.
Aug 13 - 4:00 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles emphasized that the Australian National Team is not going to back down from any opponent they face in the Olympics.

"The first-ranked team, or the 50th-ranked team, we’re going to play them the same way," he said. "We’re not intimidated, we’re not scared of anyone and we hope we get another crack at them. We’re a really good group of guys. We’ve played together. We’ve got a helluva roster and we can match up with any team here. We’re going to play the same way, no matter what, we’re going to do what we do."
Aug 13 - 2:53 PM

Rudy Gobert scored three points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against Serbia on Wednesday.

While the stat line is ugly, the French were at their best while Gobert was out there. He had a team-high plus-16 in his playing time thanks to protecting the paint against the slashing Serbian guards. Gobert's offense is still a major project, but his blocks and boards could make him a nice post-hype target in fantasy drafts.
Aug 10 - 3:27 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw filled the stat sheet in a win over Serbia on Wednesday, scoring 11 points with nine rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

His YMCA-type game usually translates very well in international competition and today was no different. The French ran a lot of offense through him today, especially in the high post. Diaw also had a good rapport with his new teammate Rudy Gobert. He won't have much fantasy value this year, though.
Aug 10 - 3:23 PM

Dante Exum said that he's now fully recovered from knee surgery.

Exum spent the entire 2015-16 season on the sidelines, but he was cleared for contact back in May, and it sounds like he'll come into training camp ready to go. However, with George Hill penciled in as Utah's starting point guard, Exum could have a tough time entering the standard league equation.
Aug 10 - 1:49 PM

Rudy Gobert blocked five shots against China on Monday, adding 10 points, eight rebounds and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

He was awesome on the defense end with his paint protection. On the other side of things, Gobert's offensive game still hasn't blossomed after a slight regression last NBA season. He's a possible bounce-back candidate in his age-24 season.
Aug 8 - 11:29 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw filled the stat sheet in France's 87-66 loss to Australia on Saturday with nine points, five boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting.

Diaw's versatility will blend well with his new Jazz team, but he's not going to be a recommended fantasy target so long as Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Trey Lyles are all healthy.
Aug 6 - 3:32 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles had four points, six assists and two steals in Australia's 87-66 win over France on Saturday.

Ingles is barely a bargain bin 3-point specialist in extremely deep fantasy leagues and nothing more.
Aug 6 - 3:09 PM


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