Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability are back.

He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target.
Sep 25 - 12:27 PM

The Jazz have signed free agent F Eric Dawson.

The 32-year-old forward spent last season in the Philippines and is basically just a training camp body for the Jazz. He has a total of four NBA games under his belt, all with the Spurs during the 2011-12 season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 11:18 AM

The Utah Jazz have officially signed Henry Sims.

It's just a training camp deal for Sims, but it's worth noting that the Jazz already have two capable centers in Rudy Gobert and Jeff Withey, while Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors will likely spend time at the five as well. Sims likely won't make the final roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 10:59 AM

George Hill said he isn't worried about his contract situation.

"I haven't really talked about that much with anyone," Hill said. "My whole focus is to come in here and be the best player that I can possibly be. I feel that the contract situation will work itself out, once you do that." Hill can walk as a free agent next summer and the Jazz won't have a lot of financial flexibility. The Jazz brought him in to mentor Dante Exum and he will be the starting PG on opening night, but his minutes are expected to take a hit in Utah with so much competition in the backcourt.
Sep 11 - 11:45 AM

Patrick Christopher will sign a deal with German Bundesliga club Bremerhaven.

The SG spent last season with the Iowa Energy in the D-League. Christopher has a total of four NBA games under his belt, but the 28-year-old will likely finish his career overseas.
Sep 10 - 9:29 AM

Henry Sims worked out for the Jazz on Friday.

The free agent center made 14 appearances for the Nets last season, averaging 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 42.9 percent shooting. The 26-year-old will likely just be looking for a camp invite, but the Jazz already have plenty of frontcourt depth. We'll let you know if anything materializes.
Sep 10 - 9:26 AM

Jeff Withey is expected to claim the 15th roster spot on the Utah Jazz.

Withey is coming off a solid season in Utah and is only on the books for a little over $1 million next season. Boris Diaw could spend some time at center behind Rudy Gobert, so Withey isn't a lock to be in the rotation.
Sep 9 - 1:45 PM

Bucks sign F J.J. O'Brien.

The Bucks have signed O'Brien to a camp deal, so there's no guarantee he'll make the team's final roster. Even if the 24-year-old is able to survive final cuts, he won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17.
Source: Real GM
Sep 8 - 1:31 PM

Quincy Ford has officially signed a partially-guaranteed deal with the Utah Jazz.

Ford will join the Jazz for training camp, but is expected to join Utah's D-League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. While Ford had a strong showing at summer league, he won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17.
Sep 8 - 10:02 AM

Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors "notched up the off-season work to a brand new level," according to Jazz play-by-play man David Locke.

Yes, it's a slow news day today, so that explains the Muscle Watch-esque update. Hayward does have some added competition for playing time with Joe Johnson coming over, Alec Burks (shoulder) set to return, and possibly more two-PG sets with Dante Exum and George Hill. However, Hayward will get major burn at the three and some added size this offseason should give him some minutes at power forward, so there is no playing time concern whatsoever. He's a fine pick in the early middle rounds.
Sep 7 - 6:01 PM

Dante Exum was getting some shots up at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Utah on Tuesday.

He declared himself healthy four weeks ago and was cleared for contact last month, as well. Exum did start 41 games in his rookie season back in 2014-15, but he wasn't involved in the offense with a tiny 14.1 usage rate. He's expected to run the point for the second unit, but Utah's depth makes him an unattractive flier in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 6 - 4:23 PM

If the Jazz extend a player this season "it will almost certainly be [Derrick] Favors," according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah GM Dennis Lindsey said that the trade sending Tibor Pleiss to the 76ers was "essentially [exchanging] future draft picks for more cap flexibility." The team is now roughly $12 million under the salary cap, with enough future cap space to lock up Favors and keep him off the market next summer. The 25-year-old was hampered by a back injury last year, but he still posted a career-high 16.4 points with 8.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Sep 4 - 10:46 PM

Gordon Hayward is expected to opt out of his contract after the 2016-17 season and hit free agency in search of a max contract, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Hayward could make substantially more money if he chooses this route, so this really doesn't come as any kind of surprise. It's too early to begin speculating on Hayward's future, but that won't keep his name out of rumors throughout the season. Just like in the past, other teams will undoubtedly call to inquire on Hayward, but it would be a great surprise if the Jazz seriously considered any deal.
Sep 3 - 4:10 PM

Kendall Marshall could be an option for the Wizards according to Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

John Wall is recovering from two offseason knee surgeries and Trey Burke has really struggled at the NBA level, so adding some depth at the point will likely be a priority for the Wizards this summer. They have invited Casper Ware to training camp, but Marshall would be an upgrade. If he does land in Washington, he would only have fantasy value if Wall is on the shelf.
Aug 28 - 12:09 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune expects Jeff Withey and Chris Johnson to battle for Utah's final roster spot.

Utah was reportedly "impressed by Withey last season, his defense, and his ability to step up when big men Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert missed significant time due to injury," so it certainly sounds as if he's got the early edge over Johnson. However, Withey is off the fantasy radar as long as he's playing behind Favors, Gobert, Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw.


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