Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Alec Burks admitted that he tried to return too soon from his leg injury this season.

"I don’t think the leg was ready," Burks said. "It was bittersweet because I couldn’t play like I usually play and I couldn’t do the things I’m accustomed to doing. I thought I was ready to play, but game speed and practice speed is totally different and I found out I couldn’t contribute like I thought I could." Burks has had some tough luck with injuries in his five seasons in the NBA and he regressed in nearly every category this year. Hopefully the 24-year-old SG can find a way to stay healthy next season.
Apr 30 - 12:40 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood said that he wants to strengthen his body this offseason and improve his ball-handling.

Hood also said earlier in April that he's going to work on getting to the free throw line more next season, and he's already planning to get back on the court during the first week of May to begin training. Hood could develop into a stud in Utah and he is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting.
Apr 30 - 11:48 AM

Rudy Gobert won't play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics this summer.

"This season I had several injuries, so Jazz want me to stay in Salt Lake in June to work on my body," Gobert said. He did add that he will play in Rio if France qualifies, but it makes sense for the big man to get as much rest as possible after battling knee and ankle issues this season. He will be a bounce-back candidate for the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: Sportando
Apr 29 - 2:14 PM

Trevor Booker said that he would like to re-sign with the Jazz.

"I would definitely love to stay," Booker said. "But I know it's a business. I'm not sure what's going to happen. I know other teams are interested, but I would definitely love to stay. You never know." Booker will be a free agent this summer and he would likely lose minutes if he stayed in Utah due to the emergence of Trey Lyles, so a move away from the Jazz would probably be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Apr 15 - 10:49 AM

Dante Exum (torn left ACL) is expected to be cleared for contact in June.

He's be cleared for everything on the basketball court except for contact practices, so it sounds like his recovery is going as planned. Exum hasn't decided if he will play for Australia this summer during the Olympics, but it's already been decided that he will not play in the summer league as reported by Jody Genessy of Deseret News. Exum will be competing with Shelvin Mack for the starting PG role and we will be watching his development closely over the summer.
Apr 15 - 10:42 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood said that a point of emphasis for him next season is to get to the free throw line more.

"That's a big thing," Hood said. "The big thing is I'm a two-foot jumper and I always try to be under control when I get into the lane. Most guys that get fouled, they take off on one foot — the James Hardens, the Kevin Durants. It's just about learning different footwork … so I can be a more efficient scorer when I'm not hitting shots." Hood averaged 2.5 FTAs per game last season and shot 86.0 percent from the line, so it would be huge for his value if he is able to get to the line more. He's shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick next season.
Apr 15 - 10:35 AM

Trey Burke is facing an uncertain future with the Jazz.

"I just think not playing me was a decision that coach made," Burke said. "One thing about coach [Quin] Snyder is he's always been straight up with me. He always told me why, even if I didn't really understand it. I just had to stay professional and mature. I know everything is temporary and that my time will eventually come again. I just have to handle the things that I can control." The Jazz will have four point guards on their roster next season (they are expected to keep Shelvin Mack) and Burke is fourth on the depth chart, so expect Utah to try and find him a new home this summer.
Apr 15 - 10:29 AM

The Jazz are expected to exercise their player option on Shelvin Mack for the 2016-17 season.

Mack played well for the Jazz after a mid-season trade with the Hawks, averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 1.3 3-pointers and 2.9 turnovers. He said that he's unsure of what his role will be wih Dante Exum (knee) coming back, but he said he's ready to compete for playing time. "It's not something that I've thought that much about," Mack said. "I know that Dante's a great player and the organization has a lot invested in him. I'm ready to compete, but I have to control the things I can control." When asked what he wants to improve on this summer, Mack said he wants to be a better spot-up shooter.
Apr 15 - 10:24 AM

Rudy Gobert doesn't expect to play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics.

Gobert would want to join the team if they qualify for the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but it sounds like he'll take it easy for the next few months. He finished the season with a sprained right ankle that forced him to use crutches and wear a walking boot, but he has copious time to recover during the offseason.
Apr 14 - 3:26 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 17 points in Wednesday's 101-96 loss to the Lakers, shooting 6-of-16 from the field.

The Jazz were already eliminated from the playoff race with a Houston win earlier in the day, so this loss shouldn't hurt as bad and they also held out a couple guys. Hayward was a top-55 player in standard leagues this season with averages of 19.7 points, 5.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 3-pointers and 2.5 turnovers on 43.3 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz will be bringing back most of their key players next season and will also get a heathy Dante Exum (knee) back in the mix, so they should be able to reach the postseason.
Apr 14 - 2:03 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding three assists, two boards and one steal in 18 minutes.

The Jazz knew they were eliminated from the playoff hunt before tip-off, so they limited Hood's minutes since it was a meaningless game. Hood showed a ton of improvement this season and finished with averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting, returning top-70 value in standard leagues when you factor in games played. He should be a nice mid-round pick next season.
Apr 14 - 1:56 AM

Trey Lyles looked great vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs) with 11 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

The rookie took full advantage tonight with Derrick Favors (knee) and Rudy Gobert (ankle) both on the shelf. Lyles didn't get many minutes at the beginning of the season, but he showed some serious skill in the last couple of months and he could be a very good player in this league. Gobert and Favors will both be back with the Jazz next season, but Trevor Booker is a free agent which means that Lyles could be the first big off the bench during the 2016-17 campaign. He's definitely on the radar in standard leagues for the 2016-17 season and he should already be owned in dynasty formats.
Apr 14 - 1:50 AM

Jeff Withey and Trey Lyles will start against the Lakers on Wednesday.

Both Derrick Favors (rest) and Rudy Gobert (ankle) are out, and sadly so are the Jazz for the postseason. There should be a ton of Lyles tonight, so he might have a huge night.
Apr 13 - 9:51 PM

Alec Burks (sore left knee) won't play vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

Burks recently returned from leg surgery so there's no reason for Utah to risk a setback, especially since the Rockets are cruising toward a win that will eliminate the Jazz from the playoffs. Burks played in just 31 games this season, averaging 13.3 points, 1.0 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.6 steals.
Apr 13 - 9:47 PM

Derrick Favors (knee) and Alec Burks (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

This is a must-win game vs. the Jazz, so Favors must really be hurting. With Rudy Gobert (knee) also out, we can expect to see a lot of Trey Lyles and Trevor Booker tonight. Jeff Withey could get a lot of run too and may even start.
Apr 13 - 9:45 PM


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