Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey praised Raul Neto's defensive abilities.

"[Raul] plays with great energy," he said. "Even though he’s a little undersized, he’s an excellent defender already. Very good lateral movement. He plays with great imagination. He’s a pass-first guy." Neto will need to improve his shooting, but there is an opportunity to carve out a real role in Utah.
Jul 27 - 8:28 AM

Trey Burke struggled shooting last season when the shot clock had seven seconds or less remaining.

Burke shot just 35 percent from the field in those situations, including a paltry 32 percent from distance. With Dante Exum now in the fold with his rookie season under him, the 6'6" point guard could start putting additional heat on Burke for playing time. With Alec Burks (shoulder) also returning from surgery, we'd let someone else roll the dice on Burke.
Jul 27 - 8:26 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (shoulder) said that his absences during the summer league were for precautionary reasons.

"I wanted to play every single day," Hood said. "The training staff (didn’t) want me to play until I’m 110 percent. They understand that, even though summer league is important, the season is way more important. Obviously, I wanted to be out there competing, but I know there is a bigger picture in mind." Hood only managed to stay healthy for 50 games during his rookie season, so any injury will be a little worrying for prospective owners. Hood showed a ton of improvement when he did take the court this summer, but his path to regular minutes could be complicated by the return of Alec Burks.
Jul 24 - 10:23 AM

Dante Exum (ankle) said that the Jazz were being cautious with him during the summer league which is why he only made one appearance.

"I’m obviously disappointed. I just got to kind of take it in stride, know what I’m trying to do," Exum said. "The next thing for me is the national team and being right for that. I don’t want this to be an injury that kind of hangs around going into next season." Exum said last week that he still wasn't 100 percent, but the injury isn't expected to be serious and he should be fine in a couple weeks. He will be an interesting player to watch during the preseason, but he is currently not a recommended target in standard leagues.
Jul 24 - 10:15 AM

Trey Burke will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game.

It's part of the NBA's Basketball without Borders Africa event from July 29 through Aug. 1. Burke's Team World will go up against Team Africa in Johannesburg, Africa. He's in the midst of his third NBA offseason and this time he'll be coming off the bench to start the season. Additionally, he might play off the ball more with Alec Burks running the second unit. Burke isn't a great fantasy target.
Jul 23 - 10:21 PM

Second round pick Olivier Hanlan admitted to being uncertain about his immediate NBA future.

The Jazz are likely to offer him a one-year, non-guaranteed deal to retain his rights after an up-and-down summer league, and that point, Hanlan can either sign or go play in Europe or the D-League so Utah can "stash" his rights. As for which route he might take, Hanlan says he's "not sure at this point, really."
Jul 20 - 9:37 AM

The Jazz have reportedly extended an offer to Brock Motum who has reportedly impressed team officials during the summer league.

To be clear, the Jazz offered Motum a partially guaranteed deal and he is also still fielding offers from Europe. The forward averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from the field in summer league, but he likely wouldn't see many minutes if he landed with the Jazz.
Jul 19 - 10:04 AM

Dante Exum said that his ankle is better but that it still isn't 100 percent, but he hopes to be ready in time for his stint with the Australian National Team.

His summer league was cut short due to his left ankle, but he did play well in his one appearance with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one 3-pointer. Exum has reportedly been working on his strength, shooting stroke and ability to navigate the pick-and-roll this summer, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in preseason. For now, Exum is better suited for deeper leagues.
Jul 18 - 9:52 AM

Trey Lyles put his offensive game on display against the Lakers on Friday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

He's truly a stretch four and the Lakers couldn't guard him. The Jazz wisely picked up Lyles to complement Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, who both are not very good floor-spacing bigs on offense. Promising offensive skills aside, Lyles is unlikely to put up noteworthy stats while the Jazz are healthy.
Jul 17 - 8:36 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (shoulder) is doubtful to play on Friday and Dante Exum (ankle) is out.

Hood has been doubtful all week and almost certainly is not going to play. If for some reason he's out there, we'll let you know. Hood fans can assume he's out, though. He'll battle Alec Burks for the starting job and could have some fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 17 - 5:50 PM

Raul Neto could spend some time in the D-League next season.

Neto recently signed a multi-year deal with the Jazz, but he will be competing with Dante Exum and Trey Burke for minutes. If he isn't able to carve out a role in Utah, he could gain some valuable experience in the D-League. We will be watching him closely in the preseason, but Neto isn't on the fantasy radar.
Jul 17 - 10:31 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (shoulder) is doubtful to play on Wednesday.

He was doubtful on Tuesday and didn't even dress. We'll get another update when the Jazz are ready for warmups.
Jul 15 - 7:48 PM

Dante Exum (ankle) is out for Wednesday night.

He still had his ankle taped up on Tuesday and odds are we won't be seeing him in Las Vegas. Exum was terrific in Utah for Summer League and really showed he could be aggressive. That said, Exum is nothing more than a late flier in drafts next year.
Jul 15 - 7:44 PM

The Jazz have reportedly signed undrafted F J.J. O'Brien to a non-guaranteed one-year, minimum-level deal.

"My defense from San Diego State has definitely carried over," O'Brien told NBA.com on Tuesday. "I think I've shown the ability to make some plays, get in the paint, make passes and make open shots. I think I've shown a little bit of what I can do." O'Brien will be at the Jazz's training camp, but he's a long shot to make the final regular-season roster.
Jul 15 - 1:49 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (shoulder) stated during a recent interview that his main focus heading into next season will be to stay healthy.

"My main focus right now is staying healthy," said Hood. "That's my biggest thing. And on the court, just continuing to be a lethal weapon as far as shooting the ball and finishing at the rim." Health was a major concern for Hood last season as he only managed to make it through 50 games. He's also spent the past few Summer League games on the sidelines with a right shoulder sprain, so this isn't exactly an ideal start after such an injury plagued rookie season. With so much competition for playing time in Utah, Hood will make for a risky selection in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 11:03 AM


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