Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Derrick Favors said he would love to remain with the Jazz, but he understands that scenarios exist where he could be traded next season.

Favors will be an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason, and with Utah set to give a max deal to Gordon Hayward this summer, and both Dante Exum and Rodney Hood eligible for contract extensions, the Jazz may not have enough money to be able to retain Favors during free agency. Favors struggled with injuries during his 2016-17 campaign and put up some of his worst numbers since his rookie year, so he'll have a lot to prove next season in a contract year.
May 24 - 11:01 AM

Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

These are the only three options here with each having some clear strengths over the others. Gobert is the best rim protector in the league, Kawhi is as good as it gets on the perimeter, and no player is better at team defense than Draymond. This will likely be one of the closest awards on June 26.
May 19 - 7:55 PM

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said that Utah plans play to play Dante Exum at multiple positions next season.

Exum has not lived up to expectations since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft, due in part to missing the entire 2015-16 season due to an ACL tear. However, he did show signs of progress in the 2017 postseason. Going forward, Utah envisions making the most of his versatility, including playing him off the ball. "The team functioned better when Dante was playing a wing, versus point guard, but there’s point guard in his future, there’s two-guard and even three because of his unique size, length and speed and hopefully developing strength," said GM Dennis Lindsey.
May 19 - 12:57 PM

Becuase Gordon Hayward was not named to an All-NBA team this season, Utah is unable to offer him the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

It's a tough break for the Jazz. Had Hayward made one of the three All-NBA teams, Utah would have been able to ink him to a deal worth approximately $207 million over five years. Now, once he opts out in July, they will only be able to offer a max contract at around $177 million over five years. Other teams, including the Celtics, can offer $132 million over four years. Utah still can obviously offer far more than competitors, but it's not as sizable a difference as it could have been. Most league insiders believe Hayward's decision will come down to re-signing with Utah or heading to Boston to reunite with his former college coach Brad Stevens.
May 19 - 10:21 AM

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he is confident that Utah will be able to re-sign George Hill.

"There’s a very good chance, we’re each other’s best option come July," Lindsey said of Hill. However, Lindsey did acknowledge that if Hill got an exorbitant offer, Utah might not be able to match it. "I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, 'you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go," Lindsey said. "He helped us." Three of Utah's most important players, Hill, Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles, are all set to hit free agency in July.
May 19 - 9:26 AM

Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert were named to the All-NBA second team.

The Stifle Tower had a massive breakout year as an elite roll man to go with arguably the best rim protection in the league. Somehow, Gobert didn't make the All-Star team, which is another reason why we can't take All-Star Game voting seriously. If Gobert can put it together at the free throw line, he could reach truly elite fantasy value.
May 18 - 2:13 PM

Chris Mannix of The Vertical believes Gordon Hayward is Boston's No. 1 target in free agency.

Hayward has been non-committal about his future in Utah, but it's a lock that he's going to opt out of the final year of his deal and hit the open market. The 27-year-old wing is coming off a career year with averages of 22.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 treys on 46.8 percent shooting, so it will likely take a max contract offer to pry him away from Utah. To be clear, the Jazz are still the favorites to re-sign him.
Source: NESN
May 18 - 10:08 AM

George Hill said that he's hoping to re-sign with the Jazz this summer.

"I really enjoyed playing with the guys here. I think we created a heck of a bond" Hill said. "Let’s stay together, build on what we’ve done this year. Hopefully we can do that." A report in early March by Tim MacMahon of ESPN indicated that Hill's camp is seeking a four-year deal worth $132 million, so a return to Utah is going to be difficult with Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles also hitting free agency. Hill recently turned 31 and missed a total of 36 games if you include the playoffs, so handing out that type of money will be a massive gamble.
May 15 - 12:40 PM

Gordon Hayward said he hasn't thought about free agency too much, but made it clear that he's enjoyed his time in Utah.

"It’s been so much fun for me here in Utah and kind of growing up here starting a family — growth from a basketball standpoint, growth from a man’s standpoint," he said. "I have nothing but love for everybody here in Utah." It's a lock that Hayward will opt out of his $16.7 million player option to test free agency, but he hasn't given any indication on what the future holds. Hayward said making the playoffs this season makes him want to "work even harder and go further," so hopefully the 27-year-old forward will take another step forward in 2017-18 after returning top-35 value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 15 - 12:30 PM

Rudy Gobert announced he will not play with the French national team this summer at the European Basketball Championship.

Gobert suffered a minor knee injury in the first round of the 2017 postseason vs. the Clippers and cited that as one of the reasons he declined playing for Team France. "It was a tough decision for me. But there's my recent knee injury in playoffs, the long season, discussions with my club... I need to work on my body this summer," said Gobert.
May 13 - 9:37 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw said he would like to remain with the Jazz in 2017-18.

"I don't expect any promises," Diaw said. "I'm just in wait-and-see mode. I'm not sweating over it. I'm not anxious, but … I liked the season I had here. I enjoyed being here, so I would like to be back." The Jazz have a $7.5 million team option on Diaw and will likely retain the veteran forward unless they feel like Trey Lyles is ready for more minutes. In 73 appearances, the 35-year-old forward averaged 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.
May 11 - 10:18 AM

Trey Lyles said he "definitely wanted to play a lot more" during the 2016-17 season.

Lyles was impressive during Summer League, but that didn't really materialize during the regular season where he contributed averages of just 6.2 points, 3.3 boards and not much else on 36.2 percent shooting, which had him ranking well outside the top-300 in standard leagues. As long as Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are healthy, Lyles won't be playing much in Utah.
May 10 - 11:38 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood said his sprained right knee will take about a month to fully heal.

Hood also said that there wasn't much swelling and it wasn't bad enough to require an MRI, so it sounds like he'll be just fine with some rest. Hood ranked well outside the top-150 during his third NBA season, and was particularly bad after the break when he averaged just 10.6 points, 1.7 triples and not much else while connecting on just 37.9 percent of his shot attempts. He also only managed to make it through 59 games, so he won't be the most appealing guy to draft next year.
May 9 - 4:39 PM

Alec Burks (knee) stated during his exit interview that he'll work on getting his explosion back during the offseason.

Burks' season was yet again derailed by injuries this year, and he didn't play a minute during the playoffs after undergoing a PRP treatment to his left knee. Over the past three seasons, Burks has only managed to suit up for a total of 100 games, and simply put, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues next season.
May 9 - 3:29 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles made it clear that his preference would be to re-sign with Utah as a restricted free agent this offseason.

"Everyone knows it, I want to come back," said Ingles. "Hopefully it's a nice quick process." Utah would also like to bring back Ingles, so it looks like an opposing team will need to significantly overpay for his services if they hope to land him as a free agent. If Ingles does remain in Utah, there's a chance he could start at the two-spot next season, which would put him on the radar as a potential late-round flier.
May 9 - 3:09 PM


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