Player News - Jazz

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Jazz coach Quin Synder has been impressed by rookie Dante Exum's speed, passing and ability to direct pick-and-rolls.

Exum and Trey Burke have been sharing point guard duties during recent practices, which seems to be Utah's vision for the upcoming season. "He’s a good player and I think we can definitely play together," Burke said. "It puts pressure on a defense when you have two guys who can be primary ball-handlers. It was good to sometimes bring the ball up, or sometimes go to the corner and spot up and let someone else do the work." Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on Utah's backcourt throughout Summer League and the preseason.
Jul 9 - 9:32 AM

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Jazz were prepared for Gordon Hayward to receive a max-offer and still plan on matching Charlotte's offer.

Hayward will sign a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Hornets, but it sounds like the Jazz are fully prepared to match. They don't have a lot of other places to put their money and the former Butler Bulldog will now make more money than several NBA stars, regardless of where he's playing. If he left Utah, Alec Burks and rookie Rodney Hood would see a big boost, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen.
Jul 9 - 1:35 AM

Rick Bonnell is reporting that free agent Gordon Hayward will sign a "major offer sheet" with the Hornets.

Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the offer is for four years and $63 million - a maximum offer. The Jazz will have 72 hours to match after Hayward signs the offer sheet on July 10, and while indications are that they will do so, it's far from guaranteed. If Hayward goes to the Hornets, Gerald Henderson would take a substantial hit, while Hayward's value would expand. And if he's not with the Jazz next season, Alec Burks and rookie Rodney Hood should get a big boost. Stay tuned.

The Hornets are reportedly pursuing FA F Marvin Williams, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Williams was a bit of a mess for the Jazz last season (and his entire career), but did start most of the time. The Hornets need a forward after losing Josh McRoberts, and it looks like they've got their sights set on the former No. 2 pick out of North Carolina.
Jul 8 - 8:38 PM

The Miami Heat are no longer in the mix for unrestricted free agent Marvin Williams.

Williams had met with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra recently, but will no longer be in play for the Heat after they used their mid-level exception on Josh McRoberts. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers in 66 games with the Jazz last season and has also reportedly been in contact with the Spurs, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic, and Suns. Williams could serve as a decent late-round target in fantasy drafts if he lands in the right situation, but he's not a player that owners should be targeting.
Jul 8 - 1:03 PM

Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward will meet with the Hornets on Monday.

The Jazz are expected are expected to match any offer on Hayward, but the Hornets do have some room to make a big offer. The Cavs have also had a meeting with Hayward and could also be in the mix, but the LeBron James buzz likely moves Hayward down in their list of priorities.
Jul 7 - 1:41 PM

Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra reportedly flew out to North Carolina to meet with unrestricted free agent Marvin Williams on Saturday.

That's an interesting development, but Marvin Williams just doesn't seem like the type of big name free agent that would lure LeBron James back to Miami. Williams has also been in contact with the Spurs, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic, and Suns. He averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers through 66 games with the Jazz last season.
Jul 6 - 1:22 PM

Steve Novak is excited to be joining the Jazz, and likes the system that coach Quin Snyder runs.

"I [am] extremely excited," Novak said. "It’s a young group we have, but we can get a lot better quickly. [Snyder's system is] up-tempo. It’s scoring. It’s shooting. It’s exciting. I think it’s a great fit for me." Novak is a bottom of the bench kind of guy, and he's not likely to have much fantasy value in Utah outside of deep leagues. However, that could change if unrestricted free agents Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams leave via free agency.
Jul 6 - 12:56 PM

Marvin Williams has been talking to the Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Hornets, Clippers, Magic and Suns.

He's said he'd like to stay in Utah, but the somewhat thin small-forward market should create some demand for Williams. He is coming off a heel injury from last season and never really got it going, but the Jazz used him as a stretch four throughout the year.
Jul 4 - 6:08 PM

The Jazz acquired Steve Novak in a trade on Friday.

The Raptors will send the remaining two years and $7.2 million left on Novak's contract with a future second-round pick in exchange for Diante Garrett. The Jazz ranked 25th in 3-point percentage last season and Novak could be able to improve on his 10.0 minutes per game from last season. The Jazz are currently thin at small forward, but Marvin Williams has said he wants to return to Utah, which would affect Novak's playing time. He should only be viewed as a specialist in deep fantasy leagues. As a side note, Masai Ujiri may be a magician in his spare time.
Jul 4 - 4:44 PM

Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is set to meet with the Hornets early next week.

Al Jefferson, who is a good friend of Hayward's from their days together in Utah, has reportedly been recruiting Hayward, and he will be part of the Hornets pitch next week. The Cavs, Celtics, and Suns have also expressed interest in Hayward, but the Jazz have stated time and again that intend to make Hayward the face of their franchise, and they will match any offer he receives on the open market.
Jul 4 - 12:34 PM

Gordon Hayward is meeting with Cavaliers officials in Cleveland on Wednesday, and the Cavs may be preparing a max offer sheet.

The Suns have also been eager to give him an offer sheet, and the Celtics had expressed interest before agreeing to terms with Avery Bradley, but all along the Jazz have vowed to match offers for their restricted FA. Whether they'll stick to that script if Hayward does land a max offer from Cleveland remains to be seen.
Jul 2 - 1:02 PM

The Cavaliers are considering giving restricted free agent Gordon Hayward a "big offer sheet," according to ESPN's Marc Stein, but the Jazz are likely to match any offer.

Utah has been steadfast in their desire to keep Hayward, so they're in the driver's seat even if the Cavs, Suns or Celtics make a huge offer. Considering Jodie Meeks just earned about $6.5 million annually to sign a three-year deal with Detroit, the market for shooting guards is clearly tilted in Hayward's favor.
Jul 1 - 5:30 PM

Restricted FA Gordon Hayward has been contacted by Celtics GM Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens, according to the Boston Globe.

The Suns are also making a hard push to sign Hayward to an offer sheet, and he may have mutual interest with the Celtics given his relationship with former Butler coach Stevens. Both teams' pursuit may prove futile, however, since the Jazz are expected to match almost any offer for their 24-year-old SG.
Jul 1 - 3:29 PM

The Jazz contacted restricted free agent Gordon Hayward on Tuesday morning.

The Suns are believed to be making a hard push on Hayward, but the Jazz are more than likely going to match any offer. He didn't have much help last year and it brought his field goal percentage down despite an improved offensive arsenal, so he's a bit better than his stats suggest.
Jul 1 - 10:30 AM


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