Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Dante Exum scored four points vs. Korea, adding three assists, a turnover, and a steal.

Exum didn't score his four points efficiently, shooting 2-of-6 from the field, and knocking down shots seems to be a weakness for the mystery man of the 2014 draft. Exum went scoreless in Australia's previous contest vs. Slovenia, and it's a bit troubling that he's had so much difficulty getting things done against inferior competition. Exum is just 19-years-old, and will likely need some more time to develop before contributing consistently at the NBA level. He had a lot of hype heading into the draft, but Exum hasn’t shown us anything to warrant consideration as anything more than a late-round flier.
Aug 31 - 10:39 AM

Rodney Hood, Miles Plumlee, Jabari Parker, Gerald Henderson and other Duke players have been working with Grant Hill.

It was a Blue Devil forward get together and it's expected to last about a week. Hood is almost a lock to get in the rotation for the Jazz, and it's possible he even starts if coach Quin Snyder wants to keep Alec Burks as a sixth man. Hood is a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 28 - 11:05 PM

Dante Exum will come off the bench for Australia at the World Cup of Basketball.

Team Australia begins group play at the World Cup on Sunday against Team Slovenia and head coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to utilize Exum off the bench. "Having Dante come off the bench and make an impact is something which is good for us," Lemanis said. Exum may see a similar role with the Utah Jazz as he acclimates to playing in the NBA, so fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the end of their drafts to take a flier on the Australian.
Aug 28 - 12:40 PM

Jazz sign G Kevin Murphy.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it's like just a deal for training camp. Murphy was with the Jazz back in 2012-13 and was traded to the Warriors on July 10, 2013. He'll be fighting for a roster spot.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 5:07 PM

Six-year NBA veteran Dominic McGuire has agreed to a deal with Hapoel Eilat in Israel.

McGuire bounced between seven NBA teams before landing in the D-League last year, and a lack of interest in free agency prompted him to head overseas. The 28-year-old SF has averaged 2.7 points per game during his career.
Aug 27 - 9:17 AM

The Jazz signed PG Toure Murry to a partially-guaranteed two-year contract on Tuesday.

The deal is worth $2 million but it's only guaranteed for $250k this season, and is fully unguaranteed for 2015-16. Utah has the youngest roster in the NBA and they'll spend much of the season developing Trey Burke and Dante Exum, so Murry doesn't have meaningful upside in fantasy leagues.
Aug 26 - 4:18 PM

Gordon Hayward will not make the Team USA roster when cuts are announced on Saturday according to ESPN.

This news isn't too surprising as he hasn't seen much action lately and is a cut below other players that are on the bubble. Regardless, the experience bodes well for him as he takes his big contract into next season.
Aug 22 - 11:44 PM

Gordon Hayward could be the next Team USA cut, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com.

Hayward only scored four points to go along with two steals during Wednesday's win over the Dominican Republic and "did the least to distinguish himself", according to Sheridan. Team USA will board a plane headed to the World Cup of Basketball on Saturday and Hayward will join Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Korver, and Chandler Parsons on the roster bubble as coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff trim the roster from 16 to 12.
Aug 21 - 9:30 AM

Jazz sign PF/C Jack Cooley.

Cooley went undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2013, then signed with a team in Turkey rather than playing in the D-League for much less money. He's a physical big man with impressive rebounding skills, who his senior year at Notre Dame averaging 18.5 points, 14.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Whether he'll make the regular-season roster is uncertain, but Utah's frontcourt isn't the deepest so he'll have a shot during training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 9:23 AM

Dante Exum didn't play well against France on Sunday in an exhibition game, scoring two points with two assists in 15 minutes.

He's not going to become a superstar overnight and Exum probably won't be much of a factor this season. He projects to be in the rotation for the Jazz, but fantasy owners in redraft leagues can probably look elsewhere.
Aug 18 - 9:15 AM
Dee Bost - G - Jazz

The Jazz signed free agent guard Dee Bost on Friday.

Bost will attend the Jazz's training camp, but he'll likely spend another season in the D-League, according to sources. Bost is unlikely to have any impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 4:48 PM

Gordon Hayward said on Thursday that he has put on 10 pounds of muscle since the regular season.

It makes sense since he's expected to play more forward, and it's not too far-fetched to think he plays some stretch four with the lack of depth on the Jazz. It's still not clear if coach Quin Snyder will start Alec Burks as his shooting guard, which would make Hayward a starting three. Interestingly, Hayward didn't shoot the ball well with Burks on the court, so the new coach has a decision on his hands. Regardless, he's a nice early-middle round pick.
Aug 14 - 7:29 PM

Gordon Hayward said Paul George's injury hasn't made him change his mind about international play.

Two weeks after Paul George broke his leg during a Team USA exhibition game, Hayward addressed the injury risk of playing internationally on his personal blog. "I don’t think it’s something you can think about. You just have to go out there and play," Hayward wrote. "As soon as you start thinking about injuries and you’re tentative, bad things happen." Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 1.1 triples, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 steals during the 2013-14 season and is a solid bet to return top-50 fantasy value for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 14 - 1:12 PM

The Jazz are reportedly "closing in" on a deal with free agent G Toure Murry.

The deal is reportedly worth $2 million over two years, enough to pry him away from other interested teams including the Heat and Knicks. Murry gives Utah affordable depth but he's unlikely to earn many minutes in a backcourt featuring Trey Burke, Dante Exum, Alec Burks and Ian Clark.
Aug 12 - 6:39 PM

Dante Exum suffered a minor ankle sprain with the Australian basketball team, but it's not expected to impact his status for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

This sounds very minor, and the fact that he's still expected to play in the FIBA tournament is telling. Move along people, nothing to see here.
Aug 8 - 6:57 PM


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