Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

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

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

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Gordon Hayward's versatility during a conference call on Tuesday, adding that Hayward has become stronger and more decisive.

Hayward and Kyle Korver both made it through the first round of Team USA cuts, and their odds of making the final roster improved after Paul George's season-ending injury. Coach K still has a few tough decisions to make, as the current pool of 16 players needs to be trimmed to a 12-man roster.
Aug 5 - 2:56 PM

The Jazz will allow guard Ian Clark's salary to become guaranteed this season, by virtue of keeping him on the roster beyond Friday.

This means he'll start the season on the roster and he has a good shot of sticking throughout the year. Clark's 3-point range and improving skills elsewhere were the deciding factor here, and though he'll probably start the year outside of the rotation it wouldn't be surprising if he made some noise as an injury replacement at some point during the year.
Aug 1 - 9:51 PM

Raul Neto officially signed with Club Baloncesto UCAM.

The Jazz acquired him in the 2013 draft and he did join their summer league team in 2013, but he'll play in Spain for the second consecutive season. Neto is expected to join the Brazilian team this month for the FIBA World Cup.

Ian Clark's contract for 2014-15 becomes guaranteed on Friday if he is not released by the Jazz.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey offered a "no comment" when asked about Clark's status, so it sounds like this one may come down to the wire. Clark only averaged 3.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 7.5 minutes in 23 games with the Jazz during the 2013-14 season, so it goes without saying that his fantasy value heading into 2014-15 is non-existent.
Jul 31 - 1:57 PM

Dante Exum made the Australian basketball team and will play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

He needs to adjust to playing against guys who are bigger than him and just needs as many reps as possible. Exum was overmatched in Las Vegas and couldn't get many easy shots. He was also a bit lethargic without the ball, which is something he'll have to improve if he wants to play more shooting guard minutes.
Jul 28 - 9:47 AM

Quin Snyder has added West Virginia Wesleyan coach Patrick Beilein to his staff, according to sources.

Beilein will be the video coordinator and player development coach for Snyder. Snyder hopes to use Beilein's skills as a shooting instructor to help develop Utah's young, developing roster.
Jul 25 - 3:00 PM

Rudy Gobert is expected to get more run with the French FIBA team.

Kevin Seraphin (knee) and Alexis Ajinca aren't going to play, so the team has already added Ian Mahinmi. Gobert was phenomenal at Las Vegas Summer League and how we'll be able to get a larger sample size to see if his improvement is for real. His footwork was vastly improved, leading to better rebounding and blocking. He's a good bet to take some of Enes Kanter's minutes.
Jul 24 - 5:29 PM

Dante Exum finished Summer League with 14 assists vs. 15 turnovers, and admitted that he's adjusting to a new level of physicality and competition.

"The last games I played was high school games and I’m one of the bigger guys out there that can push guys around," he said. "Here, I get into the paint and I’m getting knocked over." Exum considers himself a PG but the Jazz already have Trey Burke, and Exum's learning curve may be eased by deploying him at SG more often than not. Either way, it will be interesting to see how coach Quin Snyder manages his backcourt rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 9:46 AM


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