Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Sep 29 - 3:49 PM

Quin Snyder said that Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) is making "good progress" in his recovery, and he anticipates him being cleared for contact by the start of the regular season.

"From what I'm told and what I see, there's good progress, especially in the last week or so," said Snyder of Burks. "I think it gets to a point where we're going to see it go quicker... that would be my hope." Snyder went on to say that the Jazz are focusing on "the next 12 years over the next 12 months," with regards to how they handle Burks' rehab, and that Burks has been participating in everything except for the contact portions of practice. However, the injury concerns partnered with the arrival of Joe Johnson make Burks an undesirable target in most settings.
Source: KSL
Sep 28 - 11:57 AM

Trey Lyles said his confidence and comfort levels are a "total 360" from last season.

Lyles' role with the Jazz grew as the 2015-16 season progressed, and he compiled impressive averages of 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 triples during the month of April. He kept his foot on the gas pedal with a dominant summer league, and he should be the first big man off the bench in Utah behind Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, assuming he has a strong preseason. He's worth the gamble in the later rounds given his obvious upside.
Sep 27 - 10:49 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Jazz coach Quin Snyder hinted on Monday that he hasn't decided if he will start Rodney Hood or Joe Johnson.

To be clear, Hood is the heavy favorite to keep his starting job and is coming off a breakout season with averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting. The wing rotation could be pretty crowded with Johnson in the mix and Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) returning from injury, but Hood is stil the SG for fantasy owners to target in Utah for his mid-round upside.
Sep 27 - 9:06 PM

Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night.
Sep 27 - 4:08 PM

Dante Exum said that he's improved as a shooter.

This is typically something players that are coming off knee injuries say, given that it was one of the few things they could really practice when injured, but it's certainly an aspect of Exum's game that could use improvement (he shot just 34.9 percent from the field as a rookie). Exum also said that he went up against George Hill during the Jazz's practice on Tuesday, and there wasn't a point where the pair shared the same backcourt, so it sounds like Exum will begin the year strictly serving as a backup. He’s not someone to target in standard settings.
Sep 27 - 3:07 PM

Rudy Gobert reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Utah Jazz.

Gobert will become a restricted free agent next summer if he and the Jazz don't agree to an extension before October 31, but the 24-year-old said he doesn't want to go anywhere. "Everybody knows I want to be here," Gobert said. The Frenchman didn't nearly live up to expectations last season, but he should bounce back in 2016-17 and is posed to be a good post-hype target in fantasy drafts.
Sep 27 - 9:25 AM

Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

"I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats.
Sep 26 - 6:08 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Coach Quin Snyder said it's not clear if Joe Johnson will come off the bench or start.

Simply put, we're not buying it. Rodney Hood had a breakout season and obviously Gordon Hayward isn't going to move out of the first unit. While Joe Johnson was an awesome pickup for the Jazz and their depth, he is not likely to have a big impact on the stat sheet.
Sep 26 - 4:33 PM

Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability are back.

He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target.
Sep 25 - 12:27 PM

The Jazz have signed free agent F Eric Dawson.

The 32-year-old forward spent last season in the Philippines and is basically just a training camp body for the Jazz. He has a total of four NBA games under his belt, all with the Spurs during the 2011-12 season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 11:18 AM

The Utah Jazz have officially signed Henry Sims.

It's just a training camp deal for Sims, but it's worth noting that the Jazz already have two capable centers in Rudy Gobert and Jeff Withey, while Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors will likely spend time at the five as well. Sims likely won't make the final roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 10:59 AM

George Hill said he isn't worried about his contract situation.

"I haven't really talked about that much with anyone," Hill said. "My whole focus is to come in here and be the best player that I can possibly be. I feel that the contract situation will work itself out, once you do that." Hill can walk as a free agent next summer and the Jazz won't have a lot of financial flexibility. The Jazz brought him in to mentor Dante Exum and he will be the starting PG on opening night, but his minutes are expected to take a hit in Utah with so much competition in the backcourt.
Sep 11 - 11:45 AM

Patrick Christopher will sign a deal with German Bundesliga club Bremerhaven.

The SG spent last season with the Iowa Energy in the D-League. Christopher has a total of four NBA games under his belt, but the 28-year-old will likely finish his career overseas.
Sep 10 - 9:29 AM

Henry Sims worked out for the Jazz on Friday.

The free agent center made 14 appearances for the Nets last season, averaging 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks on 42.9 percent shooting. The 26-year-old will likely just be looking for a camp invite, but the Jazz already have plenty of frontcourt depth. We'll let you know if anything materializes.
Sep 10 - 9:26 AM


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