Player News - Jazz

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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

The Jazz have agreed to trade John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to the Cavaliers in exchange for Carrick Felix, a future second-round pick and $1 million.

The Cavaliers gain flexibility with the move since none of the players they'll receive have guaranteed contracts, and this trade has all the marks of a precursor to a possible deal for Kevin Love. The Warriors appear to have fallen out of the K-Love sweepstakes due to their refusal to part with Klay Thompson, and the Cavs seem like the clear-cut favorites with only the Nuggets and Bulls explicitly rumored to be bidding for Love. As for Felix, he won't have fantasy relevance in Utah or anywhere else.

The Jazz officially signed Trevor Booker on Monday.

Booker averaged 6.8 points, and 5.3 rebounds with the Wizards last season, and he will have to fight for minutes in a crowded Utah frontcourt of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Booker is not a fantasy option in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 4:24 PM

Ian Clark said he wanted to show he can play point guard.

The Jazz used him off the ball more often than not in Las Vegas, but he was still able to average 2.0 assists per game. Clark's game has been primarily making 3-pointers and he hit 1.4 per game in his 21.4 minutes of action. He has a chance to make the team, but it'll likely be as a shooting guard.
Jul 21 - 11:48 AM

Trey Burke will not play on Friday due to an illness.

He had an up-and-down summer league next to Dante Exum. Burke shot just 30.4 percent from the field and he's now put up two horrible shooting performances in a row after making just 24 percent last summer. He'll have to have a big season to keep Exum at bay.
Jul 18 - 7:42 PM

Jazz center Rudy Gobert will rest a sore shoulder during Tuesday's Summer League game.

It's bad news for anyone watching the game, but won't have any long-term impact. Gobert is 10-of-11 from the field through two games, averaging 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks against inferior competition, so it makes sense for Utah to rest him as a precaution.
Jul 15 - 8:23 PM

Utah Jazz sign F Trevor Booker for $10 million over two years.

Booker was solid in averaging 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in just under 22 minutes per game with the Wizards last season, but will join a crowded frontcourt in Utah. The 26-year-old has potential to produce, but Booker may not see much of a minutes boost playing behind Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter and will have trouble producing anything more than deep-league fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 1:40 PM

Dante Exum said after Monday's game that pick-and-roll is his favorite play.

He also said he didn't think he played well in the win. The Jazz ran a ton of pick-and-roll with Exum and Rudy Gobert, which was a thing of beauty tonight. He finished with six points, two rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers. He continues to show massive potential.
Jul 15 - 1:22 AM

Rudy Gobert showed off his tremendous length vs. the Bucks on Monday, making all six of his shots for 13 points with nine boards and five blocks.

He's better with timing, a more adept passer and has done a great job at establishing position. Gobert should take some minutes away from Enes Kanter, so he's worth a look in deep drafts. Although, he needs to work on his free throws.
Jul 15 - 12:22 AM

Rodney Hood was on fire vs. the Bucks on Monday, scoring 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers.

He put on a shooting clinic with multiple swishes and the Bucks didn't want to cover him much. Hood really added a lot to his attack today, putting the ball on the floor a lot more compared to Saturday. He's definitely worth a look late in drafts.
Jul 15 - 12:19 AM

Rodney Hood shot just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc vs. the 76ers on Saturday, scoring a total of nine points with eight boards, one steal, six fouls and three turnovers.

It was a catch-and-shoot fest for Hood tonight. He was moving very well without the ball and rotated nicely as a kick-out guy on pick-and-rolls and isolations. The loss of Marvin Williams opens up some minutes for Hood, which makes him worth monitoring deeper formats for now.
Jul 13 - 12:35 AM

Dante Exum made his pro debut against the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one turnover, no fouls and one 3-pointer.

He put on a show all night with flashy crossover dribbles and effective pick-and-rolls, while leading several fast-breaks. Exum was a bit stagnant on offense without the ball and sat in the corner a little too often. It's easy to see why the Jazz grabbed him at five, but he's going to need some time to develop any sort of consistency.
Jul 13 - 12:34 AM

The Jazz have officially matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer sheet for Gordon Hayward.

Utah may have been forced to overpay a bit to retain Hayward, but it's not an unreasonable deal for a 24-year-old who has increased his scoring in each of his four NBA seasons. Hayward's shooting percentage slipped to 41.3 percent last season but he picked it up elsewhere, averaging 16.2 points, 1.1 triples, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals. The arrival of Dante Exum should take some pressure off Hayward and Trey Burke in the backcourt, and Hayward is a likely bet to retain top-50 fantasy value in Utah.
Jul 12 - 11:05 AM


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