Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is questionable for Friday against the Knicks.

The Jazz may not need him with Rudy Gobert (knee) probable to play. Derrick Favors would likely slide over to more power forward, so Jerebko may be out of the rotation anyway.
Jan 18 - 8:17 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

Well hello there, Mr. Stifle Tower. Back on Jan. 13, Gobert was expected to be sidelined for 7-10 more days, so he'll beat that timetable by a day, assuming all goes well. This is obviously huge news for the Jazz and Gobert's patient fantasy owners. His return means guys like Derrick Favors, Jonas Jerebko, Joe Johnson and Ekpe Udoh will all be taking a noticeable hit.
Jan 18 - 8:13 PM

On ESPN's The Jump, Adrian Wojnarowski said that Derrick Favors is "available" and that teams are calling about him.

Wojnarowski mentions the Cavaliers as a potential suitor, and it's no secret that they could use some rim protection -- they've also been linked to DeAndre Jordan. Favors has an expiring contract which is attractive to a team like Cleveland, and it makes sense for Jazz to entertain offers or he could simply walk as a free agent this summer.
Jan 18 - 10:25 AM

Jonas Jerebko was a starter in name only on Wednesday, finishing with seven points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 11 minutes.

Utah doesn't have a reliable starting PF in the mold of today's NBA -- even with Rudy Gobert (knee) healthy, Derrick Favors is an obviously awkward fit. They've been linked to Nikola Mirotic in trade talks, and one way or another it's likely they'll find a PF before the trade deadline. Either way, Jerebko is a fantasy pariah.
Jan 18 - 1:20 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood lit up for 25 points vs. Sacramento on Wednesday, making 9-of-16 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and two assists.

Hood also had two steals without a turnover tonight, and it's encouraging to see him chip in across the board -- he's averaging a mere 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks this season. Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) is done for the season, which leaves 20+ minutes available on the wings, so it's likely Hood will absorb some of that -- he played 31 minutes tonight.
Jan 18 - 1:19 AM

Derrick Favors notched his ninth double-double of the season on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes.

Favors hit 5-of-9 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs tonight, helping Utah snap a two-game skid and improve to 5-18 on the road. He continues to start at center with Rudy Gobert (knee) on the mend, but Gobert could return in late January. When Favors is playing alongside Gobert this season he has a 17.6% usage rate, but without Gobert that rises to 19.6%, and fantasy owners should basically be hoping he's traded to a team that needs a starting big man.
Jan 18 - 1:13 AM

Donovan Mitchell was sensational throughout Wednesday's road win in Sacramento, scoring 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting with three assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Mitchell also hit 5-of-7 free throws, with three turnovers in 34 minutes. He's incredibly polished for a 21-year-old rookie and shows no signs of tiring despite averaging 31.4 minutes in a featured role. If you have any doubts, click on the link below for a high-flying dunk when he basically went 1-of-5 vs. the Kings' defense. Whether or not the No. 10 seed Jazz have playoff hopes, Mitchell is locked into a huge role over Utah's final 37 games.
Jan 18 - 1:13 AM

Alec Burks picked up another DNP-CD on Wednesday.

Burks has bounced in and out of coach Quin Snyder's rotation since Rodney Hood returned to action, but couldn't earn minutes tonight even with Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) done for the season. That could change late in the season, but Burks doesn't qualify as a 'stash' candidate -- this is his seventh season in the NBA, after all.
Jan 18 - 1:12 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles bounced back on Wednesday with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, four 3-pointers, four assists, one rebound and one steal in 30 minutes.

Ingles struggled in a blowout loss on MLK Day with zero points in 20 minutes, and he only attempted one shot. He was more aggressive tonight and it paid dividends, but this did come against the Kings' defense -- we'd like to see him do it again vs. the Knicks on Friday. For now, Ingles remains a low-end option in roto leagues.
Jan 18 - 1:01 AM

Thabo Sefolosha had right knee surgery on Wednesday.

He is expected to miss the rest of the season to repair an avulsion of his MCL. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko will likely stick in the starting lineup while Royce O'Neale should stick in the rotation. The Jazz need Rudy Gobert (knee) back.
Jan 17 - 7:52 PM

Dante Exum (shoulder) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

He was spotted taking some jumpers before Monday's game, so Exum does appear to be progressing. The Jazz struck gold on Donovan Mitchell, so it's going to be even tougher for Exum to get minutes when he's healthy again.
Jan 17 - 3:30 PM

Derrick Favors could be a potential trade target for the Cavs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Cleveland is looking to add some size, and Favors is available, so it'll be interesting to see if anything becomes of this report. Favors value in Cleveland would depend on the moving pieces, but it's tough to see him improving his stock with the Cavs. He's also been linked to the Bulls, but his value would likely take a hit there if they didn't also move Robin Lopez.
Jan 17 - 10:30 AM

Thabo Sefolosha is scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery on Wednesday.

We'll have a firm timetable once he goes under the knife, but he's done for the year regardless. It looks like Jonas Jerebko will be Utah's starting four-man until Rudy Gobert (knee) get back to the court, and Royce O'Neale could be looking at minutes in the 20s. Neither of those guys offers much fantasy value at all, though.
Source: NBA
Jan 16 - 6:40 PM

Raul Neto played 12 minutes for five points, three assists and a 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Pacers.

He'd been out since Dec. 9 with a knee injury and got back to it tonight. Had the Pacers not blown the game open in the third quarter, Neto may not have seen as many minutes, but as long as Ricky Rubio, who was a disaster tonight, is healthy, it's hard to see Neto making any fantasy noise.
Jan 15 - 11:34 PM

Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, five rebounds, zero assists and two steals in 23 minutes of Monday's ugly loss to the Pacers.

Rubio showed signs of life last Wednesday with 21 points and a fun stat line, and had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, a 3-pointer and a block in his previous game, but Monday was a disaster. The Jazz turned to Raul Neto and Alec Burks for a chunk of minutes tonight after the Pacers blew the game open in the third quarter. Some of us still believe Rubio can bounce back for a big second half like he did last year, but then again, others of us think those people should have their heads examined. While a two-point game isn't really surprising for Rubio, this was the first time this season he didn't record a single assist. Unfortunately, some of that has to do with his teammates. If he doesn't get this turned around against the Kings on Wednesday, Rubio's going to start showing up on a lot of waiver wires.
Jan 15 - 11:30 PM


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