Player News - Jazz

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Jazz assistant coach Mike Wells praised rookie Joel Bolomboy for improving steadily throughout Summer League, citing his work ethic and willingness to learn.

"Night and day," Wells said, referring to the progress Bolomboy made in Las Vegas. "I thought that he came in with a lot of energy, not sure what to do and you just kept seeing somebody that was settling into the game ... He figured out how to play a little bit in kind of an NBA game." In spite of Bolomboy's improvement, he's a longshot to make the regular-season cut after Utah restocked their roster with veterans this offseason.
Jul 18 - 9:08 AM

Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants "as much as [the Jazz] can get" from Dante Exum when he returns from knee surgery this season.

"I think that’s an injury that he’ll be back from, but it’s not a simple thing," Synder said. "There’s a process that you go through ... We don’t really have a specific timetable on that as far as where he is, but I know he’s missed playing." That nebulous statement from Utah's coach does nothing to improve Exum's fantasy appeal, especially while George Hill is locked into the starting PG job.
Jul 17 - 11:51 AM

Erick Green has signed a two-year deal with the Olympiacos of Greece.

Green signed a few 10-day deals last season that never resulted in a guaranteed contract, so he'll now take the guaranteed money in Europe over playing for a D-League team.
Source: Sportando
Jul 15 - 10:34 AM

Tibor Pleiss scored a game-high 20 points on Wednesday, making 6-of-9 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five fouls in 24 minutes.

Pleiss warmed up as the game went along but the low level of competition can't be overstated -- he's yet to find any consistency in Vegas and was shooting a combined 5-of-18 in his previous three games. To his credit he did sink a pair of 3-pointers tonight, after going 0-of-2 from deep during his entire rookie season, but he'll only creep onto the fantasy radar if he leapfrogs Jeff Withey for the backup C job.
Jul 13 - 10:26 PM

Jazz F Joel Bolomboy had 14 points, nine boards, three assists and only one turnover in 24 minutes during Utah's win on Wednesday.

Bolomboy is getting an extended audition during Summer League, and he finally found his groove tonight after shooting 7-of-21 in his first three games. The athletic power forward averaged a strong double-double while showing 3-point range with Weber State last season, but he's not going to help fantasy owners with Derrick Favors, Trey Lyles and Derrick Favors on the roster.
Jul 13 - 10:21 PM

Trey Lyles dropped 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting during Tuesday's double overtime loss to Portland, adding five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

Lyles has dominated summer league thus far, getting whatever he’s wanted on the offensive end and he certainly could be a factor in Utah’s second unit during his sophomore season. He nearly powered his team to a win in this one, dropping in buckets from way beyond the arc and he also sent the game into double overtime with an impressive tip-in. He’s still a work in progress on the defensive end, but he's shown enough upside to warrant a late-round selection in standard leagues on draft day.
Jul 12 - 6:40 PM

Trey Lyles (rest) will play in Tuesday's summer league game vs. Portland.

Lyles was rested during the second game of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back in action tonight. He's been dominate at summer league thus far, but his upside in fantasy hoops will be capped by the presence of Derrick Favors.
Jul 12 - 4:39 PM

Rudy Gobert and the Jazz will postpone extension talk until after the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Gobert is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but will focus on playing for Team France in Brazil before continuing contract talks with the Jazz. It seems unlikely that the Jazz won't find a way to keep the 24-year-old, and fantasy owners can expect him to continue to again be a dominant force in the paint next season.
Jul 12 - 9:36 AM

Rudy Gobert will play for France in the Olympics.

He wasn't with the French team during qualifiers, but he'll join them in Rio. Gobert has come a long way since the FIBA competition two years ago, so it'll be interesting to see how he impacts the game. Expect him to be one of the leaders in blocks and boards.
Jul 11 - 9:08 PM

George Hill said he was surprised by the trade that sent him from the Pacers to the Jazz.

"It came as a surprise. Last time I checked, I was supposed to retire from Indiana," he said. "Very surprising, but I know this is a business and anything can happen. So, I’m not upset about it. I think I’m in a great situation here. I’m here, somewhere where I feel wanted right now." Hill is familiar with GM Dennis Lindsay from their tenure in San Antonio together, and he seems genuinely excited to join a young Jazz team on the definite upswing. Why wouldn't he be?
Jul 11 - 11:16 AM

Rudy Gobert would like to remain with the Jazz.

Gobert is "hopeful" that his agent and the organization can work out an extension before the season begins, but it's not the end of the world if that doesn't happen. "I want to stay with the Jazz," Gobert said. "I like the team we’re building. I like everything we’re doing here. I don’t have no reason to go. We’ll see." As an aside, Gobert is currently noncommittal about playing for France in the Olympics, but he hopes to make a decision within the next few days. Instead of participating in the Qualifying Tournament, Gobert worked on his strength and provided ample time for his injured ankle to heal. "I’m way stronger than I was and I feel good. That’s the most important."
Jul 11 - 11:10 AM

Trey Lyles will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

It's just a day of rest for Lyles which will allow the Jazz to get an extended look at Joel Bolomboy. Lyles has been impressive this summer and averaged 20.3 points, 10.3 boards and 1.7 assists in the Utah Summer League before scoring 28 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in Vegas on Saturday. The Jazz have been experimenting with Lyles at small forward, but assistant coach Mike Wells said the team is hopeful he can grow into a stretch-four role. Lyles should be the first big off the bench and has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Jul 10 - 11:25 AM

Trey Lyles scored 28 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes on Saturday.

It might be time to shut down Lyles. He's was fantastic at Utah Summer League, averaging 20.3 points, 10.3 boards and 1.7 assists in those three games. Lyles looks like he's going to be a big part of the scoring equation in the second unit with a lot of treys, so he's a sneaky late-round pick.
Jul 9 - 8:55 PM

Trey Lyles scored 22 points on 4-of-17 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line with eight rebounds, one assist, one block, one turnover and three 3-pointers.

The Jazz are giving him some serious usage, especially in isolation. Lyles is a power forward and saw his minutes almost exclusively there last season, but he was utilized more like a small forward this week with a lot of face-up scoring chances beyond 15 feet. He did play some point guard in high school and the skills have been on display as the focal point. Even on the Jazz's stacked second unit, he's definitely a late-round sleeper to watch.
Jul 7 - 11:04 PM

Tibor Pleiss scored 14 points with six rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He's played well in his three Summer League games. General manager Dennis Lindsey talked about Pleiss extending his ranged, which has clearly been a focus despite a very flat, awkward form. With Boris Diaw in the mix, Pleiss likely won't be in the rotation. The German big man still has some upside in a few years for extremely deep Dynasty leagues.
Jul 7 - 11:02 PM


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