Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

He was with the Jazz for Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to make the team.
Aug 28 - 5:18 PM

Jazz sign C Jeff Withey.

He didn't make the Pelicans roster and he'll have chance to back up Rudy Gobert. Tibor Pleiss and Jack Cooley will be Withey's competition for playing time.
Aug 24 - 4:28 PM

Trey Burke said he has to be ready to "step up" with Dante Exum (knee) lost for the season.

"I haven't hit the goals that I have for myself," Burke admitted before discussing Exum's injury. "You don't want to see that for nobody. But it's a part of the game and unfortunately it happened to Dante. It's something that I really felt like [this year] was a opportunity either way. But I guess people see it more as an opportunity now because obviously we play the same position. I have to be ready to step up again and just make plays for the team." Not guaranteed to start even with Exum sidelined, Burke is entering a critical third season.
Aug 24 - 9:56 AM

Trey Burke said he's not worrying about being the starter.

There are some murmurs of rookie Raul Neto getting the starting job, which makes sense because Burke was better in the second unit. Although, when Trey Burke was on the court with Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood, he had a 59.4 effective field goal percentage. The bad news on that stat is that it was just 16 shots and the Jazz had a net rating of minus-11.0.
Aug 22 - 6:34 PM

Trey Burke has reportedly been spending time working out in Salt Lake City.

With Dante Exum (knee) set to miss the 2015-16 season, it's nice to see Burke putting in the extra minutes during the offseason. While Burke hasn't been the most dependable player to own during his career, he'll see a larger role this season due to Exum's injury and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as the Jazz don't have anyone to push him for minutes.
Aug 20 - 10:49 AM

Dominic McGuire has signed with the Dongguan Leopards of China, according to David Pick.

McGuire had been hoping for a return to the NBA, but he'll have to at least wait until his season in China is over in February. While there's a chance the 29-year-old might find his way back to the NBA, he's not worth monitoring for fantasy purposes.
Aug 18 - 11:57 AM

Rudy Gobert had a solid showing for Team France during Sunday's exhibition game vs. Ukraine, compiling 14 points and eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of action.

Gobert is going to be the starting center for Utah on opening night, and he has a very good chance of leading the league in blocks next season. He averaged 11.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.6 blocks per game after the All-Star break during his 2014-15 campaign, and he'll likely cost you a second-round selection on draft day.
Aug 16 - 4:26 PM

Gordon Hayward (heel) said he would be able to play in a playoff game.

He is already going through 5-on-5 drills and his surgery seems to be behind him. Hayward is set to get more minutes next to Trey Burke this upcoming season with Dante Exum (knee) out for the year. His usage rate and true shooting percentage were a shade worse with Burke, but it's not enough to draw a conclusion. Although, his efficiency was noticeably higher with Alec Burks (shoulder), who will be back. He's a solid target in the early rounds.
Aug 12 - 5:10 PM

Gordon Hayward (heel surgery) has resumed 5-on-5 workouts as a participant in Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas.

It's his first 5-on-5 activity since the surgery in mid-May, which was considered a relatively minor procedure. Hayward has been working on his post game this summer and there's no reason to expect a letdown after a career-best 2014-15 season -- he averaged 19.3 points, 1.6 triples, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocks on his way to top-40 fantasy value.
Aug 11 - 7:44 PM

Derrick Favors said he was "frustrated for a while" about not being selected to go to Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas this month.

"They picked the guys who they wanted to get," Favors said. "The only thing I can do is continue to work hard, continue to work on my game and prove my point next season." Favors saw his usage go up after the break when Enes Kanter was gone, but his efficiency fell off. Expect him to have a big season at age 24.
Aug 10 - 3:58 PM

Gordon Hayward (heel) has been working on his post game this summer.

Hayward had a minor outpatient surgery on his heel back in May, so that looks to be completely behind him. He also said he's focused on better nutrition this offseason and he wants to be a better shooter. Even with Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Enes Kanter for much of the season, the Jazz ranked 27th in post-up shots per game last season, so maybe Hayward can help out there. With Dante Exum (knee) out for the year, expect Hayward to have a lot of offensive responsibility. He is a fairly safe target in the later early rounds.
Source: Indy Star
Aug 8 - 5:28 PM

Olivier Hanlan has signed a two-year deal with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania.

The Jazz selected him with the 42nd pick in this year's draft, but he was never expected to contribute right away. The Jazz still own his draft rights, so we could see him come to the states in the near future. Hanlan averaged 19.5 points, 4.2 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 3-pointers during his junior year at Boston College.
Aug 8 - 10:55 AM

Alec Burks said he thinks his shoulder is now 100 percent.

Burks was cleared three weeks ago and should start taking contact any day now. With the Jazz losing Dante Exum (knee), there's a good chance Burks gets minutes at the one. He had a down year last season, but it had a lot to do with his struggles at the rim -- one of his strengths. Expect Burks to bounce back considering he's arguably a better fantasy beneficiary than Trey Burke. He's worth a look late in drafts.
Aug 7 - 3:17 PM

The Utah Jazz have confirmed that Dante Exum has a torn ACL in his left knee.

This is devastating news for Exum and the entire Jazz organization, and we wish him nothing but the best on his road to recovery. His knee is expected to require surgery, so we will pass along those details when we know more. This news unfortunately means that he could miss the entire 2015-16 season, but an official timetable hasn't been announced yet. With Exum on the sidelines, Trey Burke will step into the starting lineup and is now worth a look in the later rounds of drafts, while Raul Neto and Bryce Cotton will battle it out for minutes behind Burke. Expect Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward to facilitate on offense a little more as well.

Trey Burke was reportedly left off Team USA's 34-man roster in favor of Michael Carter-Williams.

Burke's value around the league has taken a serious dive after a couple of disappointing seasons, so this isn't a surprise. MCW's chances of making the final roster for the Rio Olympics in 2016 are slim to none, so the only positive for him is that he will get to train alongside some superstar PGs including Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Kyrie Irving. Burke could be the starting PG in Utah next season depending on the status of Dante Exum's knee, so we will watching closely for an update.


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