Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy.
May 22 - 6:41 PM

Ante Tomic has reached an agreement with FC Barcelona that will keep the big man in Spain for three more seasons.

The Utah Jazz hold NBA rights to the 28-year-old, but this move would seem to put his NBA future in doubt as he'll be in his 30s when the contract expires. It's unlikely that Tomic was owned in any dynasty fantasy leagues, but he can safely be dropped in any leagues where he might have been rostered.
Apr 28 - 11:30 AM

The Jazz have a $4.8 million team option on Trevor Booker next season, and Booker is hopeful that he will return to Utah.

"Of course I want to be back," Booker said. "I got the sense that they want me back, so I feel it's mutual. But, you know, at the end of the day, it's still always a business, so we'll see." Booker emerged as the primary big off the bench once Enes Kanter bolted town, and he proved to be a quality backup behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors down the stretch. Booker finished the season with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assists in just under 20 minutes per game, so he won't be a viable option in standard fantasy leagues next season with the way the Jazz are currently constructed.
Apr 25 - 9:24 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood said that he believes Alec Burks will be the starter next season, but added, "regardless of what happens we're both going to be effective on the court."

The Jazz will be paying Burks a decent chunk of change next season, so it is plausible that he'll regains his place in the starting lineup, but this is a position battle we'll be watching closely heading into next season. Hood struggled to stay healthy for much of his rookie campaign, but when he was able to get minutes, he performed admirably with averages of 12.7 points and 1.6 three-pointers per game as a starter. Hood is someone to consider towards the later rounds of drafts next season for those seeking some 3-point shooting.
Apr 16 - 8:07 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles said that there is "mutual interest" in returning for the Jazz next season.

Ingles earned a role in Utah's rotations this season, but from a fantasy perspective he was never much more than a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. He may be able to land a deal with Utah next season, but he's really only someone to consider in daily leagues when Gordon Hayward is out, or as a very low-end play in extremely deep leagues.
Apr 16 - 7:57 PM

Rudy Gobert said that he will spend time this offseason working on his offensive game such as post moves and a mid-range jumper.

Gobert was absolutely phenomenal this season after being thrust into the starting unit following the Enes Kanter trade, and he posted averages of 10.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and a whopping 2.8 blocks per game with the starting unit. Gobert added that his mid-range jumper is on point, and now it's just about taking them in games. He also said that while he will not be participating in Summer League, he will play international ball over the summer (Euro championships and Olympic qualifying). He's going to be an early-round selection next season.
Apr 16 - 6:44 PM

Trevor Booker said he would like to return with the Jazz next season.

The Jazz have a team option on Booker for next season, so it'll be interesting to see if they pick that up. He does fit well in Utah's system, and he is a quality reserve to have, so there's a chance he remains in Utah. However, as long as Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are healthy, Booker will have zero fantasy value in standard leagues.
Apr 16 - 6:26 PM

Alec Burks stated during his exit interview on Thursday that he hopes he's "the missing piece" for the Jazz to realize their playoff aspirations.

Burks also gave an update on his shoulder injury, saying: "I can dribble and shoot and things, but I can't play contact for another three months. So when that starts I'll really see where my shoulder's at." Burks only made it through 27 games during the 2014-15 season, and his production dipped slightly from the previous year as he posted averages of 13.9 points, 3.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 40.3 percent shooting from the field. He's going to have to compete with Rodney Hood for minutes next season, and he's really not much more than a low-end guy in standard leagues.
Apr 16 - 5:53 PM

Gordon Hayward said that the playoffs are a definite goal for the Jazz next season.

This is a very reasonable expectation considering after the Enes Kanter trade the Jazz emerged as one of the best defensive teams in the league. Hayward also said that head coach Quin Snyder helped him with his midrange game and reading pick and rolls, but he still feels there's a lot of room for improvement. Hayward had a career-year with Utah this season, posting averages of 19.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 three-pointers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field. He should be off the board in the early rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 16 - 2:39 PM

Trey Burke made 1-of-11 from the field for four points against the Rockets during a 117-91 loss on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

Well, this awful game dropped him to just 36.8 percent from the field in his sophomore season. Burke was once again one of the worst players in the paint this season thanks to making just 39.3 percent of his 321 attempts from there. That's even worse considering he had a 23.7 usage rate this season. He has a lot of work to do this offseason. Unless something crazy happens, he's not someone to target in standard drafts.
Apr 15 - 11:57 PM

Trevor Booker had some knee issues on Wednesday and did not play.

He had a really good run heading into tonight, but it's important to remember Booker is a little injury prone. Still, he's been a nice little addition this season for the Jazz.
Apr 15 - 11:53 PM

Derrick Favors played just nine minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and two turnovers.

This game is going to hurt his average a bit. In his previous 24 games since the break, Favors averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.8 turnovers on 50.2 percent from the field. He'll be a fantasy stud next season.
Apr 15 - 11:47 PM

Rudy Gobert played 24 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, eight boards, one steal and three blocks.

He had such a great season and is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player. Gobert is arguably the best rim protector in the NBA thanks to keeping his man 11.9 percent below his season average on field goal percentage this season (shots less than 10 feet). He's a decent bet to lead the NBA in rebounds and blocks next season, which makes him a second-round target. Plus, playing in 82 games this year is big time.
Apr 15 - 11:44 PM

Gordon Hayward (Achilles) will not play on Wednesday, as expected.

He was ruled out for the season on Monday but the Jazz still had him listed as 'questionable' and then 'doubtful', so this is simply to confirm that Hayward isn't playing. Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles will start on the wings as the Jazz wrap up their season vs. the Rockets.
Apr 15 - 8:18 PM

Trey Burke (back) will play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

The Jazz could see their position in the lottery change tonight, but they've already ruined their chances as one of the best teams since the break -- they are a top-five team for net rating. Burke is still a risky fantasy option. Bryce Cotton loses some appeal after playing the game of his life.
Apr 15 - 6:36 PM

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