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Rudy Gobert Criticizes Unspecified Teammates For Playing Selfishly

Mar 26, 2017 12:03 PM

Rudy Gobert publicly criticized some of his Utah Jazz teammates for playing selfishly during their 108-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We've got guys that compete, but some of us don't compete. Some of us just think about scoring," Gobert told ESPN after Utah's fourth loss in its past five games. "That's what it is.

"Coach keeps repeating it: We've just got to compete. We're too nice. Those guys, we know they're going to get calls. We've just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight."

"It's something we've talked about," Quin Snyder said. "It's a question for our guys, frankly. We can give enough attention to it and talk about it. Ultimately, when we step on the floor, we have to be ready to play with a level of intensity.

"It's not that we're not playing hard. We don't necessarily play hard together when we need to. I think that type of collective effort, when you get in big games against good teams and physical teams, that's what you need."

Gordon Hayward was not made available to the media after the game.

Gobert did not single out any teammates for criticism, but he did express support for Hayward after Hayward had an off game, going scoreless until less than five minutes remained in the first half. Hayward finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

"Gordon is going to be fine," Gobert said. "He's human. There's going to be some games where he don't make shots. I keep telling him to stay aggressive and try to make the right play and everything comes. I think he did a good job in the second half. We've just got to be there for each other."

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing

Mar 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important after Wednesday's game.

Hayward will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"You know I think every player has different situations for reasons why they leave or stay,” he said. “I think it's definitely cool when guys play their whole career in one city. I grew up watching the Pacers, and Reggie Miller stayed there his whole career. He was a guy that everybody looked up to, so I think it's definitely cool. But, like I said, every situation is different, every player has different things going on, so you can't blame players one way or the other for staying or changing."

When Hayward was a restricted free agent in 2014, he signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the then-Charlotte Bobcats that the Utah Jazz matched.

The Jazz can offer Hayward a fifth year and also 7.5 percent raises.

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Dennis Lindsey: Rudy Gobert's Desire To Be Good As Unique As His Standing Reach

Mar 16, 2017 12:31 PM

The Utah Jazz were struck by how Rudy Gobert wanted to improve, even in pregame warmups when they were scouting him in 2013.

"He was working on completely the wrong stuff," Lindsey said.

Gobert was raw with a 9-foot-7 standing reach.

"I know this sounds crazy, but it's proven to be true to date: His want to be good is as unique as his wingspan and standing reach," Dennis Lindsey said.

Gobert slid in the draft to 27th as he struggled in several workouts.

"He was lost going into that jungle of the workouts," agent Bouna Ndiaye said. "In Chicago, he was bad. He was really bad."

"He likes to play. Like, he enjoys playing," said Alex Jensen, the Jazz assistant coach who works individually with Gobert. "I think a lot of big guys kind of fall into it because of just being big, but he likes to play and he wants to be good. It sounds simple, but it's rare. It's not the norm."

The Jazz paid $3 million to purchase a late first round pick in what was considered a weak draft.

"We got lucky there," Lindsey said. "If we were so smart, we would have moved to the top of the draft."

The Jazz signed Gobert to an extension before the start of the 16-17 season.

"We hope," Lindsey says, "that he's the Utah Jazz version of Bill Russell."

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Deron Williams Intrigued By Finishing Career Back With Utah

Mar 2, 2017 10:38 AM

Deron Williams decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his buyout from the Dallas Mavericks, but he also considered the Utah Jazz.

Williams is intrigued by the possibility of finishing his career with the Jazz. Williams, who was drafted by the Jazz in 2005, still maintains a home in the Salt Lake City area.

Utah inquired about Williams when the Mavs were trying to trade the veteran point guard last week.

Williams was traded by the Jazz to the Brooklyn Nets in 2011.

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Jazz Unable To Agree Upon Extension With George Hill

Feb 28, 2017 2:13 PM

The Utah Jazz were unable to agree upon a contract extension with George Hill.

The Jazz could have given Hill the remainder of their cap space this season and an extension of up to three years with annual raises of 7.5 percent.

The best offer Utah could make to Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season, which computes to a three-year, $74.7 million extension plus $13.6 million this season.

The Jazz remain interested in re-signing Hill in the offseason. Hill was advised he can get a much better deal on the open market than he could at this time with an extension.

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George Hill, Jazz In Talks On Extension

Feb 28, 2017 1:06 PM

The Utah Jazz and George Hill are engaged in talks on a contract extension before Tuesday's deadline.

Hill has recently declined to discuss a potential contract extension but told ESPN in November that he was "very interested" in the idea. Sources said the Jazz are determined to keep Hill for the long term even if extension terms can't be reached Tuesday and Hill decides he would rather test the open market starting July 1.

The Jazz can give Hill the remainder of their cap space this season and an extension of up to three years with annual raises of 7.5 percent.

The best offer Utah can make Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season, which computes to a three-year, $74.7 million extension plus $13.6 million this season.

 

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut

Feb 26, 2017 1:56 AM

Andrew Bogut is engaged in buyout talks with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston and Utah have had discussions with Bogut’s representatives over the last 24 hours.

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Jazz Reach Out To Mavs On Trading For Deron Williams

Feb 21, 2017 8:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have expressed interest to the Dallas Mavericks in trading for Deron Williams.

Williams was traded by the Jazz in 2011 to the Nets.

Williams signed with the Mavericks in the 2015 offseason after agreeing upon a buyout with the Nets. Williams will be a free agent at the end of the current season.

During the 16-17 season, Williams is averaging 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.

The Jazz also have George Hill and Dante Exum on their depth chart at point guard.

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Jazz Testing Trade Market For Derrick Favors

Feb 20, 2017 9:20 PM

The Utah Jazz have tested the trade market of Derrick Favors over the past few weeks.

The Jazz have been preferring Rudy Gobert while also moving away from playing him with Derrick Favors.

Utah's level of seriousness on dealing Favors is unclear.

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Jazz Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Qualtrics

Feb 13, 2017 3:46 PM

The Utah Jazz have sold their jersey sponsorship to Qualtrics, a Utah-based data and analytics research firm.

Instead of the Qualtrics logo on the jersey, a 5 For The Fight logo will be on the jerseys for at least the first season of the three-year deal between the two sides. 5 For The Fight is a charitable organization trying to eliminate cancer with $5 donations at a time with the goal of raising at least $50 million.

The Jazz are the first to forsake a corporate logo for a charitable one.

“This is the right thing to do,” Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith said. “As much as I would love to put Qualtrics on it, this idea of raising $50 million for cancer research was something we couldn’t stop thinking about it. The Jazz were open to our ideas and how we wanted to use the patch.”

“If you think about the symmetry … 5 For the Fight and five players on the court working together as a team and then you think about our fans who feel pride when they buy that jersey, now they can feel pride about the cause that that team is affiliated with and something we can all rally behind,” Jazz president Steve Starks said. “We think it’s really special and an opportunity to use the Jazz as a platform to do good. Credit to Qualtrics for thinking creatively and altruistically.”

 

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