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Utah May Be Unwilling To Match Rival Offers For George Hill

May 19, 2017 1:22 AM

While the Utah Jazz are preparing to do everything within their power to re-sign Gordon Hayward this offseason, the free agency of George Hill is a priority that will have limitations.

Dennis Lindsey is adamant in wanting to re-sign Hill, but he acknowledged the Jazz won't be able to match all offers he might receive.

“I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, ‘you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go,” Lindsey said. “He helped us.”

Hill had a highly productive first season with the Jazz after coming over from the Indiana Pacers via trade.

The Jazz and Hill were unable to agree upon an extension during the season.

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Jazz Will Do Everything Possible To Re-Sign Gordon Hayward

May 19, 2017 1:18 AM

Dennis Lindsey's top priority this offseason is to re-sign Gordon Hayward for the Utah Jazz.

“It goes without saying that every fiber of our collective soul as the Utah Jazz want him back,” Lindsey said. “We think it’s a great fit. You can’t force a marriage, it’s got to be both ways. But we’re very comfortable with where we’re at.”

The Jazz have several advantages in what they can offer Hayward, who will receive max contract offers from multiple teams.

“It’s not like we can legally come to an agreement right now,” Lindsey said.

“What we told him is, he’s us,” Lindsey said. “All that development stuff . . . using our facilities and using (assistant coach) Johnnie Bryant as the lead guy in his development. When Gordon committed last summer, there was a very detailed plan.”

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Gordon Hayward Undecided About Opt Out

May 10, 2017 1:33 AM

Gordon Hayward has yet to decide if he will opt out of his contract to become a free agent.

"It's hard to think about right now, just because of the season we've had and everything we've gone through," he said at his end-of-season availability. "Today it still feels like you're looking toward the next game, looking toward the next opponent. That's obviously over. But it's hard to shut that off right away."

Hayward has enjoyed his time in Salt Lake City, joining the Utah Jazz in 2010.

"It's been so much fun for me here in Utah. Kind of growing up here, starting a family," he said, adding later: "I have nothing but love for everybody here in Utah."

Hayward is expected to receive interest from the Boston Celtics amongst a number of other teams.

"We certainly want him to continue here. There's certainly a lot of good things happening here," Quin Snyder said.


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Steve Kerr Won't Coach Games 3, 4 In Utah

May 5, 2017 12:23 AM

Steve Kerr will not travel to Salt Lake City with the Golden State Warriors as he continues to battle complications due to his back surgery in 2015.

Mike Brown will coach the Warriors for both Games 3 and 4.

The Warriors are unsure if Kerry will be healthy enough to return to the sidelines during the playoffs. Kerr has been seen by specialists as he deals with severe headaches and nausea. 

Kerr last coached the Warriors in Game 2 of the first round.

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George Hill Out For Game 2 With Sore Big Toe

May 4, 2017 2:04 PM

George Hill will not play in Game 2 for the Utah Jazz due to a sore big toe.

The Jazz figure to give more minutes to Dante Exum, Shelvin Mack and Raul Neto with Hill out.

Utah trails the Golden State Warriors 0-1.

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Jazz Signed Quin Snyder To Five-Year Extension In 2016

May 1, 2017 10:23 AM

The Utah Jazz signed Quin Snyder to a long-term contract extension in May of 2016 after narrowly missing the playoffs. 

Snyder and the Jazz returned to the playoffs a season later and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.

"I am very grateful for this gesture by the Miller family and the Utah Jazz and appreciative of their belief in me to continue to lead this team," Snyder said in a statement at the time. "(My wife) Amy and I are fortunate to be a part of a franchise and family that cares deeply for our community, stays true to its values and is committed to winning.

"More than anything, it is confirmation of our collective commitment to building a championship team."

According to sources, Snyder's extension in 2016 was for five seasons.

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Dennis Lindsey Turned Down Other GM Jobs Before Joining Jazz In 2012

May 1, 2017 10:20 AM

Working as R.C. Buford's assistant general manager with the San Antonio Spurs, Dennis Lindsey turned down GM jobs with other teams before joining the Utah Jazz in 2012.

Lindsey chose the Jazz because the ownership group reminded him of the Holt family, who own the Spurs.

“The credit goes to the Millers,” Lindsey told The Vertical on Sunday night. “If they would’ve set up short-term objectives, I would’ve capitulated to very short-term moves.

“Greg Miller pulled me aside soon after I was hired and told me, ‘We’re operators, not traders. We’re value spaced, so we want to do something that’s fundamentally sound.’ That – and having [consultant and ex-GM] Kevin O’Connor sitting next to me – gave a young executive a sense of calm.”

With the time to build a sustainable winner, Lindsey let Paul Millsap leave in free agency as they developed a young roster built around Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood.

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Gordon Hayward 100 Percent Recovered From Food Poisoning

Apr 25, 2017 5:20 PM

Gordon Hayward is back to feeling 100 percent for Game 5 after he suffered food poisoning for Game 4.

"I haven't been that sick in years, maybe ever," Hayward said.

"Went back, slept it off, and the next morning felt tremendously better," Hayward said. "I'm back to normal."

Hayward's wife picked up a sandwich from an unnamed establishment that led to the food poisoning.

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Rudy Gobert Returns For Game 4

Apr 23, 2017 8:46 PM

Rudy Gobert will return for Game 4 after missing Games 2 and 3.

Gobert hyperextended his left knee and suffered a bone bruise in the first possession of the series.

Gobert's injury had forced Derrick Favors, who has been limited all season due to a bone bruise in his left knee, into the starting center role.

Gobert is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.


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Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 3, Jazz May Use Hack-A Strategy

Apr 20, 2017 6:45 PM

The Utah Jazz have ruled out Rudy Gobert with Game 3.

Gobert was injured in the opening seconds of Game 1 with a hyperextended knee.

The Jazz are considering a Hack-A-Clippers strategy to help defend the Clippers, who scored 60 points in the paint in Game 2.

"I think we have to consider every situation," Quin Snyder said. "There are a lot of factors that go into it, from whether we are in the bonus to time and score. It's certainly something that we're well aware of."

"Whatever coach wants to do, I'm definitely on board with,"  Derrick Favors said. "We trust coach. Honestly, I want to win and do whatever it takes."

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Jeff Withey's Ex-Fiancee Files Police Report Alleging Domestic Violence
Law enforcement sources confirm the report was filed in Manhattan Beach on Tuesday.


Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 2
Without Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors is expected to be the starter at the center spot.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Rudy Gobert Suffers No Ligament Damage To Left Knee
Rudy Gobert has been diagnosed with a left knee hyperextension and bone contusion.

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Rudy Gobert Criticizes Unspecified Teammates For Playing Selfishly
Rudy Gobert publicly criticized some of his Jazz teammates for playing selfishly during their 108-95 loss to the Clippers.

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing
Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important.

Jeff Rhineer/Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Dennis Lindsey: Rudy Gobert's Desire To Be Good As Unique As His Standing Reach
The Jazz were struck by how Rudy Gobert wanted to improve, even in pregame warmups when they were scouting him in 2013.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Deron Williams Intrigued By Finishing Career Back With Utah
Deron Williams, who was drafted by the Jazz in 2005, still maintains a home in the Salt Lake City area.

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Jazz Unable To Agree Upon Extension With George Hill
The Jazz remain interested in re-signing George Hill in the offseason.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

George Hill, Jazz In Talks On Extension
The best offer Utah can make George Hill is for $88.3 million to be committed to the Jazz through the 2019-20 season.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Jazz Reach Out To Mavs On Trading For Deron Williams
Deron Williams was traded by the Jazz in 2011 to the Nets.

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Jazz Testing Trade Market For Derrick Favors
Utah's level of seriousness on dealing Derrick Favors is unclear.

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Jazz Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Qualtrics
The Jazz are the first to forsake a corporate logo for a charitable one.

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Jazz To Be Placed In Family-Run 'Legacy' Trust
Gail Miller called the transfer "an unprecedented move" that will ensure the Jazz will "remain in Utah for generations to come."

Aaron Falk/Salt Lake Tribune

Jae Crowder Objects To Celtics' Fans Cheering For Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.

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Gordon Hayward Will Prioritize Competing For Title As Free Agent
The Jazz want to get healthy and demonstrate to Gordon Hayward that they have a nucleus capable of competing for a title.

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Clippers Pursued Sign-And-Trade For Gordon Hayward In 2014
Doc Rivers is an admirer of Gordon Hayward's game and the Clippers have long had a hole at small forward.

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Jazz Prioritizing Extension For George Hill Over Derrick Favors
The Jazz still possess more than $13 million in cap space, which could allow the team to agree upon an in-season contract extension with George Hill or Derrick Favor

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George Hill, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James and George Hill have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

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Gordon Hayward Returning From Broken Finger On Sunday
Gordon Hayward is returning after four weeks instead of six.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune