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Bucks To Hire Justin Zanik As GM In Waiting

May 28, 2016 9:36 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will hire Justin Zanik to eventually succeed John Hammond as general manager.

Zanik has been serving as assistant general manager of the Utah Jazz.

Zanik was previously a player agent and has since developed a strong reputation as a front office executive.

Hammond was part of the Bucks' ownership process that identified Zanik as a candidate and then recruited him.

A timetable on the succession plan is still unclear.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Plan $100M Renovation Of Vivint Arena

May 21, 2016 10:09 PM

The Utah Jazz plan on conducting a $100 million renovation of the Vivint Arena.

The NBA has privately suggested the Jazz start from scratch on building a new arena, but the Miller family believe a renovation is their best viable option.

“Ownership has been taking steps to ensure its world-class status and exploring options on how to invest in the facility that can be the home of the Utah Jazz and provide best-in-class guest experiences,” Frank Zang, Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment senior vice president of communications, told the Deseret News.

Jazz president Steve Starks said the organization has been studying the possibilities and has engaged in conversations about the arena’s future for years.

“Over the last year, we made the determination to take that discussion to the next level,” said Starks, who recently took over for retired team president Randy Rigby, in a phone interview with the Deseret News.

Jody Genessy/Deseret News

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Quin Snyder Signs Multi-Year Extension With Jazz

May 6, 2016 12:11 PM

The Utah Jazz have agreed upon a long-term contract extension with Quin Snyder.

Snyder became head coach of the Jazz in 2014.

Snyder has yet to lead the Jazz to a playoff berth though they nearly finished with the eighth seed despite an injury filled season in 15-16.

“With this contract extension, we are declaring our confidence in Coach Snyder’s ability to continue to develop the Utah Jazz into a championship team,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “The Miller family recognizes the significant progress made under his leadership and we are excited about the direction we are headed.”

“We have continued to take significant steps as a team under Quin’s direction,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “His work ethic, basketball intelligence and ability to connect with and develop our players make him the ideal head coach of the Jazz.”

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Jerry Sloan Suffering From Parkinson's, Lewy Body Dementia

Apr 7, 2016 12:35 AM

Jerry Sloan is suffering from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Lewy body dementia is a neurological disorder that manifests itself as difficulty with memory, problem solving, planning and analytical thinking. 

Sloan is now 74 and stepped down as head coach of the Utah Jazz in 2011.

In 2013, Sloan returned to the Jazz as an adviser.

Steve Luhm/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA

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Quin Snyder: Spurs Remarkable For Adaptability

Apr 6, 2016 10:28 AM

Quin Snyder complimented the adaptability of Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.

Snyder was head coach of the Austin Spurs from 2007 until 2010 and was part of the Spurs' general ecosystem.

"I think one of the many remarkable things about Coach Pop and the Spurs is their adaptability," Snyder said. "If you think a short time ago, they set the bar on a style of play, the ball movement and the spacing and the passing and the cutting.

"The fact that Golden State's doing more of that now, to me, is indicative of Golden State's team and how good they are and the way they play. It fits their personnel. And now the way San Antonio plays is reflective of their personnel, and I just think it shows ... more evidence of how good Coach Pop is at figuring out how to use players in a way that they can be most successful.

"I think the consistent part is their defense," he said of the Spurs' success. "Their defense is good every year and looks relatively the same in that they're hard to score against. And offensively, I feel like, to me, teams adjust to what they're good at. You don't see National League (baseball) teams that play in massive ballparks getting away from pitching and defense. You're gonna reflect what your surroundings are."

Randy Hollis/Deseret News

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Idaho Stampede Relocating To Salt Lake City

Apr 4, 2016 12:00 PM

The Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League team owned and operated by the Utah Jazz, will relocate to Salt Lake City beginning with the 2016-17 season.

The team will be known as the Salt Lake City Stars, paying tribute to its American Basketball Association roots from 1970-76 when the Utah Stars won the league championship in 1971, and to the Utah Starzz, the WNBA team based in Salt Lake City from 1997-2002. A new logo highlighting the navy and gold color scheme of the Utah Jazz with a nod to the community’s basketball history was also unveiled.

The Salt Lake City Stars will play their home games at Salt Lake Community College, located less than 10 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. The 5,000-seat Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena on Redwood Road has been the previous site of the Rocky Mountain Revue NBA Summer League.

“We are thrilled to bring an NBA D-League team to Salt Lake City and in close proximity to the Utah Jazz,” said Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. “The Salt Lake City Stars will provide further opportunities to promote the game of basketball, extend the reach of the Jazz, and engage with our surrounding communities in new ways.”

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Jazz Had Exploratory Talks At Deadline For Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague

Mar 22, 2016 12:31 PM

The Utah Jazz explored trade talks at the deadline for both Jeff Teague and Jrue Holiday.

But the talks went nowhere as the asking price of the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans were considered too high for their veteran point guards.

The Jazz remain confident in Dante Exum, who has missed the entire 15-16 season with a torn ACL.

The Jazz could explore acquiring a veteran point guard again in June or July.

Utah ultimately traded for Shelvin Mack at the deadline.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Jeff Teague, Jrue Holiday, Dante Exum, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gordon Hayward Day-To-Day With Plantar Fasciitis

Mar 14, 2016 7:11 PM

Gordon Hayward is day-to-day with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

In consultation with the Jazz medical staff, it has been determined that the best course of action is for Hayward to undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation. 

Hayward has appeared in all 66 Jazz games this season (all starts), and leads the team in scoring (20.1) and assists (3.7), while adding 4.9 rebounds in a team-high 36.2 minutes per game. He is one of just four players in the NBA averaging at least 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting at least 35.0 percent from behind the three-point line. The 25-year-old career Jazzman was originally selected by Utah in the first round (ninth overall selection) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

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Shelvin Mack Traded By Hawks To Jazz

Feb 18, 2016 12:57 PM

The Utah Jazz have acquired Shelvin Mack in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for a second round pick.

The Jazz have been looking for more depth at point guard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Shelvin Mack, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets, Jazz Move On From Casual Ty Lawson Talks
The Rockets have shopped Ty Lawson but won't buy him out if he's not traded.

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Rockets Will Consider Waiving Ty Lawson If No Trade Materializes
The Rockets are in talks on Ty Lawson with the Jazz.

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Rockets Pitching Ty Lawson Trade To Jazz
The Jazz need a point guard and the Rockets have pitched them on Ty Lawson.

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Erick Green Signs 2nd 10-Day Deal With Jazz
Erick Green signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 26 and has appeared in two games, averaging 2.0 points in 3.0 minutes.

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Erick Green Named D-League Player Of The Month For January
Erick Green 27.6 points, 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in January for Reno.

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Jazz To Sign Erick Green To 10-Day Contract
Erick Green has been playing for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

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Elijah Millsap Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv
Elijah Millsap was waived this month by the Jazz.

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Jazz Sign J.J. O'Brien To 10-Day Contract
J.J. O'Brien has been playing for the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.

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Jazz Waive Elijah Millsap
The Jazz have waived Elijah Millsap before his contract guarantee date.

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Alec Burks Undergoes Surgery On Fractured Left Fibula
Alec Burk will be out indefinitely following his surgery.

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Alec Burks Out At Least Six Weeks With Fractured Ankle
Alec Burks suffered the injury when fouled by Paul Pierce, landing awkwardly.

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Rudy Gobert Out Indefinitely With MCL Sprain In Left Knee
Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely with a left knee injury but he won't need surgery.

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Linda Luchetti Named Utah's VP Of Basketball Operations
Linda Luchetti joins the Jazz front office in a senior management position and will report directly to general manager Dennis Lindsey.

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Eric Atkins, Phil Pressey Waived By Jazz
The Jazz have waived guards Eric Atkins and Phil Pressey.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Jazz Sign Eric Atkins, Claim Phil Pressey Off Waivers
Eric Atkins spent the 2014-15 season with KAOD BC of Greece, averaging 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 23.4 minutes of action.

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Phil Pressey Claimed Off Waivers By Jazz
Phil Pressey was waived before the start of the regular season by the Blazers.

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Jazz Sign E.J. Singler
E.J. Singler spent the 2014-15 season with BC Kalev/Cramo of Estonia, appearing in 60 games, averaging 6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.2 minutes.

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Jazz Waive Bryce Cotton, Treveon Graham
Following the moves, Utah's roster now stands at 15 players.

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Jazz Exercise Options On Gobert, Exum, Hood, Burke
The Jazz have exercised their third-year team options for Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, as well as its fourth-year options on Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert.

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