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Jae Crowder Objects To Celtics' Fans Cheering For Gordon Hayward

Jan 4, 2017 12:01 PM

Jae Crowder objected to the way fans of the Boston Celtics cheered for Gordon Hayward before Tuesday's game at TD Garden.

Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.

Crowder responded with maybe his best game of the season, scoring 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while making all but one of the six 3-pointers that he put up over 35 minutes of floor time as part of Boston's 115-104 victory.

"I heard the cheering before the game. I didn't like that at all," said Crowder. "I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me."

"I just felt disrespected," Crowder added.

Crowder is in the second year of a five-year, $35 million deal that he signed with the Celtics in July 2015. 

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Gordon Hayward Will Prioritize Competing For Title As Free Agent

Dec 14, 2016 1:36 PM

Gordon Hayward said he will prioritize contending for a title as a free agent this offseason.

Hayward will surely have several max contract offers on the open market while the Utah Jazz can offer ore money and an extra guaranteed season.

The Jazz want to get healthy and demonstrate to Hayward that they have a nucleus capable of competing for a title.

"It comes down to where I can compete for a title," he said. "Where I live -- that doesn't affect me. The limelight doesn't matter to me. I just want to make a run at it."

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Clippers Pursued Sign-And-Trade For Gordon Hayward In 2014

Dec 14, 2016 1:27 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers explored a sign-and-trade deal for Gordon Hayward in 2014 when he was a restricted free agent. Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets that was matched by the Jazz.

Doc Rivers is an admirer of Hayward's game and the Clippers have long had a hole at small forward.

The Clippers won't have an easy path to max cap space to pursue Hayward as they also have to contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick in 2017.

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Jazz Prioritizing Extension For George Hill Over Derrick Favors

Nov 18, 2016 11:07 AM

The Utah 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 Favors.

Hill has emerged as Utah's priority when it comes to an extension as he will become a free agent this offseason.

The Jazz can increase Hill's salary for the current season while also bringing his starting salary for a new deal next year up to more than $22.5 million.

Utah traded a lottery pick in June to acquire Hill.

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George Hill, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week

Nov 7, 2016 3:12 PM

LeBron James and George Hill have been named the NBA Players of the Week for games played between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.

Hill averaged 20.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds last week while leading the Jazz to a 3-1 record. Utah has a 4-0 record when Hill scores at least 20 points.

James averaged 24.7 points, 11.3 assists and 9.3 rebounds as the Cavaliers went 3-0.

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Gordon Hayward Returning From Broken Finger On Sunday

Nov 5, 2016 7:06 PM

Gordon Hayward will make his season debut on Sunday against the New York Knicks.

Hayward has been out since breaking his left ring finger during the preseason.

The Utah Jazz have been starting Joe Johnson in place of Hayward and have posted a 3-3 record.

Hayward's initial diagnosis indicated that he would be out for six weeks. If he plays against the Knicks on Sunday, he will have made it back in just over the four week mark.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

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George Hill Open To Discussing Extension With Jazz

Nov 3, 2016 1:52 PM

George Hill has interest in signing an extension with the Utah Jazz before he otherwise hits free agency.

Hill is making $8 million in the final season of his current contract.

"If that's the case, then I would be very interested in that," Hill said. "But I'm going to let them take care of that and just do what I can control." 

Hill was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Jazz in the offseason.

"I'm not the type of guy that likes to move around and go from team to team," said Hill. "I really like it here. My family likes it here. I've got some friends here. The city's been great for me so far, and it's a nice place to raise a family, so hopefully I get an opportunity to re-sign here if they would love me to be here."

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Tags: George Hill, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Alec Burks Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Another Ankle Surgery

Nov 2, 2016 12:45 PM

Alec Burks will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

Burks has been rehabbing his left ankle that was injured last December with a surgery in January and another procedure in June.

The surgery Tuesday was to “clean out some debris” in his lower leg.

Burks has been practicing and apparently looking healthy, but would experience pain again after a certain amount of time.

“That fall was major trauma … and there certainly has been some residual effect,” said Lindsey, referring to the foul by Paul Pierce on Burks last Dec. 26. “We were really patient with him this summer. We did a lot of imaging. When he would hit a certain threshold, he started to experience some pain.”

Mike Sorensen/Deseret News

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi/Hill Trade 'Good For Both Teams'

Nov 2, 2016 11:46 AM

Kawhi Leonard has become one of the NBA's best players but Gregg Popovich maintains the San Antonio Spurs' trade of George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for Leonard benefitted both teams.

The Pacers traded Hill to the Utah Jazz this offseason after he helped them reach two Eastern Conference Finals.

"Yeah, that was tough [to trade Hill]," Popovich said. "I always made the joke with you guys that he was my favorite player. Then I called my favorite player and told him he wasn't here anymore. So that was real tough. But those kinds of trades are the best because it worked out for both teams. It was what Indiana needed, and it was what we needed, and it worked out. A lot of trades, one team will say, 'Oh, we killed them on that trade. We got the better end of that.' That's just childish. It was a good trade for both teams."

The Jazz value Hill's veteran presence.

"You probably can't value it enough, just having a guy who when he has the ball kind of calms everybody," Quin Snyder said of Hill. "He knows what to say and what to do. I know for me it's terrific to have somebody you can communicate with on the floor and who can relay [the message]."

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Rudy Gobert Agrees To Four-Year, $102M Deal With Jazz
The Jazz will avoid restricted free agency on Rudy Gobert in July, when he likely would’ve found an offer sheet for a four-year, $110 million maximum contract.

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Trey Burke Has Held No Extension Talks With Wizards
Trey Burke's PER in 15-16 hit 14.0 in a reserve role with the Jazz.

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Derrick Favors To Miss Utah's Season Opener
Derrick Favors will miss the regular season opener for the Jazz against the Blazers due to a bone bruise and IT band soreness in his left knee.

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Jazz Waive Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson appeared in all six preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.2 minutes.

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Dunc'd On: Utah Jazz Season Outlook w/ David Locke
David Locke, Utah Jazz radioman, joins for a season outlook on the Jazz.

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Rudy Gobert Remains Strong Candidate To Sign Extension Before Deadline
Rudy Gobert was the 27th overall pick and has become one of the NBA's best defensive centers.

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Jazz Waive Eric Dawson, Quincy Ford, Marcus Paige
Following the moves, Utah's roster now stands at 17 players.

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Celtics Continue To Have Real Interest In Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $63 million offer sheet with Charlotte in 2014 that was matched by the Jazz.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division.

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Gordon Hayward Out Six Weeks With Broken Finger
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz in scoring last season at 19.7 points per game.

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Jazz Sign Henry Sims To Camp Deal
Henry Sims averaged 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and one block in 14 games for the Nets last season.

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Jazz Promote Richard Smith, Bart Taylor
The Jazz have promoted Richard Smith to executive director of international scouting and Bart Taylor to Jazz director of scouting/Salt Lake City Stars vice president of basketball operations.

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Jazz Working Out Jabari Brown
Jabari Brown averaged 32.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 27 games in China last season.

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Jeff Withey Expected To Earn Final Roster Spot For Jazz
Jeff Withey has a contract that will become guaranteed in January.

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Jazz Sign Quincy Ford To Partially Guaranteed Deal
The Jazz like Quincy Ford's versatility ability to play multiple positions and his positional size.

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Jazz Trade Tibor Pleiss To 76ers For Kendall Marshall In Salary Dump
The Jazz plan to waive Kendall Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

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Jazz Sought Improvement Without Risking Long-Term Cap Flexibility
The Jazz improved this offseason with the acquisition of veterans George Hill, Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw.

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Rudy Gobert, Jazz Postpone Extension Talks Until After Olympics
As a member of the 2013 NBA Draft class, Rudy Gobert is now eligible for an extension coming off his rookie deal.

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Jazz Acquire Boris Diaw In Trade With Spurs
The Spurs needed to clear cap space in order to sign Pau Gasol.

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Jazz Trade Trey Burke To Wizards For 2nd Rounder In 2021
The Jazz traded for George Hill this offseason and they also have Dante Exum returning from his torn ACL.

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