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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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Jazz To Be Placed In Family-Run 'Legacy' Trust

Jan 23, 2017 4:02 PM

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies owner and chairman Gail Miller announced Monday she will transfer ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint SmartHome Arena to a legacy fund.

Miller called the transfer "an unprecedented move" that will ensure the Jazz will "remain in Utah for generations to come."

Miller, 73, has been the head of the corporation since the death of her husband, the late Larry H. Miller, in 2009. Forbes has called Miller the richest person in the state of Utah, with a net worth estimated around $1.7 billion.

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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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Tags: Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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

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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.

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George Hill Open To Discussing Extension With Jazz
George Hill is making $8 million in the final season of his current contract.

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Alec Burks Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Another Ankle Surgery
Alec Burks has been rehabbing his left ankle that was injured last December with a surgery in January and another procedure in June.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi/Hill Trade 'Good For Both Teams'
The Pacers traded George Hill to the Jazz this offseason after he helped them reach two Eastern Conference Finals.

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the NBA's rookie scale extension and option deadline.

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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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