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Rudy Gobert Glad Jazz Didn't Try To Tank

Mar 18, 2018 2:00 PM

Rudy Gobert is relieved the Utah Jazz didn't choose to rebuild following the departure of Gordon Hayward in free agency.

“We're past that point,” Gobert told USA TODAY Sports recently about how they recovered from the loss of Hayward last summer. “It doesn't matter who's with me, or who's not with me. I'm just trying to win. I'm not worried about that.”


The Jazz have been buoyed by Donovan Mitchell, who the Jazz traded up to select in last year's draft.

“Just try to teach players how to make winning plays, not only good basketball plays but winning plays,” Gobert said in explaining coach Quin Snyder’s system. “Teach every single one to help the team win games. A lot of teams are very good doing skill work, strength work. But if you want to win, you have to teach a player how to win. That's why I don't believe in tanking, all that stuff. I believe you learn how to win by winning. You don't learn how to win by losing on purpose to get a 19-year-old who you've never seen."

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David Stockton Signs 10-Day Contract With Jazz

Mar 16, 2018 10:44 PM

David Stockton has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz.

Stockton had been playing with the Reno Big Horns of the G League, averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 assists per game.

Stockton briefly played in the NBA in 2015 with the Kings.

One of Utah's scouts, David Fredman, has been recommending a Stockton call-up to GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder

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Jazz Assign Dante Exum To G League As Part Of Late Stage Rehab

Mar 13, 2018 1:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have assigned Dante Exum to the G League for a rehab stint.

Exum will participate in a closed practice on a rehab assignment as part of his last stage in return to play protocol. 

Exum underwent surgery to stabilize the AC joint in his left shoulder on Oct. 24, 2017 after suffering the injury in a preseason game against Phoenix on Oct. 6. 

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Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month

Mar 2, 2018 11:31 AM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Simmons won the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for the second consecutive month and the third time this season. In February, he led East rookies in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) and paced all first-year NBA players in assists (7.7 apg). He also tied for the rookie lead in steals (2.00 spg) and ranked third among that group in field goal percentage (55.0). The 6-10 guard/forward from Australia helped the 76ers to an 8-3 record for the month, the second-best mark in the East.

Mitchell earned the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for the third month in a row. In February, he averaged a rookie-high 21.4 points to go with 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.30 steals in 10 games as Utah went 8-2 with him in the lineup and 9-2 overall. He topped all first-year NBA players with 29 three-pointers made and led West rookies with 29 free throws made.

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Jazz Submit Bid To Host 2022 Or 2023 NBA All-Star Game

Feb 23, 2018 3:36 PM

The Utah Jazz have submitted a formal bid to host the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star Game.

Vivint Smart Home Arena recently underwent an extensive series of renovations. 

“On behalf of the State of Utah, we are committed to the hard work of bringing the NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “We know this about the Miller family, Utah Jazz organization, and our state -- the NBA All-Star Game will be above the rim and the NBA family will fall in love again with the great people of our state.”

“We are very excited and well prepared to bring back the NBA All-Star Game to Vivint Smart Home Arena,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “We are a vibrant, diverse and culturally rich community that knows how to celebrate the experience of sport. Our 2002 Olympic Winter Games remain the standard against which all other Olympic Winter Games are measured." 

The 2023 All-Star Weekend would be the 30th anniversary of the 1993 game in Salt Lake City when Karl Malone and John Stockton were the co-MVPs.

“The 1993 NBA All-Star Game was memorable for many reasons. Our new arena was just two years old, and we were so proud to welcome the NBA family into our new home,” said Greg Miller, NBA Board of Governors member. “It is with great excitement and anticipation that we now invite the NBA to return this celebration of our sport back to Salt Lake City for a game elevated.” 

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Video: Donovan Mitchell Wins Slam Dunk Contest With Vince Carter Homage

Feb 17, 2018 10:23 PM

Donovan Mitchell defeated Larry Nance Jr. to win the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest.

Nance received a 50 on his final dunk with a double tap off the backboard.

But Mitchell had also received a 50 on his first dunk.

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Jae Crowder Happy To Be Playing In System Again

Feb 12, 2018 12:04 PM

Jae Crowder had a productive first game with the Utah Jazz in their 115-96 win over the Blazers.

Crowder seems to be happy with the Jazz following his trade from the Cavaliers.

"I got back to having fun playing basketball with a great group of guys," said Crowder. 

"I love playing within a system. It'll be fun."

Ben Dowsett/Basketball Insiders

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Jazz To Sign Naz Mitrou-Long To 10-Day Contract

Feb 10, 2018 6:07 PM

The Utah Jazz will sign Naz Mitrou-Long on a 10-day contract.

Mitrou-Long was waived by the Jazz from his two-way contract in January.

Ricky Rubio suffered a hip injury on Friday.

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Boris Diaw Receiving Interest From Several Teams

Feb 8, 2018 4:16 PM

Boris Diaw has received interest from several playoff teams about a contract.

Diaw has an NBA out in his deal with Paris-Levallois.

Diaw played for the Utah Jazz last season.

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Cavaliers Acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill In Three-Way Trade With Jazz, Kings

Feb 8, 2018 1:01 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings.

The Cavaliers will send out Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Jazz. The Jazz will likely release Rose, according to Shams Charania.

Joe Johnson will be routed to the Kings, as will Iman Shumpert.

Sacramento will also receive Miami's 2020 second round pick plus over $3 million in cash.

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Nuggets, Jazz Discussing Trade Involving Wilson Chandler, Joe Johnson
Wilson Chandler has a $12.8 million player option for the 18-19 season.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Derrick Favors Remains Available In Trade Talks
The Jazz are unlikely to re-sign Derrick Favors long-term due to the presence of Rudy Gobert.

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Thunder, Bulls, Pistons Interested In Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month
Ben Simmons tied for the lead among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (17.1 ppg) and led all first-year NBA players in assists (6.7 apg) in January.

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Joe Johnson Seeking Trade From Jazz
If the Jazz don't find a trade for Joe Johnson, he could become a buyout candidate.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jazz Awarded $2.62M Injury Exception For Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season to repair an avulsion of his MCL.

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Thabo Sefolosha To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery
Thabo Sefolosha averages 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Jazz.

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Rodney Hood Fined $35,000 For Phone Slap
Rodney Hood slapped the phone out of a fan after he was ejected.

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Jazz To Sign Georges Niang To Two-Way Contract
Georges Niang has played for Santa Cruz of the G-League this season, averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Pistons, Jazz, Blazers Interested In Nikola Mirotic
The Bulls are seeking a first round pick for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jazz Guarantee Contract Of Raul Neto For Remainder Of 17-18
Raul Neto has been out recently with a sprained knee.

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Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month
Donovan Mitchell led all rookies in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg) in 13 games during December.

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Rudy Gobert Out Two More Weeks With Knee Injury
Rudy Gobert suffered a left PCL sprain and bone bruise on Dec. 15.

Eric Woodyard/Deseret News

Chris Paul, Paul George Helped Convince Donovan Mitchell To Stay In Draft
Chris Paul and Paul George worked out with Donovan Mitchell at a pre-draft camp hosted by CAA.

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Jazz Sign Naz Long To Two-Way Contract
In 20 games in the G League this season, Naz Long is averaging 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

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Jazz Waive Nate Wolters
Nate Wolters appeared in five games for the Jazz this season while also playing in another 13 in the G League.

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Rudy Gobert Out One Month With Left Knee Injury
Rudy Gobert has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left tibia.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Gordon Hayward Has No Regrets Leaving Jazz
Gordon Hayward had dinner on Thursday night in Boston with Joe Ingles and Utah assistant Johnnie Bryant.

Eric Woodyard/Deseret News

Rudy Gobert Suffers Grade 1 MCL Sprain
While x-rays on Rudy Gobert's knee were negative, he will undergo an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis.

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