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Ricky Rubio Feels Like It Was Time For Both Sides To Move On

Aug 3, 2017 10:34 AM

Ricky Rubio spoke with the Utah Jazz media on Wednesday during a conference call from Spain.

The Jazz acquired Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves before the start of free agency.

“To get traded, it’s not fun, but I was really excited to go to an organization that really believed in me,” he said. “It’s a great basketball organization with a good tradition. It was a little weird. I was six years in Minnesota. My name was in the papers with rumors and all that stuff for the last couple years, but never traded. This summer, I guess it was time. I have no regrets. I had a great time in Minnesota, but I think it was time for the both of us to move on. I think it was that time of our relationship that it didn’t work out the way we wanted, and we move on.”

Dennis Lindsey said in early July that the Jazz’s new floor general compares favorably to Jason Kidd.

“Having the GM talk that good about me, it’s great,” he said. “The confidence that they showed in me from the beginning, it’s awesome, and now I have to answer that confidence with good games. I have confidence in me, and I’ve worked hard this summer. I think I can bring a lot to that team.”

Rubio is one of the NBA's best defensive point guards and will join an already excellent team on that side of the floor.

“I know what I can bring to the table,” Rubio said. “Of course my defense is a strength of mine. I’ve been working on my body this summer to be stronger and to be ready for this league that has so many good point guards and so many athletic point guards that every night you face top point guards and you have to be ready for that. I feel confident in my defense and I think I can really help the team to improve even more.”

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Tags: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, NBA

Andrew Bogut Receiving Interest From Four Teams

Aug 1, 2017 10:27 AM

Andrew Bogut has received interest from four teams in free agency.

Joe Ingles is lobbying for the Utah Jazz to sign Bogut.

"I would love for him to come over to Utah," Ingles told AAP.

"He's got a connection there already and if they want to take him I'll happily have him."

Bogut broke his leg in his first minute with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Tags: Andrew Bogut, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

David Morway, Justin Zanik Hired By Jazz

Jul 21, 2017 8:34 PM

The Utah Jazz have hired Justin Zanik and David Morway as the top front office executives working under Dennis Lindsay.

Morway began working for the Jazz last season. Morway has prior front office experience with the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.

Zanik rejoins the Jazz after spending one season with the Bucks.

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Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz Focused On Building Around Rudy Gobert Instead Of Rebuilding

Jul 16, 2017 11:16 AM

The Utah Jazz are focusing on continuing to build around Rudy Gobert instead of rebuilding following the departure of Gordon Hayward.

Hayward signed with the Boston Celtics.

"We feel like we can build defensively around Rudy Gobert," Lindsey told The Tribune. "We look at him, and he's a top 10 player and unique defender. So we wanted to build a team around his talents."

The Jazz re-signed Joe Ingles while also signing Thabo Sefolosha, Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh. 

"We have the chance to be very good defensively," Utah rookie guard Donovan Mitchell said. "With Rudy in the middle, that allows the guards on the perimeter to pressure their men. If we get beat, we have the big guy to erase our mistakes and challenge in the paint. It's a nice luxury to have."

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

Ekpe Udoh Agrees To Two-Year, $6.5M Deal With Jazz

Jul 13, 2017 9:51 AM

Ekpe Udoh has agreed upon a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Utah Jazz.

Udoh is returning to the NBA after spending two seasons playing for Fenerbahce Ulker. Last season, Udoh averaged 11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.

Udoh last played in the NBA in 14-15 with the Los Angeles Clippers. Udoh was drafted in 2010 by the Golden State Warriors and eventually included in the Andrew Bogut-Monta Ellis trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Tags: Ekpe Udoh, Utah Jazz, Fenerbahce Ulker, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International Teams

Jonas Jerebko, Jazz Agree Upon Two-Year, $8.2M Deal

Jul 13, 2017 12:20 AM

Jonas Jerebko has agreed to a two-year, $8.2 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

Jerebko spent the past two seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Jerebko averaged 3.8 points in 15.8 minutes a game last season. 

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Tags: Jonas Jerebko, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jazz Attempting To Trade Boris Diaw Before Guarantee Date

Jul 12, 2017 8:00 PM

The Utah Jazz are pursuing a trade of Boris Diaw before his contract becomes guaranteed on Saturday.

The Jazz would like to create salary cap space to sign another player after adding Thabo Sefolosha.

Utah acquired Diaw and a future second round pick from the San Antonio Spurs last offseason.

Diaw's deal is worth $7.5 million next season.

Tony Jones, Kyle Goon/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Boris Diaw, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Joe Ingles Jokes He May Wear Gordon Hayward's No. 20 Next Season

Jul 12, 2017 7:56 PM

Joe Ingles joked that he may take Gordon Hayward's No. 20 next season.

“I might take his number,” said Ingles, who’s worn No. 2 the last three seasons in Utah. “I might take number 20.”

Ingles is looking forward to guarding Hayward when the Jazz play the Celtics next season.

I’m definitely guarding him,” Ingles said, laughing. “I’ve already told Coach (Quin Snyder). I texted coach the next day and said between me and Donovan (Mitchell), we’ll give him a good game.”

Ingles was believed to be Hayward's closest friend on the Jazz.

“He’s always going to be a good friend of mine,” Ingles said. “But I still don’t like him for the time being because he left us, but we’ll be fine.”

Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA

Thabo Sefolosha Agrees To Two-Year, $10.5M Deal With Jazz

Jul 12, 2017 2:08 PM

The Utah Jazz have agreed upon a two-year, $10.5 million deal with Thabo Sefolosha.

Sefolosha is coming off a three-year, $12 million contract with the Hawks that he signed in 2014.

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Tags: Thabo Sefolosha, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Playing In East Was Key Part Of Pitch To Gordon Hayward

Jul 11, 2017 11:42 AM

A big part of the Boston Celtics pitch to Gordon Hayward was the fact that the Eastern Conference represents an easier path to The Finals, according to sources. The Miami Heat also pitched this issue but to a lesser extent.

While the Utah Jazz would surely be a contender for the Eastern Conference Finals, they're stuck playing in the West where they would surely remain behind the Golden State Warriors, and possibly the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets as well.

Hayward is also more likely to make All-Star teams in the Eastern Conference and possibly even start.

Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Memphis and Oklahoma City rank as the NBA's only metro areas shy of 1.5 million people, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Yet those four NBA areas are all in the Western Conference.

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

Shelvin Mack Agrees To Two-Year, $12M Deal With Magic
Shelvin Mack will give the Magic depth at point guard behind Elfrid Payton.

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Celtics, Jazz Unable To Gain Traction On Gordon Hayward Sign-And-Trade
There were reports that Jae Crowder could be traded to the Jazz as part of a Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade.

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Celtics, Jazz Close To Gordon Hayward Sign-And-Trade Involving Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder is on one of the NBA's best contracts.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Jazz Open To Gordon Hayward Sign-And-Trade With Celtics
The Celtics are shopping Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward outright.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Kelly Olynyk Receiving Interest From Nets, Pacers, Kings, Jazz
Kelly Olynyk is one of the better available stretch big men on the open market.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Gordon Hayward's Agent Explains Events Of Free Agency
Gordon Hayward met with the Celtics, Jazz and Heat in free agency and after each meeting, he felt as though he would sign with that team.

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Gordon Hayward Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $128M Deal With Celtics
After reconsidering his decision, Gordon Hayward has agreed to sign with the Celtics.

RealGM Staff Report

Jazz Could Pursue Otto Porter, Rudy Gay If Hayward Leaves
The Jazz will have cap space if Gordon Hayward leaves and then would also have a need at small forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Report: Gordon Hayward Agrees To Sign With Celtics
While reports initially surfaced Gordon Hayward had decided to sign with the Celtics, he is now reconsidering the situation.

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George Hill Agrees To Three-Year, $57M Deal With Kings
George Hill has agreed upon a three-year, $57 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Gordon Hayward To Sleep On Decision For July 4th Announcement
Gordon Hayward will wait until July 4th to make his decision between the Jazz, Celtics and Heat.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Gordon Hayward Could Reach Decision By Monday Night
Previous reports indicated Gordon Hayward could decide on July 4th or 5th.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Joe Ingles Agrees To Re-Sign With Jazz On Four-Year, $52M Deal
Joe Ingles has agreed to re-sign with the Jazz on a four-year, $52 million deal.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Pacers, Nuggets Interested In George Hill
Indiana traded away George Hill in June of 2016 and traded Paul George on June 30th

Marc Berman/New York Post

Clippers Focused On Danilo Gallinari, Joe Ingles In Free Agency
The Clippers are seeking more shooting and playmaking around Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

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Jazz Acquire Ricky Rubio From Wolves For 1st Round Pick
With George Hill's future with the Jazz uncertain, trading for Ricky Rubio would give Utah protection against losing him.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Jazz Re-Signing George Hill Likely To Play Big Role In Hayward's Decision
The Jazz traded for George Hill at last year's draft.

Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Fourth Mystery Team Could Schedule Last Minute Meeting With Gordon Hayward
The Jazz, Celtics and Heat are the three teams with meetings scheduled with Gordon Hayward in free agency.

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Gordon Hayward Declines $16.7M Player Option With Jazz
Gordon Hayward will become an unrestricted free agent.

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Gordon Hayward Plans To Reach Free Agent Decision Quickly
Gordon Hayward will meet with the Heat on Saturday and the Jazz on Monday.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune