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Nikola Mirotic Says He Turned Down Three-Year Offer From Jazz Last Offseason

May 24, 2020 1:48 PM

Nikola Mirotic stated that he turned down a three-year guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz last summer because he was no longer happy in the NBA.

Mirotic ended up signing with Barcelona.

“I wanted to spend free agency while on vacation in Greece with my family. Utah wanted to have a meeting on June 30 to sign me as the first player in free agency. They offered me three years guaranteed, a great contract. I spoke to my wife and she told me to take what made me happy. I took a ticket for two days, a round trip, and I left.

"I was waiting at the gate of the Thessaloniki airport when I started to think: ‘What do I do at the airport? Why am I not with my family? The NBA?’. I said to myself: ‘Don’t do it Niko. If you go, you will sign.’ I left the airport and went back to the hotel. I told my agent that I wasn’t going to catch the flight and to apologize to Utah for not attending the meeting. “I’m going to take another path, I don’t want to continue in the NBA," said Mirotic.

Mirotic added that he returned to Europe to rediscover his joy for the game.

"My role was always the same [in the NBA]. I was a player who was open to take the shots, who made a ‘pick-and-pop’ among the big guys… I was expected to score 10 points, take a couple of rebounds and that’s it. I felt that time was passing and I had not played the best basketball of my life, although it was very good. As soon as I didn’t feel that joy and happiness to improve, I said it was time to go back and do something bigger in Europe." 

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Joe Ingles Prepared To Play If NBA Resumes Season

May 22, 2020 4:27 PM

Comments from Joe Ingles over two months ago about not playing to protect his family from COVID-19 resurfaced in Australia this week. Ingles responded on Twitter with an update to his position.  

Ingles has a son with autism and a weekend immune system.

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Jerry Sloan Passes Away At 78

May 22, 2020 10:33 AM

Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

A 2009 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz (1988-2011), finishing his career with the third most wins in NBA history (1,221-803), sixth best winning percentage (.603) all-time (min. 500 wins), two NBA Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) and seven division titles. He also guided the Jazz to 16 consecutive winning seasons and thirteen 50-win seasons. Sloan’s teams made 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs (19 with Utah: 1989-2003, ’07-10) and his 98 playoff wins are the sixth most in NBA history.

Sloan worked for the Jazz organization for 34 years as either head coach, assistant, scout or senior basketball adviser.

A veteran of the NBA as a player and coach for more than 45 years, prior to joining the Jazz, Sloan coached the Chicago Bulls for three seasons (1979-82) and was a two-time NBA All-Star as a player (1967, 1969) over 11 NBA seasons with Chicago and Baltimore (1965-76).

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Knicks To Hire Walt Perrin As Assistant General Manager

May 18, 2020 3:36 PM

The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal to hire Walt Perrin as assistant general manager.

Perrin has worked for the Utah Jazz for the past 19 seasons and was most recently VP of Player Personnel.

The Knicks are reshaping the front office under Leon Rose.

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Bojan Bogdanovic To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

May 18, 2020 1:39 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

Bogdanovic is expected to be ready for the start of the 20-21 season.

Bogdanovic suffered the injury in January and played through it. Bogdanovic's discomfort from the injury emerged again during the shutdown and led to the decision not to delay surgery.

The Utah Jazz signed Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal last summer.

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Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dennis Lindsey: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell 'Ready To Put This Behind Them'

May 5, 2020 6:02 PM

The future of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell as functioning teammates with the Utah Jazz has been a question of concern since they both tested positive for COVID-19 in March.

"They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, act professionally," Dennis Lindsey said on a Zoom call Tuesday with media. "Look, the COVID-19 night of March [11] was really unprecedented. It brought a microscope to our team, and we get it. With that said, we're very pleased with the collective makeup of our group, Donovan and Rudy in particular.

"We look forward to moving forward. They've said their piece to each other. They've both visited at the ownership level, at management level, at the coaches level, at the players level with each other."

Gobert signed a four-year, $102 million extension with the Jazz in 2016. Gobert will be eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason. 

Mitchell will also be eligible to sign an extension with the Jazz this offseason and he is expected to do so.

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Not Planning On Trading Either Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert

Apr 20, 2020 11:13 PM

There have been questions about whether Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will repair their relationship long-term. For now, the Utah Jazz have no plans to break up their core.

"There aren’t any plans on trading either one of them," writes Tony Jones of The Athletic. "If you made a list of the most untouchable players in the league, Mitchell would be on that list. He’s a dynamic talent, who is very well liked and a draw to other players around the league. He’s been terrific in the community. Most important, the Jazz have years of team control left in regards to his contract.

"As for Gobert, the Jazz have built their entire identity defensively around his talents. He’s one of the top 15 players in the league. He’s a unique player in the league. It’s imprudent to speculate on who the Jazz can get for either guy, because there aren’t any plans on trading either guy."

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Mike Conley Defeats Zach LaVine To Win NBA's HORSE Competition

Apr 17, 2020 12:05 PM

Mike Conley defeated Zach LaVine to win the NBA's first HORSE competition.

Conley took the title "H-O" to "H-O-R-S-E" in the championship round.

Conley was the only one out of the eight contestants to play on an indoor basketball court. Conley advanced to the final by eliminating former WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings and then former NBA star Chauncey Billups in their semifinal.

Laine played on an outdoor court and in elements including wind and light rain in Snohomish, Washington.

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Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell Speak By Phone, Begin To Repair Relationship

Apr 12, 2020 8:47 PM

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell spoke over the phone on Saturday, Gobert said in an IG Live conversation with Taylor Rooks.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported that it was a positive conversation and a first step to repair the relationship between the two Jazz players.

The relationship between Mitchell and Gobert is strained due to the fallout from their COVID-19 positive tests.

Haynes added that both players had issues with each other stemming from the test results.

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Relationship Between Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert 'Doesn't Appear Salvageable'

Apr 11, 2020 1:38 AM

The relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert "doesn’t appear salvageable" due to the fallout from both players testing positive for COVID-19, league sources told The Athletic. 

Mitchell admitted last month that it "took awhile for me to kind of cool off" at Gobert, who was the first player in the NBA to test positive.

The Athletic reports that Jazz officials tried to convince Mitchell that there was no way of knowing whether Gobert gave Mitchell the virus, or vice-versa.

Joe Ingles said he wasn't worried about the chemistry between Mitchell and Gobert.

“I’m confident our team is going to be totally fine. I heard Donovan’s response (on GMA), or whatever it was, to that question, and a part of that is on Donovan and Rudy to sort out if he’s frustrated with him or whatever. But I have no doubt when we go back to training, or when our season starts again, our team is going to be what we have been and what we are."

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls To Interview Arturas Karnisovas, Justin Zanik

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All Jazz Players, Staff Cleared By Utah Health Officials Following Quarantine

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Donovan Mitchell Likely To Sign Max Contract Extension With Jazz

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Rudy Gobert Had Houseguests From High-Risk Areas Before Positive COVID-19 Test

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Donovan Mitchell Says He's Asymptomatic, Admits It Took Time To 'Cool Off' At Rudy Gobert

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Donovan Mitchell Says He 'Feels Fine' In Video

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Rudy Gobert Donates $500,000 To COVID-19 Related Relief

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Adam Silver Says NBA Asked Rudy Gobert To Develop PSA To Help Combat COVID-19

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NBA Won't Fine Or Suspend Rudy Gobert For Actions Leading Up To COVID-19 Test

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NBA Unable To Test Every Player Due To Shortage Of Tests

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Donovan Mitchell Tests Positive For Coronavirus, All Other Jazz Test Negative

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Jazz Players To Remain At Chesapeake Energy Arena Following Coronavirus Tests, Not Permitted To Fly

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Players From Cavs, Knicks, Raptors, Celtics, Pistons Told To Self-Quarantine

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NBA Suspends Season After Rudy Gobert Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Russell Westbrook On Being Guarded By Rudy Gobert: You Can't Scout For Speed

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Mike Conley To Replace Royce O'Neale In Jazz Starting Lineup

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Gordon Hayward Says Lane Violation In Kobe Bryant's Final Game Was Unintentional

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Quin Snyder Says Rudy Gobert Making All-Star Team Is 'Self-Evident'

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Royce O'Neale, Jazz Agree To Four-Year, $36M Extension With Jazz

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Jazz Sign Rayjon Tucker To Multi-Year Deal

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