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Jazz Sign Naz Long To Camp Deal

Sep 13, 2017 4:30 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed Naz Long to a camp deal.

Long played in Summer League for the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings.

Long went undrafted in 2017 out of Iowa State.

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Jazz Name David Morway, Justin Zanik As Assistant GMs

Sep 13, 2017 12:44 PM

The Utah Jazz have named David Morway and Justin Zanik as assistant general managers.  

In addition, the organization has promoted Steven Schwartz to director of basketball operations.

Morway, who spent the 2016-17 campaign as a basketball operations consultant with the Jazz, previously served as the assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to his time in Milwaukee, Morway spent 14 years with the Indiana Pacers, his last four, as the organization’s general manager. Preceding his time in the NBA he was the assistant to the president of the San Diego Padres for three years before founding Professional Excellence Sports, Inc. a sports management firm. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego.

Zanik returns to the Jazz after spending the 2016-17 season as the assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Previously he was the assistant general manager of the Jazz from 2013-16, facilitating contract negotiations and managing the team’s salary cap as well as its international scouting efforts. He came to the Jazz from ASM Sports, serving as the agency’s vice president from 2004-2013. At ASM Sports he oversaw all aspects of career management for the group’s basketball clients. A certified agent by the NBPA since 2003, Zanik graduated with a degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Schwartz, who enters his third year with the Jazz, previously worked as a basketball operations assistant to Head Coach Quin Snyder. In addition, he also assisted General Manager Dennis Lindsey with the league’s collective bargaining agreement and salary cap, responsibilities he will now continue in an expanded role. The native of Fort Worth, Texas received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas along with his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. 

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Jazz To Sign Nate Wolters To Two-Way Contract

Sep 12, 2017 1:24 PM

The Utah Jazz will sign Nate Wolters to a two-way contract.

Wolters last played in the NBA during the 14-15 season.

Wolters played last season for KK Crvena Zvezda where he averaged 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 17.1 minutes per game.

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Jazz Challenged Rodney Hood To Prepare For Bigger Role

Sep 11, 2017 10:58 AM

During Rodney Hood's exit meeting after the Utah Jazz were eliminated from the playoffs, Dennis Lindsey spoke candidly about becoming a better player.

Hood is entering a contract year and was asked to get to the free throw line more often and become a more efficient scorer.

“He told me the truth,” Hood said. “He said he wanted me to get better and to prepare myself for a bigger role.”

“There were a lot of challenges we gave Rodney,” Lindsey said. “What he needs to be doing, his commitment level to his development. And he’s responded this summer. He’s going to be given a prominent role, and his development will be significant to us.”

Hood stayed in Salt Lake City for most of the offseason.

“In general, we feel like we can help players get better, and now we have a track record,” Lindsey said. “Guys know that if they are doing what’s needed in-house, they have a base to improve.”

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares

Sep 8, 2017 1:33 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of Locked on NBA (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

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In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5, predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division, choose breakout players and much more.

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Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks

Aug 18, 2017 8:03 PM

Jeff Withey has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

Withey has played four seasons in the NBA, splitting time with the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans.

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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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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.

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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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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."

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Ekpe Udoh Agrees To Two-Year, $6.5M Deal With Jazz
Last season, Ekpe Udoh averaged 11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game.

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Jonas Jerebko, Jazz Agree Upon Two-Year, $8.2M Deal
Jonas Jerebko spent the past two seasons with the Celtics.

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Jazz Attempting To Trade Boris Diaw Before Guarantee Date
Boris Diaw's deal is worth $7.5 million next season.

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Joe Ingles Jokes He May Wear Gordon Hayward's No. 20 Next Season
Joe Ingles is looking forward to guarding Gordon Hayward when the Jazz play the Celtics next season.

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Thabo Sefolosha Agrees To Two-Year, $10.5M Deal With Jazz
Thabo Sefolosha is coming off a three-year, $12 million contract with the Hawks that he signed in 2014.

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Celtics Playing In East Was Key Part Of Pitch To Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward is also more likely to make All-Star teams in the Eastern Conference and possibly even start.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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