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Thabo Sefolosha To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Jan 13, 2018 6:26 PM

Thabo Sefolosha will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured MCL.

Sefolosha suffered the injury in the first half of Friday's game.

Sefolosha averages 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Jazz.

The Jazz signed Sefolosha to a two-year, $10.5 million deal in the offseason.

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Rodney Hood Fined $35,000 For Phone Slap

Jan 12, 2018 4:14 PM

Rodney Hood has been fined $35,000 for slapping a phone out of a fan’s hand while exiting the court.

The incident occurred following Hood’s ejection for receiving his second technical foul of the game with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter of the Jazz’s 107-104 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Capital One Arena.

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Jazz To Sign Georges Niang To Two-Way Contract

Jan 11, 2018 5:45 PM

The Utah Jazz plan to sign Georges Niang to a two-way deal.

Utah will need to waive either Erik McCree or Naz Mitrou-Long to create a spot for Niang.

Niang has played for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League this season, averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

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Pistons, Jazz, Blazers Interested In Nikola Mirotic

Jan 9, 2018 1:32 PM

The Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers have interest in Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic continues to prefer a trade from the Chicago Bulls due to his preseason fight with Bobby Portis.

The Bulls are seeking a first round pick for Mirotic.

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Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Guarantee Contract Of Raul Neto For Remainder Of 17-18

Jan 7, 2018 9:50 AM

The Utah Jazz have guaranteed the contract of Raul Neto for the remainder of the season.

Neto has been out recently with a sprained knee.

The Jazz have had more minutes available at point guard this season due to the Dante Exum injury.

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Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month

Jan 4, 2018 3:11 PM

The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Tatum ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (14.6 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (5.9 rpg) in 17 games in December for Boston, which went 11-6 to maintain its place atop the East standings.  He made a rookie-high 59 free throws and finished fourth or better among all first-year players in field goal percentage (52.9), three-point field goal percentage (45.1) and free throw percentage (81.9).  The 19-year-old forward scored in double figures 14 times, including two games with 20 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds three times.  Tatum recorded two of his three career double-doubles during the month.

Mitchell led all rookies in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg) in 13 games during December, and his 88.2 free throw percentage (45-of-51) was the highest mark among first-year players with more than 20 attempts.  He also ranked third among Western Conference rookies in field goal percentage (50.7) and fourth in assists (3.8 apg).  The 21-year-old guard opened the month by scoring 41 points in a 114-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 1, a Jazz rookie record and the first 40-point game by an NBA rookie since Blake Griffin in January 2011.  Mitchell scored more than 25 points seven times in December.

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Rudy Gobert Out Two More Weeks With Knee Injury

Dec 31, 2017 10:46 AM

Rudy Gobert was re-evaluated on Saturday and is expected to miss two more weeks.

Gobert is showing progress towards his return as he's participating in light workouts and individual drills in practice.

Gobert suffered a left PCL sprain and bone bruise on Dec. 15.

A right tibia contusion also sidelined Gobert for 11 games earlier in the season.

“Rudy’s working and trying to get back, there’s nothing that his teammates or myself can do to accelerate that,” said Quin Snyder. “We see him every day. He’s been great about staying connected to the team, but having an advent calendar isn’t the answer.

“It’s going to be when it is and we’ll be glad to have him back when we do, but I don’t think there’s a sense that ‘Oh, if we had Rudy then we may have’… that’s not the right way to approach it.”

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Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

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Chris Paul, Paul George Helped Convince Donovan Mitchell To Stay In Draft

Dec 28, 2017 10:16 AM

Chris Paul and Paul George helped convince Donovan Mitchell to stay in the 2017 draft.

Mitchell paid all of his expenses when he traveled to Thousand Oaks last spring to participate in the Creative Artists Agency pre-draft camp because he wanted to maintain his eligibility at Louisville.

"When I left school, my room was still clean, full of stuff," Mitchell said. "I never packed. I was coming back for a third year. In my head, 100 percent, coming back."

Paul and George worked out with Mitchell at the camp and helped convince him he was already good enough for the NBA.

"He's really good," George told reporters recently, calling Mitchell the steal of the draft. "He's a tough, fearless kid. We all saw that working out with him this past summer. I knew he was going to blossom."

Paul and Mitchell still talk several times a week.

"He can really, really play," Paul said. "I'm not surprised by it at all. He can play. He's strong, and he loves the game -- both ends, whether it's offense or defense. I don't know if it's because he's in Utah, everybody's surprised by it. I'm not."

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Jazz Sign Naz Long To Two-Way Contract

Dec 22, 2017 6:23 PM

The Utah Jazz plan to sign Naz Long to a two-way contract.

Utah waived Nate Wolters from his two-way contract to create a spot for Long.

In 20 games in the G League this season, Long is averaging 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

Long went undrafted out of Iowa State in 2017.

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Jazz Waive Nate Wolters

Dec 22, 2017 5:33 PM

The Utah Jazz have waived Nate Wolters, who was on a two-way contract.

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

Before the current season, Wolters last played in the NBA in 14-15.

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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.

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

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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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Rudy Gobert Could Return From Knee Injury Monday
Rudy Gobert was initially expected to miss at least four weeks but it has been just over three weeks since his injury.

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Donovan Mitchell Becomes NBA's First 40-Point Rookie Since 2011
Donovan Mitchell was 13-for-25 from the field.

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Derrick Favors: Don't Write Me Off Just Yet
Derrick Favors has averaged 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game since Rudy Gobert's injury.

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Joe Johnson Out Two More Weeks With Wrist Injury
Joe Johnson is out with tendon instability in his right wrist

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Derrick Favors, Jazz Never Held Serious Extension Talks
Derrick Favors hoped to sign a contract extension with the Jazz heading into last season.

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Quin Snyder's Offense Centered On 'Advantage Basketball' Concept
The system is intended on giving players a head start whenever they catch the ball.

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Jazz Will Continue 'Draft And Develop' Path
The Jazz have no plans to bottom out and rebuild following the departure of Gordon Hayward.

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Rudy Gobert Helped Jazz Sign Joe Johnson
The Jazz cite Rudy Gobert as a star caliber player who doesn't require the ball in his hands.

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Joe Johnson Out At Least Two More Weeks With Wrist Injury
Joe Johnson consulted with a hand specialist and is showing progress but will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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Quin Snyder: Jazz Not Expecting Silver Bullet To Replace Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward's decision to leave the Jazz certainly tempered their expectations entering the 17-18 season.

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Rudy Gobert Out 4-6 Weeks With Bone Bruise
Rudy Gobert will miss four to six weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee.

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Rudy Gobert Believes Dion Waiters Committed 'Dirty Play'
Rudy Gobert believes Dion Waiters committed a dirty play when he dove for a ball and into his knees.

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Joe Ingles Fined $15,000 For Groin Shot On Steven Adams
Joe Ingles has been fined $15,000 by the NBA.

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Dante Exum To Undergo Surgery On Left Shoulder
Dante Exum suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6.

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Dante Exum Could Be Out For Season With Separated Shoulder
Dante Exum also missed the entire 15-16 season after suffering a torn ACL.

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Dante Exum Suffers Serious Shoulder Injury
Dante Exum appeared to suffer a dislocated shoulder during Friday's preseason game.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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