Jazz Rumors & News

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Injuries and chemistry issues are causing a disturbance in the once-dominant Western Conference

    Washington Post "For years, the Western Conference has reigned supreme over its Eastern counterpart, consistently having better top-end teams and more impressive depth from top to bottom. But while the two best teams in the NBA are generally considered to be the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets (though..." November 22

  • Jazz rookie buys mom new car, takes her by surprise

    The Sports Daily "Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell recently came through with a great gesture for someone very special to him. Mitchell bought his mom, Nicole, a new vehicle, and spared no expense, either. The Jazz rookie surprised her with a white Audi SUV, complete with a pink bow on the hood to top it all..." November 18

  • Five early-season trade targets

    Sportsnet "The Boston Celtics have clearly emerged as the early-season class of the East. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may wind up taking their expected place atop that mantle, but look weaker than ever. Correction—James is, per usual, playing at an unfathomably high level, yet his supporting..." November 18

  • Ricky Rubio has sore Achilles, to sit vs. Nets

    ESPN "Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio is suffering from soreness in his right Achilles and will not play against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night, the team announced. The team did not say whether Rubio would return for for Saturday's game at Orlando." November 17

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson out at least two more weeks with wrist injury

    Deseret News "The injury bug continues to bite the Utah Jazz organization. The team announced Tuesday that veteran forward Joe Johnson will miss at least two more weeks with tendon instability on his right wrist. Johnson consulted with a hand specialist and is showing progress but will be re-evaluated in..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert out 4-6 weeks with bone bruise in knee

    NBA.com "Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be sidelined four to six weeks after suffering a bruise in his right knee Friday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo's The Vertical. Gobert suffered the injury in Friday's loss to Miami after colliding with Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters going for a loose..." November 12

  • Waiters responds to Gobert: 'I've never been a dirty player in my life'

    Miami Herald "Rudy Gobert claimed Dion Waiters made a “dirty play” last Friday night when he went diving for a loose ball and rolled into his knee. Dion Waiters took exception to that comment. “I’ve never been a dirty player in my life,” Waiters said Sunday prior to the Heat’s game against the Pistons in..." November 12

  • Jazz forward Joe Johnson continues rehab on wrist, waits to re-evaluated

    Deseret News "Generally speaking, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder doesn’t view himself as the go-to source for medical updates. But on Friday, Snyder provided an update on veteran forward Joe Johnson ahead of the Miami Heat game. “Joe is in a splint. He’s riding the bike during practice,” Snyder said. “He’s..." November 11

  • Rudy Gobert suggests ‘dirty play’ after right knee clash with Dion Waiters

    Deseret News "Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert isn’t afraid to use Twitter to voice his opinion. That’s exactly what he did after Utah suffered its fourth straight loss to the Miami Heat, 84-74. Gobert posted 12 points and 12 boards for his eighth double-double of the season, but scared Jazz fans late in the..." November 11

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Joe Johnson Out at Least 2 Weeks Due to Wrist Injury

    Bleacher Report "Utah Jazz swingman Joe Johnson suffered tendon instability in his right (shooting) wrist. The team made the announcement Tuesday, noting Johnson had an MRI and will be evaluated again in two weeks. The 36-year-old's prime is behind him, but he can still put up impressive scoring numbers..." October 31

  • Rudy Gobert says he likes LaVar Ball: ‘He seems like a pretty good dad to me’

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball can rub many the wrong way, but Rudy Gobert is not one of them. Before his Utah Jazz played the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, the All-NBA big man said that he liked the divisive Ball family patriarch and called him a “pretty good dad,” according to Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake..." October 28

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles fined by NBA for contact in groin area

    NBA.com "Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles has been fined $15,000 for making contact with the groin area of Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations." October 24

  • Snyder 'really pleased' Hood's injury isn't worse

    Deseret News "Rodney Hood, who left Friday's loss in Minnesota with a calf injury, did not play Saturday night when the Utah Jazz hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Northwest Division showdown. But the Jazz revealed some relatively good news regarding Hood's injury situation. MRI test results..." October 23

  • Jazz's Hood diagnosed with calf strain; will be re-evaluated Saturday

    Uproxx "Expectations for the Utah Jazz are mixed this season, in part due to the absence of Gordon Hayward and high-end offensive firepower. While Utah can be relied on for quality defense and, by extension, a high floor, the ceiling for this team is very much up for debate given the concerns about..." October 21

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Jazz Waive Joel Bolomboy

    Hoops Rumors "The Jazz have set their roster for the regular season by waiving Joel Bolomboy, the team announced today in a press release. The move reduces Utah’s roster count to 17 players — 15 on NBA deals and two on two-way contracts. Bolomboy, the 52nd overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Weber State,..." October 16

  • Dante Exum to Undergo Surgery on Shoulder Injury Suffered in Preseason

    Bleacher Report "Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will undergo surgery on his separated left shoulder. On Monday, the Jazz announced Exum would undergo the surgery in an effort "to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder" after he separated it in an Oct. 6 preseason contest against the Phoenix Suns. The..." October 16

  • Jazz unlikely to reach extension agreement with Rodney Hood, guard headed for restricted free agency next summer

    Salt Lake Tribune "Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer. Monday is the deadline for all fourth year extension eligible players..." October 16

  • Jazz guard Dante Exum hoping to avoid season-ending surgery

    ESPN "Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum is weighing rehabilitation options on his separated left shoulder that could preclude him undergoing season-ending surgery, league sources told ESPN. The Jazz and Exum have been exploring multiple medical opinions on an injured shoulder that suffered ligament damage..." October 14

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Thabo Sefolosha Helped Save a Woman From Drowning in a River

    Salt Lake Tribune "It started as many modern day mysteries do these days: Twitter. During Monday’s preseason opener against the Sydney Kings, a fan came forward with a story pitch. Did Thabo Sefolosha save someone’s life? “Who told you about the lady?” Sefolosha said when asked that question after Friday..." October 08

  • Source: Jazz’s Dante Exum has separated shoulder, ligament damage

    Salt Lake Tribune "The news on Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum is not good. Exum has separated his left shoulder and also suffered ligament damage, sources tell The Tribune. There is still no official timetable for his recovery process, but sources say Exum could miss a significant amount of time." October 07

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Ricky Rubio: Timberwolves ‘Going to Make the Playoffs’

    SLAM Online "Former Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is adjusting to life in Utah, and thinks his old team is postseason-bound. Rubio expects Karl-Anthony Towns and newcomer Jimmy Butler to lead Minny into the Playoffs this season. Rubio, 26, was traded to the Jazz this summer in exchange for a first..." October 04

  • Quin Snyder's Russian Detour Made Him One of the NBA's Top Coaches

    Vice Sports "It's December and the Utah Jazz are getting waxed by the Golden State Warriors. Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, and George Hill are all out. Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are all in. Down 31-9 late in the first quarter, Dante Exum sprint dribbles up the right..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • Rudy Gobert’s contract has interesting defensive rating incentive

    Larry Brown Sports "Wanna get an idea of how big the analytics movement has gotten in the NBA? Advanced stats are now being written into player contracts. According to a recent feature by ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Rudy Gobert’s contract extension with the Utah Jazz, which kicks in this coming season, has a unique..." September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

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