Jazz Rumors & News

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • NBA draft prospects intrigued by Utah Jazz after recent playoff success

    Deseret News "The Mormon culture and snow-capped mountains have been embedded in the fabric of Utah for so, so long that it’s hard to shake that identity. But as the 2018 NBA draft approaches, young prospects in this year's don’t seem so apprehensive of the Salt Lake City..." May 18

  • 2018 NBA Draft Picks By Team

    Hoops Rumors "While the Sixers were knocked out of the 2018 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the underdog Celtics, few teams are better positioned in this year’s draft than Philadelphia. The 76ers own six of the 60 picks in the 2018 NBA draft, including a pair of..." May 17

  • Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum finalists for Rookie of the Year

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Ben Simmons–Donovan Mitchell Rookie of the Year debate turned petty – from Philadelphia to Utah to Boston to Miami. Who will actually win the award, though? The finalists for the award, which will be announced June 25: Ben Simmons..." May 16

  • NBA Owners To Gain From Legalized Sports Betting, Players Could Be Next

    Hoops Rumors "New Jersey is expected to offer sports bets by the end of the month and many states will likely open up their own shops in the coming months. It’s a huge win for the gambling community and those in the gaming industry, but it’s also a huge win for owners of NBA..." May 16

  • Here Are The Odds For Every Team (And Every Pick) In The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery

    Dime Magazine "The 2018 NBA Draft order will finally be set on Tuesday night when the league completes its annual Draft Lottery to determine who gets the first 14 picks of the first round. The Phoenix Suns hold the top spot in the lottery, earning themselves a 25 percent at landing the top pick, but..." May 15

  • Donovan Mitchell: ‘I’ll Probably Watch All 90 Something Games All Over Again’

    SLAM Online "For Donovan Mitchell, this was only the beginning. The rookie’s incredible season came to an end on Tuesday, with the Jazz being eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semis. During his exit interview Wednesday, Mitchell talked about what sort of..." May 09

  • Donovan Mitchell exits game with left foot soreness

    NBA.com "Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell was helped to the locker room in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets with what is being described as left foot soreness, per the team. Mitchell's X-Rays came back negative and he'll be re-evaluated in Utah. The injury occurred after Mitchell collided with..." May 09

  • Donovan Mitchell walks back critical comments about James Harden

    Larry Brown Sports "Shading James Harden is not the hill that Donovan Mitchell wants to die on. Speaking with reporters after shootaround on Tuesday, the Utah Jazz guard backtracked on his recent comments criticizing Harden and his style of play. “Obviously he’s the MVP. There’s no doubt about that,” said..." May 08

  • Report: Rodney Hood refused to enter Game 4 for Cavs

    Amico Hoops "The only blemish on what was pretty much a perfect night to complete the planting of the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night came in the form of Rodney Hood. The 25-year-old, acquired from the Utah Jazz on Feb. 8, lost his rotation spot to rookie Cedi Osman..." May 08

  • Donovan Mitchell Isn’t Happy James Harden’s Style Of Play May Earn Him An MVP

    Uproxx "James Harden and the Houston Rockets are one game away from making the conference finals. Houston won Game 4 against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, 100-87, to take a 3-1 series lead as things shift back to their gym for Game 5. Harden had an ok night by his standards, scoring 24 points, pulling..." May 07

  • Jazz injury woes continue as Exum goes out with hamstring and Favors plays limited minutes on sprained ankle

    Deseret News "It was somewhat reminiscent of what happened seven months earlier when Dante Exum went running off the floor Sunday night during the third quarter and headed straight to the locker room after suffering an injury on the south end of the Vivint Arena floor. Exum had hurt his shoulder in a..." May 07

  • Jazz guard Ricky Rubio out for Game 4 vs. Rockets

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz have been playing the last couple of playoff games without starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring since Game 6 of their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unfortunately for the Jazz, they’ll be without Rubio for Game 4..." May 06

  • Jazz Hope Ricky Rubio Can Return For Game 4

    Hoops Rumors "The Jazz are hopeful that Ricky Rubio will be back on the court for today’s Game 4 against the Rockets, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Rubio missed the first three games of the conference semifinals with a strained left hamstring he suffered nine days ago in the closeout game with the..." May 06

  • Jazz guard Ricky Rubio upgraded to questionable for Game 4

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz have played the first three games of their second round series against the Houston Rockets without point guard and floor general Ricky Rubio. After playing well in the first five games of their first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rubio suffered a hamstring strain in..." May 05

  • Donovan Mitchell takes blame for Game 3 dud: 'I would have been better off not showing up'

    USA Today "Donovan Mitchell was the darling of these NBA playoffs. The precocious Utah Jazz rookie played with the poise of a veteran and the pop of an All-Star. He left fans, media members and even his peers in awe of his talent, with his early postseason performances so dominant that he was sharing..." May 05

  • Report: Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio out for Game 3 vs. Rockets

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz are going to be short-handed on Friday night when they try to go up 2-1 in their series against the Houston Rockets. Ricky Rubio has been officially ruled out with a hamstring injury, although he does look closer and closer to a return. Rubio suffered the injury in the Jazz’s last..." May 04

  • Donovan Mitchell on Ben Simmons' comeback from 1-point game: 'All about the response'

    ESPN "Donovan Mitchell insists he has taken no pleasure from seeing Ben Simmons struggle in the Eastern Conference semifinals despite the rivalry of sorts that has developed between the rookie stars. Mitchell has an Adidas marketing campaign based on the definition of "rookie," a jab at Simmons, the..." May 04

  • James Harden involved in two incidents with Jazz fans during Game 2

    Sportress of Blogitude "James Harden on Wednesday night had two run-ins with Utah Jazz fans who appeared to be heckling him during the Houston Rockets’ 116-108 Game 2 loss at Toyota Center. Both incidents occurred when Harden was either walking in or out of the tunnel. In one instance, the Rockets superstar actually..." May 03

  • Donovan Mitchell becomes 3rd-fastest rookie in NBA history to reach 200+ playoff points

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has simply been amazing this season. And he continues to blow people’s minds in the playoffs, where he is effectively spearheading what is developing to be an unlikely deep postseason run for the Jazz nearly a year after their former face of the franchise ditched..." May 03

  • Pistons passing on Donovan Mitchell bigger draft blunder than Darko Milicic pick

    USA Today "Twelve teams gave up the chance to draft Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. A few teams had good reasons and landed potentially great players. Still, nearly a third of the league's executives missed something. It wasn't just the Detroit Pistons. It's easy to forget that now,..." May 03

  • Suns are hiring Igor Kokoskov as head coach

    Arizona Sports "The Phoenix Suns have tapped into the franchise’s last coaching staff that made a playoff run and are hiring Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their next head coach, the team announced Wednesday. The Suns will sign Kokoskov to a three-year deal, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi. A former..." May 02

  • Donovan Mitchell has eyes on Kobe Bryant's film study: 'I've watched it twice already'

    ESPN "Rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell will need all the help he can get in the Utah Jazz's Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets. So Mitchell wasn't shying away from the gilded hand of Kobe Bryant, who recently released his latest film-breakdown episode of "Detail." In..." May 02

  • Ricky Rubio leaves game with hamstring injury

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook is going to get the better of Ricky Rubio in Game 6, but not for a good reason. Rubio, who has been battling a sore hamstring through much of the series, aggravated it early and went to the locker room. He was ruled out for the rest of the game." April 28

  • Ricky Rubio out at least Game 1 and potentially more of Rockets series

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been playing some of his best basketball of his career, has been ruled out of Sunday’s Game 1 against the Houston Rockets with a left hamstring injury, league sources tell The Tribune. Rubio left Game 6 of a first round win over the Oklahoma City..." April 28

  • L2M Report Rules Rudy Gobert Did Not Foul Paul George to End Game 6

    Bleacher Report "When the referees did not blow the whistle despite there being contact between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on a potential game-tying three-pointer at the end of Friday night's Game 6, Thunder players were in disbelief. As it turns out, the NBA..." April 28

  • Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell tells OKC crowd that the series won't go 7

    CBS Sports "The Utah Jazz seemed set to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, and to do it in emphatic fashion. Up by 25 points in the third quarter of Game 5, the Jazz were embarrassing the Thunder on their own floor. Only, they didn't quite finish the job. Early in the third quarter, Rudy Gobert got into..." April 26

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • After Rubio's triple-double, Westbrook vows to 'shut that s--- off next game'

    CBS Sports "If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. So it was a little odd to see Jazz guard Ricky Rubio put up a monster triple-double against Westbrook in Utah's 115-102 Game 4 victory on Saturday. Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and..." April 22

  • Suns Interview Igor Kokoskov For Head Coach Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns have interviewed Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coach job, league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake City Tribune (Twitter link). We noted yesterday that Phoenix planned to interview Kokoskov as they continue their search. Kokoskov has served an assistant for..." April 21

  • Suns To Interview Jazz Assistant Igor Kokoskov

    Hoops Rumors "Another potential head coaching candidate has entered the mix in Phoenix, as John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports (via Twitter) that the Suns will interview Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for the open job. Kokoskov, a member of Quin Snyder‘s staff in Utah, was recently identified by..." April 20

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Donovan Mitchell, Michael Jordan only rookies with 53+ points in their first 2 playoff games

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz spitfire guard Donovan Mitchell may not take home a Rookie of the Year award if the virtual coin toss favors Ben Simmons, but at least he’s being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mitchell joins Jordan as the only rookies ever to score..." April 19

  • Paul George and Donovan Mitchell Will Play in Thunder-Jazz Game 2

    SI "Paul George and Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 of the Thunder-Jazz matchup. Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed George's place in the game. The Jazz announced Mitchell's return with a movie poster teasing the news." April 18

  • Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell to make game-time decision for Game 2: 'It's a matter of being smart'

    Deseret News "Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant pushed rookie Donovan Mitchell through a series of drills following today's shootaround at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mitchell didn’t appear to be limping with the left foot contusion, but the first-year guard is still listed as questionable heading..." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Mitchell suffered foot bruise; status for Game 2 to be decided Tuesday

    The Score "Donovan Mitchell's injury might be more serious than expected. The Utah Jazz guard is dealing with a left foot contusion, the team announced Monday. Utah will determine on Tuesday whether its leading scorer will play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mitchell suffered..." April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 after MRI comes back negative

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz got off to a rocky start in their playoff campaign this year, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday in Game 1 of the two teams’ first-round encounter, 116-108. What was especially frustrating for the Jazz is that they were not able to have a 100-percent healthy Donovan..." April 16

  • Donovan Mitchell brushes off injury scare: ‘I was just being a baby’

    Larry Brown Sports "Donovan Mitchell is not about to let injury kill his vibe during his first career trip to the postseason. The Utah Jazz rookie gave quite a scare on Sunday in Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the fourth quarter of the 116-108 loss, Mitchell got his..." April 16

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • How the Utah Jazz became the team nobody in the West playoffs wants to face

    Pro Basketball Talk "On Jan. 15, the Utah Jazz were 17-26, nine games under .500 and five games out of the playoffs, they were without injured big man Rudy Gobert, not to mention the Jazz were still trying to figure out their offense in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s summer departure. A lot of teams would have mentally..." April 11

  • John Wall thinks Mitchell, Simmons should both win Rookie of the Year

    NBC Sports "There are several NBA awards races this season that are either unusually close to call or affected greatly by injuries and none of them have drawn more attention than Rookie of the Year. That's because the NBA has two worthy candidates in Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz..." April 11

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