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  • Lakers interested in Jazz big man Derrick Favors

    SLC Dunk "According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Los Angeles Lakers may end up targeting Derrick Favors in the upcoming free agency period, especially if their plans to reel in New Orleans Pelicans star forward/center Anthony Davis fall through. Deveney didn’t go into much detail..." May 17

  • Rudy Gobert joins Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George as finalists for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award

    Salt Lake Tribune "The voters have spoken: Rudy Gobert is again in the top three for the NBA’s annual Defensive Player of the Year award. Gobert’s place as a finalist for the award was announced on Friday evening, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George. Gobert is the reigning..." May 17

  • Free agent PG Ricky Rubio mentions Celtics as possible landing spot

    WEEI Boston "It will certainly be an eventful offseason for the Celtics with many players coming and going. Could one of those players be point guard Ricky Rubio? The free agent discussed his thought process and brought up the Celtics. "There are a thousand possibilities,..." May 16

  • Ricky Rubio raring to play for Spain in FIBA World Cup, but will need permission from new team

    Clutch Points "Now that the 2018-19 NBA season is over, Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio is getting ready to play for his native Spain in the FIBA World Cup. Unfortunately, it appears he is not able to fully commit to the national team at the moment due to his free agent..." May 15

  • NBA Likely To Move Up Start Of July Moratorium

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA is expected to tweak the start date and time of its annual July moratorium, sources tell Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com (Twitter link). According to Bontemps, rather than starting at 12:00 am eastern time on July 1, the moratorium will likely begin six hours earlier, on June 30 at 6:00..." May 15

  • NBA Trade Rumors: Jazz Expected to Make Another Push for Grizzlies' Mike Conley

    Bleacher Report "The Utah Jazz are reportedly expected to initiate offseason trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies about Mike Conley after failing to acquire the point guard before the NBA trade deadline in February. Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported the..." May 15

  • Ideal Landing Spots for Star NBA Free Agent Tobias Harris

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's most interesting journeyman has reached the open market. While never an All-Star, Tobias Harris has often produced like one, most recently providing 20 points per night and compiling a brilliant 48.7/39.7/86.6 shooting slash. But for one reason or another,..." May 15

  • Rudy Gobert Tweets With Joy After Witnessing ‘The End Of Tanking’

    Fadeaway World "The 2019 Draft lottery sent shockwaves throughout the league. The Knicks, Lakers, and Grizzlies landed top 4 picks, while the Pelicans lucked out the most with the first. Other than making predictions on where these players will land, there are more implications we can make from the results of..." May 15

  • Ricky Rubio admits being affected by trade talk surrounding Mike Conley, impending free agency

    Clutch Points "the rest of his NBA career, as the Utah Jazz have been mum about their willingness to re-sign him. Rubio survived a turbulent trade deadline, including rumors of a potential point guard swap with Memphis Grizzlies lifer Mike Conley. Rubio was well aware of..." May 14

  • NBA rumors: Where will Sixers’ Jimmy Butler sign as a free agent?

    Newark Star-Ledger "There are plenty of questions surrounding the Sixers heading into the offseason. One of the biggest revolves around Jimmy Butler, the star wing they acquired in December from the Minnesota Timberwolves. When the Sixers made the trade, they knew full well that there was a..." May 14

  • Rudy Gobert blasts ‘losers’ who mocked Joel Embiid for crying

    Larry Brown Sports "Joel Embiid showed some serious emotion after the Philadelphia 76ers lost a heartbreaking Game 7 to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, and you can count Rudy Gobert among those who respected it. Embiid was shown crying on his way into the locker room after Kawhi Leonard’s..." May 13

  • Jazz Rework Front Office, Promote Lindsey, Zanik

    Hoops Rumors "The Jazz are making some changes to their front office structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports that longtime general manager Dennis Lindsey will be promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations. An official announcement is..." May 10

  • Jazz GM on Mike Conley-Ricky Rubio trade talks with Grizzlies: ‘A team leaked something, and it was unethical’

    Deseret News "The morning after his team bowed out of the playoffs, Ricky Rubio came to the exit interviews at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus wearing a shirt promoting the classic TV sitcom "Friends." Of course he did. With team chemistry and teammate friendship being so..." May 10

  • Jazz Planning To Make A Run At Tobias Harris

    Hoops Rumors "Tony Jones of The Athletic is the latest reporter to hear that the Jazz plan to pursue Sixers forward Tobias Harris in free agency. In a column looking ahead to important offseason dates, Jones states that Harris will consider coming to Utah if Philadelphia doesn’t offer..." May 09

  • Four potential Ricky Rubio landing spots in free agency

    Hoops Hype "In the modern NBA, you need a strong point guard to even have a chance to compete. Without one, you’re lost. One of the top options set to come available this offseason in free agency is Utah Jazz floor general Ricky Rubio, who will receive a good amount of interest from..." May 08

  • One Trade Every Lottery Team Must Consider If It Wins No. 1 Pick

    Bleacher Report "Whichever team wins the NBA draft lottery on May 14 will focus its attention on Zion Williamson. That organization can also expect phone calls from franchises across the league looking to pry away the No. 1 pick. Regardless of how highly the lottery winner thinks of..." May 08

  • Blockbuster NBA Trades That Should Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The approaching 2019 NBA offseason means attention will soon pivot from reality to fantasy. When the games end, roster reconstruction begins. That means the draft, free agency and, most of all, fanciful trade speculation. Every team has a shot to do something spectacular..." May 07

  • Friends forever? Jazz have big decision to make with Ricky Rubio, backcourt

    Deseret News "The morning after his team bowed out of the playoffs, Ricky Rubio came to the exit interviews at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus wearing a shirt promoting the classic TV sitcom "Friends." Of course he did. With team chemistry and teammate friendship being so..." May 06

  • Derrick Favors prefers to remain with Jazz

    Salt Lake Tribune "Over the coming months, there will be no shortage of speculation about how different the Jazz’s roster might look next season. After all, Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, and Ekpe Udoh are unrestricted free agents; Kyle Korver is contemplating retirement; and Derrick Favors’ salary..." May 04

  • How do the Utah Jazz get to the next level?

    SLC Dunk "It’s been a week since the Utah Jazz season ended in Houston. After seven days worth of thinking about the 2018-19 season, there’s a lot on my mind. The way the season ended, how it ended, why it ended, etc. What were the best things about this past season? What were the..." May 02

  • Cavs to formally interview J.B. Bickerstaff, Alex Jensen this week

    Fear The Sword "According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Cavs are formally interviewing both J.B. Bickerstaff and Alex Jensen this week for their open head coaching job: Bickerstaff was recently fired by the Grizzlies and has a connection to the Cavs via his father Bernie Bickerstaff, who..." April 30

  • Grizzlies Interview Alex Jensen For Head Coaching Job

    Hoops Rumors "After a front office shakeup that saw top decision-maker Chris Wallace re-assigned to the scouting department, the Grizzlies have taken their time addressing their head coaching vacancy. However, we can now add at least one name to their list of candidates. Jazz assistant Alex Jensen..." April 30

  • NBA Free Agents Who Can't Afford to Stay Put This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Before every 2019 NBA free agent ventures into the open market, they'll inevitably be advised of how the grass isn't always greener on the other side. But as that adage concedes, sometimes the grass is greener—maybe dramatically so. A change of..." April 30

  • Donovan Mitchell already has his summer schedule mapped out for Jazz

    Clutch Points "Unlike last offseason, Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell says he already his 2019 summer schedule mapped out. After bursting onto the NBA scene last year as a rookie, Mitchell’s 2018 summer was a lot to handle for the youngster, who admits he didn’t approach it the..." April 26

  • Jazz considering several roster changes amid quick postseason exit

    Deseret News "One by one, they came to the podium and talked about their accomplishments and disappointments from the just-concluded season as well as hopes for the future, in what has become known as “locker clean-out day." Seventeen Jazz players addressed the assembled media over a..." April 26

  • Kyle Korver 'Weighing' NBA Retirement After Jazz's 1st-Round Loss to Rockets

    Bleacher Report "Utah Jazz swingman Kyle Korver is considering retirement now that his team's season is over following a first-round loss to the Houston Rockets. "There's a real cost as you get older," he said of continuing to play at the NBA level, per Ryan McDonald of the Deseret..." April 25

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Giannis Top April 2019 NBA Jersey Sales

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James hasn't played any games in April, but that didn't stop him from having the top-selling jersey in the NBA during the month. Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out..." April 25

  • Ratings For NBA Playoffs Down In 30 Out Of 33 Windows Compared To 2018

    Real GM Basketball "Television ratings for the 2019 NBA Playoffs have been down significantly during the first window.  Going into Wednesday's doubleheader of Game 5s, ratings and/or viewership have declined for 30 of the 33 playoff windows compared to last season. Twenty-six games have declined..." April 25

  • Utah Jazz Show How Dangerous They Can Be When Donovan Mitchell Has Help

    Bleacher Report "Donovan Mitchell came alive Monday night just in time to prolong the Utah Jazz's season in a 107-91 Game 4 win. Without his 19-point fourth quarter, they do not roll over the Houston Rockets 31-12 in those 12 minutes. They do not stave off a first-round sweep. They do not see..." April 23

  • Rockets’ success against Jazz unlikely to be replicated against Warriors because of one simple fact

    Clutch Points "The Houston Rockets seem to be on their way to the Western Conference semifinals after stunning the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their first round playoff series matchup. They are one win away from advancing to the next round and will face the winner of the Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers..." April 21

  • James Harden takes shot at Jazz over in-game trash talk

    The Score "The Utah Jazz were talking quite a bit of trash talk to James Harden on Saturday night during Game 3 of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Uncharacteristically, Harden didn’t sink a single field goal until the fourth quarter and only had three made shots all night..." April 21

  • Korver defends Mitchell after missing crucial 3-pointer

    The Score "Donovan Mitchell's game-high 34 points became an afterthought after the budding Utah Jazz star missed a wide-open, game-tying triple in the dying seconds of Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Houston Rockets. The second-year guard was clearly disappointed after the play, but..." April 21

  • Jae Crowder says Jazz haven’t made Rockets feel them on defense

    Clutch Points "During the regular season, Jae Crowder and the Utah Jazz gave up the fourth-fewest points at 106.5 per game. The Jazz’s stout defense was expected to give the Houston Rockets problems in the first round of the playoffs since Utah can switch basically every pick-and-roll and center Rudy..." April 19

  • Rudy Gobert says Jazz has been “a little too nice” vs. Rockets

    Salt Lake Tribune "I’m not big on cliches like “setting the tone.” Most of the time, setting the tone early just means you just made some shots early, or you have better players than the other team, or your coach drew up a great play, or something like that. “Setting the tone” is..." April 19

  • We shouldn’t judge NBA players if they struggle when they’re hurt

    SB Nation "The NBA playoffs define the legacies of great players, yet they’re also when those players often aren’t at their best because of injuries. Many times, we don’t find out about these injuries until months or years after the fact. At that point, those..." April 18

  • James Harden on playing in Utah: ‘I don’t worry about the fans’

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Rockets absolutely dismantled the Utah Jazz in the first two games of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series, winning by a combined 52 points. It’s going to be a completely different monster on the road in Utah, starting Game 3 this coming weekend. Jazz fans..." April 18

  • Trades to Rescue NBA Superstars Who Missed the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Winning is among the main criteria for NBA stardom. If you aren't leading your team to success, typically in the form of playoff trips, you're going to face questions about whether you're really all that good. That way of thinking is reductive, though...." April 16

  • Adam Silver: NBA to Debate Shorter Games, In-Season Tournaments, Load Management

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has seen a few sizable changes in commissioner Adam Silver's era, including a revamp of the All-Star game and draft lottery formats.  However, Silver told reporters that the Association is exploring more seismic changes, including reducing games from 48..." April 12

  • Jazz Could Acquire Kemba Walker Via Sign And Trade Deal This Summer

    Fadeaway World "As far as being a team stuck in the middle, the Jazz are a team all too familiar with it. Their defensive prowess and the leadership of Donovan Mitchell has landed them a playoff spot again in the Western Conference, but their ceiling is not exactly high. As the 5th seed, they will..." April 09

  • Jazz's Kyle Korver discusses racism in the NBA, white privilege

    Sporting News "Jazz player Kyle Korver isn't one of the flashier players in the NBA, but Monday he revealed about how his time in the league has opened his eyes to many things. Specifically, white privilege and his role as a white man. In a piece for "The Player's..." April 08

  • Jazz have four players listed as out vs. Lakers

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz has a total of four players listed as out in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Via Twitter, the Jazz reported that Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors, Kyle Korver, and Raul Neto are listed as ‘out.’ " April 07

  • Donovan Mitchell thinks Rudy Gobert ‘should be Defensive Player of the Year again’

    Salt Lake Tribune "On Friday morning, the Utah Jazz revealed their “Encore 2019” campaign designed to help center Rudy Gobert win a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. After that night’s demolition of the Sacramento Kings, in which Gobert added four more blocked..." April 06

  • NBA tells teams 2020-21 salary cap is $2 million lower than projected

    Clutch Points "The NBA’s salary cap has been steadily rising over the course of the past few years thanks to an extremely lucrative television deal, as well as the league being extraordinarily popular all over the world. Other than Michael Jordan’s heyday, it seems that the NBA right now..." April 05

  • Rudy Gobert becomes first Utah player with over 1,000 rebounds in multiple seasons

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert made some history on Wednesday night as he became the first ever player in franchise history to grab more than 1,000 rebounds in multiple seasons. This is via NBA stats guru Justin Kubatko. That’s quite an achievement for the..." April 04

  • Which Top Young NBA Cores Are Built for Titles and Which Are Built to Fail?

    Bleacher Report "In the NBA, playing young doesn't have to mean playing the long game. Sure, there are always a handful of bottom-feeders who attach their hopes to undeveloped prospects, whether on their rosters or slated to join the team in an upcoming draft. But the most fortunate..." April 01

  • Back spasm forces Derrick Favors out of matchup vs. Wizards

    Clutch Points "The Utah Jazz had to do without the services of veteran forward Derrick Favors for the most part of Friday night’s 128-124 victory against the Washington Wizards. The 27-year-old left the game after just nine minutes of action, and was unable to return due to back spasms. Favors..." March 30

  • Donovan Mitchell: I’ll ‘for sure’ compete again in dunk contest

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the last 25 years, four players won the dunk contest then played in their first All-Star game: Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Blake Griffin and John Wall. None returned to the dunk contest. Donovan Mitchell, who won last year’s dunk contest, isn’t a lock to become an..." March 29

  • Joe Ingles is the realest

    SLC Dunk "Last night was a night that Joe Ingles will always remember. Not just because he helped his team get a critical win with playoff seeding on the line. Not because it was against the Lakers. Not even because he had a career-high 14 assists and was one..." March 28

  • Jazz G Exum has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    ESPN "Utah Jazz reserve point guard Dante Exum underwent surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee Wednesday and remains out indefinitely, the team announced Thursday. Exum left last week's 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves after three minutes..." March 28

  • Fox, Mitchell, Simmons or Tatum: Which super soph would NBA execs build around?

    ESPN "As Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum worked their way through three of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory, the debate raged over which of them was the best talent to build around. That three-horse race was competitive enough. But..." March 28