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Utah Jazz: Pre-Camp Northwest Division Power Rankings

A look at where the Utah Jazz and the rest of the teams in the NBA’s Northwest Division stand heading into training camp.   What a difference a year makes. Entering the 2015-16 NBA season, the Utah Jazz were in a weird place. Expectations were heightened following the team’s epic run after the 2015 All-Star break, […] Utah Jazz: Pre-Camp Northwest Division Power Rankings...
Via Purple and Blues
12 hours ago

Utah Jazz Land at No. 7 in ESPN’s Power Rankings

The Utah Jazz continue to get love from the national sporting press, showing up at No. 7 in ESPN’s training camp power rankings. ESPN posted the training camp edition of their NBA power rankings as compiled by senior hoops writer Marc Stein on Friday. For much of the summer, the Utah Jazz have shown well […] Utah Jazz Land at No. 7 in ESPN’s Power Rankings - Purple and Blues...
Via Purple and Blues
1 day ago

Utah Jazz Video: Hayward’s Gaming, Bolerjack on Okur, Renovations

A trip down the Utah Jazz YouTube rabbit hole offers a look at Gordon Hayward’s recent gaming session with fans, Craig Bolerjack on Mehmet Okur and VSHA renovations. There’s a lot going on in Utah Jazz land right now, and not just at the Zions Bank Basketball Center where players have gathered for open gym. […] Utah Jazz Video: Hayward’s Gaming, Bolerjack on Okur, Renovations...
Via Purple and Blues
1 day ago

Boris Diaw made sure to bring his espresso machine to the Grand Canyon

13-year NBA veteran Boris Diaw is a very interesting dude. Sports Illustrated even wrote an article in July of 2015 calling him the “NBA’s most interesting man”. Another very (very, very very) interesting dude, Bill Walton, was all over this years ago when providing color commentary for a Lakers-Suns game on ESPN, as Walton called Diaw a “classic human being” and said...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Did The Jazz Sign Henry Sims?

Four-year NBA veteran Henry Sims is the latest addition to the Jazz roster. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) The Utah Jazz got one step closer to finalizing their training camp roster, inking veteran center Henry Sims. While this appears to be a simple, low-key camp invite, there may be a bit more to Sims than meets the eye. First, who is Sims? The 6’11”, 248-lb big man hails...
Via Salt City Hoops
3 days ago

WATCH: Vivint Smart Home Arena Renovation Announcement

Vivint Smart Home Arena will be transformed as the result of a $125 million renovation. The majority of the construction will begin at the conclusion of the 2016-17 Utah Jazz basketball season with anticipated completion by fall 2017.
Via YouTube
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz’s George Hill hands out hot meals to Salt Lake City homeless (pics)

George Hill is a recent addition to the Salt Lake City community after the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Utah Jazz in July. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel compelled to help some of his new city’s citizens in need. Impacting Lives is Something I Strive To Do Everyday. Whether Its A Smile, Hug, Conversation,… https://t.co/AlJYrb8w1t — INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Gordon Hayward expected to opt out, test free agency

The Utah Jazz have a solid foundation of under-the-radar talent that has many expecting them to be a sleeper team in 2016-17. But they may have to start maneuvering to keep that foundation in place come next summer. According to a report by Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend, Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz trade Pleiss to 76ers for Marshall, waive Marshall

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have traded center Tibor Pleiss to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Kendall Marshall in a cost-cutting move. The Jazz announced the deal Friday morning and then waived Marshall. Two second-round picks were also sent to the 76ers. Marshall was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft, but spent four seasons with four teams. His 2016-17 salary...
Via Associated Press
August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Derrick Favors is the 42nd Best Player in Basketball

Throughout the offseason, we will rank the top 50 players in the NBA. To be clear, these are the 50 best players for the 2016-17 season, regardless of team situation, past performance or future potential. If you’re trying to win a championship in 2016-17, these are the 50 players you’d want most. Why He’s Great: More than any other player in basketball, you know exactly what...
Via The Sports Post
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Trey Lyles - Best of the Year

Trey Lyles had a career-high 22 points on 9/16 from the field (4/8 3pt) - leading the Jazz to a 100-84 win over Denver on April 10th.
Via YouTube
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz Power Forward Trey Lyles Is Training With Massive Truck Tires This Off-Season

Trey Lyles of the Utah Jazz has been working hard this off-season. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward is one of the more versatile players on the team. His skills and the hard work he's been putting in all summer should help him get more playing time next season. RELATED: 5 NBA Players Working Hard This Off-Season to Avoid the Sophomore Slump TreyMamba averaged 6.1 points...
Via Stack
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Analyzing the 2016-17 Utah Jazz schedule

The start of the NBA season is just over two months away, so now is as good a time as any to look ahead at the upcoming season for the Utah Jazz. After falling just short of the final playoff spot in the West last season, the team made some moves in the hopes of securing a playoff spot this time around. The addition of Joe Johnson, George Hill and Boris Diaw add a nice offensive...
Via isportsweb.com
August 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Finally, Utah Jazz PG Dante Exum is Healthy and Ready to Ball

At the Rio Olympics the Australian men's basketball team gave Team USA a run for its money (the U.S. hung on to win 98-88). One couldn't help imagine what the Aussies would have done if they had two more of their NBA brethren on the roster. Ben Simmons is the obvious name, but the Philadelphia 76ers rookie opted to focus on the NBA Summer League and preparing for his first NBA...
Via Stack
August 11, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Thurl Bailey Jr Jazz

Jazz legend Thurl Bailey spent a week on the road teaching Jr. Jazz Youth Basketball​ players the fundamentals of the game and how to have fun playing it.
Via YouTube
August 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz: How To Make The Offseason 'Win' Work On The Court

With a frenetic summer signing period finally slowing down, we have finally have a chance to evaluate how everything has come together for teams across the league. Five franchises in particular stood out because of the collection of talent they acquired both in the draft and free agency. In this series, we'll look at not only why these teams "won" their summers, but the work that...
Via RealGM - NBA
August 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Utah Jazz offseason moves

The Utah Jazz made some noise during the free agency period, adding some experience to what was one of the more youthful rosters in the league. Both Joe Johnson (acquired during free agency) and George Hill (acquired via trade) are a welcome sight to a team that is currently improving on both sides of the ball. Both Johnson and Hill will have an immediate impact for this club, and...
Via isportsweb.com
July 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Kansas Star Jeff Withey Engaged To Former Playboy Playmate

Former Kansas star Jeff Withey, who currently plays for the Utah Jazz, got engaged on Monday to a former Playboy playmate named Kennedy Summers. The announcement comes just over a month after Summers accused Withey of cheating on her on social media. Withey denied the allegations. Regardless, it appears the couple is in a good place. Check it out: @jeffwithey and I got...
Via College Spun
July 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Utah Jazz Are Looking Good–Really Good

Last season the Utah Jazz were a dark horse pick by many to grab the eighth seed in the Western Conference and were thought by some to have an even higher ceiling than that. Their season was marred, however, by bad injury luck. Their young core of Dante Exum, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, and Rudy Gobert missed significant time due to injuries. The only players to start in more than...
Via The Sports Quotient
July 19, 2016  |  Discuss

George Hill found out he was traded in a Larry Bird voicemail

Finding out you’ve been traded is kind of like getting broken up with. You’d rather find out face to face out of respect than via phone call or text message. Apparently, George Hill learned that he had been traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Utah Jazz from a voicemail left on his phone from Larry Bird. Surely this stung Hill a little bit more than it might have for another...
Via The Comeback
July 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Jazz's Snyder says no set timetable on Exum's return

The Utah Jazz have a lot of things to look forward to next season, but a resurgent, post-ACL injury Dante Exum may not be one of them. In an interview with Jody Genessy of the Deseret News on Saturday, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said that there is still no specific timetable for Exum’s return to the court. “I think that’s an injury that he’ll be back from, but it’s not...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Blazers, Jazz, Pelicans And The Merits Of Middle Class Improvement

It's hard to tell in the moment who got this offseason right. The Warriors preemptively secured the 2017 title and the Bulls screwed up something fierce, but beyond that, our eyes are still adjusting to the harsh sunlight of a world in which the barely basketball-like stylings of Matthew Dellavedova are worth nearly $40 million. The cash being thrown around in free agency calls to...
Via RealGM - NBA
July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Rudy Gobert plays Pokemon Go at Summer League game

If you have not yet heard of “Pokemon Go,” we’re guessing you’re just returning to the country from some remote location. The smartphone game has taken millennials by storm. How popular is it? So popular that one NBA player was catching Pokemon during a Summer League game. On Monday night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert shared a screenshot of a Pokemon that showed up while...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

George Hill: “I was supposed to retire with Pacers”

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, George Hill hoped to stay with the Pacers for a very long time when he re-signed for five years and $40 million back in 2012. But last month, the Pacers traded Hill to the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal to acquire Jeff Teague. The 30-year-old point guard told reporters on Friday that he planned on finishing his career with the Pacers...
Via The Sports Daily
July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Ben Simmons keeps showing off extraordinary passing in NBA Summer League

The top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and assumed savior of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, Ben Simmons, really put on an amazing display of passing in the Sixers’ summer league game against the Utah Jazz. You know these passes have to really be something else for us to highlight them, but trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Just look at this, Simmons makes a baseline drive...
Via The Comeback
July 07, 2016  |  Discuss
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