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Utah's Internal Improvement

With July ending, the NBA free agency period is about over. While there are still a few notable names on the market, most teams have filled out their rosters for the upcoming season after giving out well over $2 billion combined in total contracts. The question is how much all that activity has really shifted the balance of power in the league. Because of the way the CBA sets things...
Via RealGM - NBA
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mavs sign free-agent forward Jeremy Evans

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent forward Jeremy Evans on Friday. The 2012 slam dunk champion at All-Star weekend averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Utah Jazz. He played in 219 games, making seven starts. The 6-foot-9 Evans was a late second-round pick by Utah in 2010. He's the career blocks leader at Western Kentucky with 224. Evans...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz PG Trey Burke: "I'm as hungry as I've ever been"

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Trey Burke has enjoyed adding stamps to his passport this summer, but that doesn't mean he's been relaxing. The Utah Jazz point guard is currently in Johannesburg working with the NBA's Basketball without Borders and made his first-ever trip out of the country to the Philippines earlier this summer. In the meanwhile, the team added two more point guards to the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms on the Jazz Episode 29: Utah Jazz Pixels

This week on Jedi & Jerms – Who will likely make the final 15 man roster for the Utah Jazz season opener and what would be the possible scenarios where Trey Burke could be traded? Kobe Bryant – Greatest power forward ever! And Pixels is just awful. Nostalgic, but just awful. Send your thoughts and comments: @jediandjerms, @jermsguy, @jedizaugg, and @TornByDevin. Email...
Via TornBySports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yes, Jim Nantz once worked as a Utah Jazz analyst alongside Hot Rod Hundley

At AA we love finding classic clips that show something unique from the rich history of sports broadcasting.  So we were amazed when Classic TV Sports unearthed this rare footage of Jim Nantz working a game as a basketball analyst, and not a play by play man. One of Nantz’s early stops before joining CBS Sports was in Salt Lake City.  Before he became the play by play man for...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz: Tibor Pleiss Signing Grade

(Feb. 10, 2015 – Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)   By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. Contract: three seasons, 9 million dollars The Utah Jazz have signed 2010 2nd round pick Tibor Pleiss to a three season contract. The German center is 7’2, has played excellent ball as a role player two of the best leagues in the world: Euroleague and Spain’s...
Via HoopStuff
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should start at shooting guard for the Utah Jazz?

As I wrote last week, the Utah Jazz still have some tough decisions to make in regards to finalizing their roster and deciding which of their non-guaranteed players will receive an official spot on the team. In contrast to the final roster spots, however, their starting lineup is nearly all set. The Jazz had a phenomenal finish last season and have been very quiet in free agency...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz Working On Changes To Primary Logo

The Utah Jazz are working on making changes to their logo this offseason or next. The change wouldn't take effect until the 16-17 season at the earliest. They are looking to make the Jazz note logo their primary logo and introducing a new secondary logo. The current Jazz note wordmark doesn't have "Utah" anywhere in it. The NBA requires the full team name to appear in each team's primary logo.
Via RealGM
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms on the Jazz Episode 28: Trey Burke and Ty Lawson

This week on Jedi & Jerms – John and Alan discuss the Twitter controvery surrounding Trey Burke and our recent guest, Salt City Hoop’s Managing Editor, Andy Larsen. They also look at the trade that sent Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets. We welcome your thoughts, tweets and comments: @jediandjerms, @jermsguy, @jedizaugg, and @TornByDevin. Email us:
Via TornBySports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tough decisions still loom for the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz had a quiet free agency, essentially banking on continuity and keeping the team together. Yet after an exciting Summer League that featured potential Jazz players fighting for their NBA lives, the team now has some difficult decisions to make. With the recent and somewhat surprising additions of Brazilian point guard Raul Neto and German center Tibor Pleiss, the Jazz...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Case For Dante Exum: Tools Over Stats

An ankle injury cut short Dante Exum's stint in Summer League before it ever really got a chance to get going, as the second-year Utah Jazz guard rolled his ankle in the final minutes of their first game and he was held out as a precautionary measure for the rest of the summer. The result was that fans didn't get much of a chance to see how Exum would look against inferior competition...
Via RealGM - NBA
17 days ago  |  Discuss

What Raul Neto and Tibor Pleiss mean for the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz have had a quiet offseason.  A year in which $1.4 billion was handed out to players on the very first day of free agency and DeAndre Jordan was flip flopping back and forth between playing for the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers, it is rather surprising to see that the Jazz really haven’t done too much.  However, just because the Jazz have been under...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms on the Jazz Episode 27: The Utah Jazz Are Playoff Bound

This week on Jedi & Jerms, John and Alan look at seven teams the Utah Jazz have to be better than, to make the 2016 playoffs. They gloss over NBA Summer League performances and discuss Jazz roster predictions for the coming NBA season. We welcome your thoughts, tweets and comments: @jediandjerms, @jermsguy, @jedizaugg, and @TornByDevin. Email us: The post...
Via TornBySports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz: Ingles and Neto Signing Grades

Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America   By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… Utah’s offseason has been relatively quiet outside of their rumored interest in Paul Millsap, and opportunity that never really materialized into anything of legitimate importance. They let Jeremy Evans walk, but retained stretch four Joe Ingles, someone who contributed solid...
Via HoopStuff
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future Looks Bright for a Youthful Utah Jazz Team

Utah Jazz’s Bryce Cotton (8) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers’ Jordan McRae, left, defends during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won in overtime, 84-78. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) In a highly competitive Western Conference, it has been easy to overlook and forget about the Utah Jazz. They haven’t made the playoffs...
Via The Sports Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Utah Jazz Guard Bryce Cotton With a 45 Inch Vertical Jump

Bryce Cotton  did not do much during his rookie season in the NBA playing in just 15 games for the Utah Jazz and averaging a little more than 10 minutes and five points a game. That does not mean the man does not have some skills. He just has to bide his time until he gets his chance.Whenhe does he better be ready. So to make sure he is he is working out at the P3 SportsScience...
Via FatManWriting
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Tibor Pleiss joins Jazz, leaves FC Barcelona

German center Tibor Pleiss will sign with the Utah Jazz after terminating his contract with FC Barcelona, reports Jose Ignacio Huguet. Tibor Pleiss rompe su contrato con e @FCBbasket para firmar por los Utah Jazz  — Jose Ignacio Huguet (@josehuguet) July 9, 2015 Pleiss was drafted by the Nets in the second round of the 2010...
Via Hoops-Nation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz, draft pick Lyles reach terms on rookie contract

It took longer than expected, but now it's official: Forward Trey Lyles will play his rookie season with the Utah Jazz this fall.A dragged-out contract negotiation period led to a multi-year deal. "I'm happy to be here, and I'm looking forward to getting started," Lyles said Tuesday night.It's unclear whether Lyles can join his team in Summer League in time to hit the floor this...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dante Exum sprains ankle, to miss Summer League action

Dante Exum's Summer League campaign has started with mixed results.His performance? Terrific. He netted 20 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead his Utah Jazz to a 100-82 victory over the Boston Celtics.His health? A little less stellar. Exum rolled his ankle late in the same game, and he's doubtful to play again for a few days. Utah might do the smart thing, in fact, and...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing The Exum vs. Smart Summer League Duel

Summer League action is back in Utah, and Monday's opening night saw sophomore point guards Dante Exum and Marcus Smart square off. After being drafted with the No. 5 and No. 6 overall pick in 2014, the young floor generals showed why they'll be valuable pieces for their respective organizations. While they may play the same position, Smart and Exum differ immensely in their physical...
Via RealGM - NBA
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Alec Burks wants to get to the playoffs “for the city of Utah”

It’s the Summer League, so you can excuse everyone involved in the NBA to have their minds elsewhere.  Maybe that’s why we can excuse Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz for this soundbyte when he stepped into the broadcast booth last night… @awfulannouncing oh yeah. — Section 328 (@Section328) July 7, 2015 The best part about this clip is Burks’...
Via Awful Announcing
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Incredibly Unique Jeremy Evans

​ Here’s a player that’s unlikely to attract very much attention this summer: Jeremy Evans. After five seasons deep in the Utah Jazz bench unit—is there a role in the NBA further from the media spotlight?—Evans and his Dunk Contest title are hitting the free agent market.  This would be the first time that Evans has had to move since becoming a professional basketball...
Via The Sports Post
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

6-foot-10 blogger pretends to be a Utah Jazz draft pick, gets all the ladies (Video)

One of the best gags in a long time came Thursday night when a nearly 7-foot tall blogger for Elite Daily went down to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and pretended to be an NBA draft pick. The fans surrounding the arena ate it all up, and so did plenty of people at the club scene...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: 6'10" Blogger Pretends to Get Drafted By the Utah Jazz and Parties Like Crazy in NYC

This is awesome. A blogger that happens to be really, really tall decided to mess with people Thursday and pretend he was drafted by the Utah Jazz. What's crazy about the whole thing was how easy it was to do. People were taking selfies like crazy before the draft, he got on the floor of the draft, and was treated like a future superstar after the draft as the "newest member of the...
Via FatManWriting
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

A Look at the Utah Jazz and their Second-Half Leap

Part of the fun of the second half of the NBA season is seeing which young team will make the leap from potentially good to legitimate threat. This year, that team is the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have posted an 11-3 record since the All-Star break and trade deadline, including victories over Portland, San Antonio and Houston. What’s really impressive, though, is how they’re winning...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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