Jazz Rumors & News

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them

    Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Jazz have dollars, but will they spend them in free agency?

    Salt Lake Tribune "On some levels, the Utah Jazz know what could and should happen this offseason. On others, the debate continues in the front office. There are two ways Utah's summer can go. The Jazz can settle in with their young core and fortify their depth behind it. Or they can use their bushel of assets..." May 06

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy

    SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • Future of Trevor Booker, Joe Ingles and Jeremy Evans in Utah is uncertain

    The Deseret News "Now that the 2014-15 NBA regular season is over and all the warm, fuzzy feelings of locker-cleanout day have started to subside, the Utah Jazz must soon get back to the business side of basketball. As in, what players will be on their shopping list in the free-agent market this offseason? And..." April 25

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Jeremy Evans facing uncertainty of free agency

    Salt Lake Tribune "He's made the drives to Wendover and Ely, Kemmerer and Cokeville, Delta and St. George. Never mind that it's an obligation so often left for rookies — that hasn't stopped Jeremy Evans from venturing out each summer to host Jr. Jazz basketball clinics across the Mountain West. He knows..." April 22

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that'

    CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Jazz players go easy on Kanter in talking about turnaround

    The Deseret News "When former Jazzman Enes Kanter came back to town with Oklahoma City last month and made negative comments about the Jazz organization and his time in Utah, Jazz players were not happy to see him, snubbing him on the court and making a few pointed comments afterward. However, they left their..." April 17

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Rockets rout Jazz to lock up first division title in more than 20 years

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets did not don any goofy Southwest Division championship shirts. They did not happily proclaim “We’re No. 2!” There was no confetti in sight. The Rockets did their celebrating during the game and seemed to love every minute of it. They got what everything they wanted from..." April 16

  • Trevor Booker fires back at Enes Kanter on Twitter

    Salt Lake Tribune "After spending his homecoming lightly blasting his old team and subsequently reveling in a chorus of boos from the fans that once cheered him, Enes Kanter lobbed one more insult at the Utah Jazz on his way out of Salt Lake City late last month. "We have to do a better job," Kanter said..." April 16

  • Utah Jazz close out home schedule with 109-92 win over Dallas Mavericks

    Salt Lake Tribune "For one last time this year, the streamers fell from the rafters at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, as the Utah Jazz closed out their home schedule with a 109-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Bryce Cotton scored a game-high 21 points and dished four assists and Rudy Gobert had 20 points and..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • Booker scores 36 to lead Utah over Portland, 111-105

    Salt Lake Tribune "Derrick Favors knew long before tipoff that he wasn't going to set foot on the court. So, too, did Gordon Hayward, who sat at the end of the bench with a towel to wave, not wipe away sweat. Trevor Booker made sure he had plenty of chances to use it. The fifth-year forward scored a..." April 12

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    David Locke @Lockedonsports

    Jazz will be without Trey Burke tonight

  • Gasol scores 22 as Grizzlies beat Jazz

    Fox Sports Tennessee "Marc Gasol had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a dramatic 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night that strengthened their playoff positioning. The Grizzlies closed the game on a 16-6 run, but had to wait out a few anxious moments at the..." April 11

  • Jazz beat Sacramento Kings 103-91

    Salt Lake Tribune "George Karl could make only the modest promise of a coach missing his three best players. "I feel pretty good that we can get this game into the fourth quarter," Sacramento's third head coach this season said before tipoff on Wednesday night. Once they got there, Rodney Hood and the Utah..." April 09

  • Jazz will rest Gordon Hayward, but won’t shut him down

    Salt Lake Tribune "The season isn't a sprint, as the saying goes, it's a marathon. Although in the case of Gordon Hayward, it's been closer to seven of them — and the Jazz swingman can feel the miles adding up. According to the NBA's player tracking data, no Jazzman has logged more miles on the floor this year..." April 09

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Hood leads Jazz over Kings, 101-95

    Salt Lake Tribune "By now, most Utah Jazz fans who have more than a passing interest in the team know it's been a difficult rookie season for Rodney Hood. Injuries — from a bum foot, to stomach issues, to a concussion — have kept him sidelined for over half the schedule. When he has gotten onto the court, he's..." April 06

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    Paul Coro @paulcoro

    Trey Burke (sore lower back) will not play in #SunsVsJazz tonight. Rodney Hood will start with Exum, Hayward, Favors and Gobert.

  • Jazz win third in a row, beat Nuggets 98-84

    Salt Lake Tribune "Early this season, Dante Exum wasn't even allowed to drive. The 19-year-old Aussie point guard had to rely on teammates and even, on occasion, his mother to get him to practices and games before he was licensed to get behind the wheel in the States. Since then, it's been driving on the court..." April 02

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    Aaron Falk @tribjazz

    There's the update: Derrick Favors will play, Jazz PR says. Rodney Hood (concussion) is out.

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • Utah broadcasters’ talk of tanking miffs Timberwolves’ coach

    Salt Lake Tribune "Flip Saunders was fired up after his team's win over the Jazz last week in Salt Lake City — and not just because of his short-handed squad's play in an overtime victory. Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring had discussed the "tanking" in the NBA and mention was made of the..." March 31

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    Kent Youngblood @BloodStrib

    No Favors tonight for Utah

  • Trevor Booker takes shot at Enes Kanter with postgame comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Enes Kanter being traded from the Jazz to the Thunder was among the flurry of moves leading up to this year’s NBA trade deadline. Prior to the deadline, there was growing speculation Kanter would be moved after indicating he preferred to be traded away from Utah. The 22-year-old eventually got..." March 30

  • Kanter: 'Never liked playing' in Utah

    ESPN.com "Returning to play against his former team on Saturday, Thunder center Enes Kanter claimed to have more to say about his tumultuous tenure with the Utah Jazz, but didn't hold back all that much. "I love it," Kanter said of his change of scenery. "It's a team I've never experienced before and I..." March 29

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    Utah Jazz @utahjazz

    Derrick Favors (back spasms) is DOUBTFUL #OKCatUTA

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Chris Johnson To Sign With Jazz For Remainder Of Season

    Real GM Basketball "Chris Johnson has agreed to sign with the Utah Jazz for the remainder of the season, league sources tell RealGM." March 27

  • Wright’s leadership helps Blazers snap skid, beat Jazz

    CSN Northwest "The Utah Jazz had everything under control on Wednesday night. The Jazz had just finished another explosive quarter, took a 10-point lead into the final period, only 12 minutes away from sending Portland to its sixth straight loss. “We knew that we were in control at that point in time,”..." March 26

  • Jazz Sign Jack Cooley to a Multi-Year Deal

    NBA.com "The Utah Jazz announced today that team has signed forward Jack Cooley to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Cooley signed his most recent 10-day contract with the Jazz on March 16 and has appeared in six Jazz games, averaging 1.7 points in 4.3 minutes per..." March 26

  • Jazz continue trend of playing up — or down — to the level of their competition

    The Deseret News "Throughout the history of sports, countless teams have often been cited for (and are usually guilty of) playing up or down to the level of their competition. And the Utah Jazz are certainly no exception. Going back to the glory days of Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone, the Jazz..." March 25

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    David Locke @Lockedonsports

    Both Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood are listed as doubtful for Wednesday game v. Portland

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    Aaron Falk @tribjazz

    Jazz announce they have purchased the Idaho Stampede. Team has signed a one-year extension to stay in Boise through 2015-16 at least.

  • Angry Flip Saunders after win: 'We're not tanking games'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In all the NBA’s history of tense, overtime games, there probably never has been a winning coach as livid as the Timberwolves’ Flip Saunders seemed after Monday’s 106-104 victory over Utah. He had just seen his team with only seven healthy players win in OT, at altitude, on the second night of..." March 24

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    Aaron Falk @tribjazz

    With Hayward out, Jazz likely to start Exum, Hood, Ingles, Favors and Gobert.

  • Kirilenko: "That's my last season"

    EuroHoops.net "One month after his return to Moscow and CSKA, Andrei Kirilenko plans to retire from professional basketball this summer, as he said. The Russian superstar came back home after three months out of action in the NBA due to family reasons. He signed a short-term contract with CSKA in mid February..." March 23

  • Barbosa, Curry lead Warriors past stingy Jazz

    CSN Bay Area "The Warriors won their 12th consecutive game this season at Oracle Arena, throttling the persistent Utah Jazz 106-91 on Saturday night. The victory reduced their magic number to two to win the Pacific Division, while their magic number to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs..." March 22

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

  • Byron Scott’s focus on Lakers’ 80-73 loss to Jazz, not NCAA tournament

    L.A. Daily News "The volume level rose amid all the chatter, cheers and laughter. Just like nearly everyone in this country, the Lakers spent their time on Thursday watching the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The significance of those games could provide more implications than just Lakers forward Ed Davis..." March 20

  • Wizards tune out Jazz to reach 40-win mark

    CSN Washington "This performance wasn't as anything to brag about for the Wizards, who had 22 turnovers and a series of botched plays down the stretch of their first game of a four-game trip vs. the Utah Jazz, but they extended their winning streak to five games and extinguished one of the league's hottest teams..." March 19