Pro Basketball Talk "Gordon Hayward signed a large contract extension with the Utah Jazz this summer, and worked hard on trying to improve both his game and his physique. Hayward looks noticeably bigger and stronger, and he told me he put on at least 10 pounds of muscle after one of Team USA’s practices in Chicago...." September 14
Salt Lake Tribune "Derrick Favors stretched out on a bleacher at Zions Bank Basketball Center wearing shorts, flip-flops and a Utah Jazz T-shirt. He looked comfortable, at peace with himself and his surroundings. No doubt, the lazy summer afternoon had something to do with it. The middle of July — two months..." September 14
Pro Basketball Talk "Earlier this year, Dante Exum was playing Australian high school basketball. Though he’s competed internationally and made a mark in summer league (not completely positive), Exum is still a mystery by top-five-pick standards. So, I was particularly looking forward to watching him in the..." August 28
Pro Basketball Talk "The Jazz have two promising young point guards – Trey Burke and Dante Exum. But why stop there? In need of a third point guard, as rumored, Utah has turned to 24-year-old Toure’ Murry. The 6-foot-5 Murry broke into the NBA with the Knicks last season, and his size for the position makes..." August 26
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
Sheridan Hoops "Derrick Rose will play Friday against Puerto Rico, we have been assured. Of course, knee soreness has a way of changing things — which was why Rose did not play Wednesday against the Dominican Republic. As I wrote Tuesday, Rose’s status and questions over his ability to play five games in six..." August 22
NBA.com "The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free-agent guard Dee Bost. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Bost (6-2, 176, Mississippi State) played for the Idaho Stampede last season, averaging 15.2 points, a team-high 8.4 assists, 6.1 rebounds and team-leading 2.1..." August 15
Gordon Hayward is noticeably bigger in person. Told me he put on 10 lbs of muscle since end of season.
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13
Hearing Utah Jazz closing in on two-year, $2 million deal free-agent guard Toure Murry, who had also been chased by Heat & incumbent Knicks
The Jazz are keeping Ian Clark. The guard's contract becomes fully guaranteed today.
Jazz have a decision to make on guard Ian Clark. His contract for 2014-15 becomes fully guaranteed tomorrow. Dennis Lindsey: "No comment."
Jazz summer league player and training camp invitee Brock Motum DID make the Boomers FIBA World Cup roster with Dante Exum
Pro Basketball Talk "There were flashes from Dante Exum. There was the loping, lull-you-to-sleep dribble followed by an explosive first step where he was past his defender and at the rim. There were creative passes where his height let him see the play and he made a smart and creative choice. There were moments you..." July 23
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23
Utah's trading John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to Cleveland for Carrick Felix, future 2nd and $1M, sources tell Yahoo.
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22
In a deal agreed to last week, #Warriors today announce official signing of 6-6 wing Brandon Rush.
Trevor Booker's $9.775 mil contract with Utah Jazz is $5 mil this year and just $250k guarnateed in 2nd year at $4.775 mil
CBSSports.com "The unknown quantity in sports, especially when it comes to young basketball players, can be a very exciting thing. The idea of potential can often trump a tangible alternative. The situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers and their decision of whether or not to include Andrew Wiggins in a trade..." July 20
SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16
The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15
The Jazz will sign free agent Trevor Booker, per Yahoo. The 6-8 power forward has averaged 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in four NBA seasons.
Pro Basketball Talk "Dante Exum was selected by the Jazz with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, and as Utah got its first look at the team’s new 19-year old prospect in Summer League action on Saturday, he showed every bit of having that level of promise. Many weren’t completely familiar with Exum’s..." July 13
SI.com "Unrestricted free agent forward Marvin Williams agreed to a two-year, $14 million fully-guaranteed deal with the Charlotte Hornets, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Saturday night. The news comes after it was reported earlier in the week Williams, who turned 28 in June and spent the..." July 13
The Jazz sent Hornets notification this morning, source tells Yahoo Sports. Hayward will sign a four-year, $63M deal with Jazz today.
The Deseret News "It's official. Gordon Hayward will be staying in Utah. The Jazz informed the Charlotte Hornets via email Saturday morning that they will match the four-year, $63 million offer sheet that Hayward, a restricted free agent, signed on Thursday, as has been reported would happen. Hayward is in..." July 12
Inside Hoops "The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed 2014 first-round draft picks guard Danté Exum (fifth overall) and forward Rodney Hood (23rd overall). All first round draft picks are guaranteed to receive a contract, so these signings are standard. Both players are expected to be available..." July 11
Jazz will match Gordon Hayward's $63M sheet, but wouldn't be a surprise to see them take full 3 days to notify Hornets, sources tell Yahoo.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10
Yahoo! Sports "Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $63 million maximum contract offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A player option for the fourth year of the deal and a 15 percent trade kicker are expected to be included in the offer sheet,..." July 09
Yahoo! Sports "After losing free agent Josh McRoberts to the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets are pursuing free agent Marvin Williams to take over the power forward slot, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Hornets and Williams have discussed parameters of a deal, but no agreement is imminent, sources told..." July 08
No surprise, but Miami is no longer in the mix for Marvin Williams after using MLE on Josh McRoberts. Miami had met with Williams recently.
Hornets are also meeting today with Jazz RFA Gordon Hayward in Charlotte amid all this fun. Michael Jordan's Charlotte HORNETS
The Deseret News "Steve Novak was in line to get ice cream with his family Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, enjoying the Fourth of July like millions of other Americans, when he was stunned by some texts from a teammate. The crux of the surprising messages from Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry: "You just got traded..." July 06
Lakers free agent G Kent Bazemore is receiving interest from BOS (meeting), SA (meeting), ATL, HOU, UTAH, GS, LAL, PHX, DAL, a source said.
Toronto has traded Steve Novak to the Utah Jazz, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Charlotte Observer "Forward-guard Gordon Hayward, one of the top free agents in this class, has scheduled a visit with the Charlotte Hornets for early next week, the Observer has learned. Coming off his fourth NBA season with the Utah Jazz, the 6-foot-8 Hayward is a restricted free agent. The Cleveland..." July 04
Source says the talks between Kent Bazemore and the Utah Jazz have moved past the preliminary stage, but the sides are not close to a deal
Utah RFA Gordon Hayward is meeting with Cavaliers officials in Cleveland today, sources tell Yahoo. Offer sheet could be forthcoming.
CBSSports.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing a maximum offer sheet for swingman Gordon Hayward, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. He's meeting with the team on Tuesday, as reported by Yahoo Sports, and a contract that lucrative would put the Utah Jazz in a tough position. They'd obviously rather he..." July 02
Have been told that both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have contacted Utah’s Gordon Hayward. #Celtics
The Deseret News "The Utah Jazz aren't expected to be big players in the upcoming free agency market, which officially opens up Monday at 10 p.m. But they do have their sights set on two familiar faces. Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams. And Hayward, who earned $11 million in his first four NBA seasons,..." June 30
Jazz are prepared to match any offers to restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, per sources. Phoenix, Boston and Charlotte all interested.
Some breaking news for Jazz fans: All-rookie point guard Trey Burke WILL play summer league, NBA league sources tell the Salt Lake Tribune
The Deseret News "He didn’t play college basketball. He has limited high-level hoops experience and highlight videos. And, yes mate, he speaks with an Australian accent for a good reason. It’s not surprising that Dante Exum was dubbed as “The International Man of Mystery” leading up to the NBA draft. Exum..." June 28
The Utah Jazz will select Dante Exum with the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
So sensible. Jazz officially tendered a qualifying offer to Gordon Hayward today.
PSD Staff Thursday night's draft should be one of the best in recent memory. But more importantly, the draft day rumors should be flying around all day long with dozens of teams looking to move up into the lottery positions. Buckle up! June 26