July 5, 2020, 6:33 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley, like several others, is expected to leave the NBA's Orlando bubble when his wife gives birth to a child.
Conley's third child is due in late August, so any departure will likely affect the Jazz's playoff roster to some extent. Utah will already be missing Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist surgery), though they still figure to be one of the best teams in the West's second tier of contenders. It was a frustrating first season with the Jazz for Conley and fantasy GMs, but he can flip the narrative with a strong postseason.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
June 26, 2020, 8:03 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The NBA announced on Friday that the Pelicans will take on the Jazz at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in Orlando, the first NBA action since the league went on hiatus in the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That game, the first of 88 "seeding games" that will be played between July 30 and August 14, will be followed by an immediate face-off between Kawhi Leonard and Paul George's Clippers and LeBron James and Anthony Davis's Lakers at 9 p.m. ET. Both of those first two games will be aired on TNT. On any given day, the start times range from 12-9 p.m. ET and there will be up to seven games per day. After the 88 seeding games, the postseason is scheduled to begin as normal, unless the team with the ninth best winning percentage in either conference is within fewer than four games behind the team with the eighth best record (regular season combined with seeding games) in the same conference. In that case, there will be a play-in tournament that will be double elimination for the eighth place team and single elimination for the ninth place team, to decide the final seed for the playoffs.
June 13, 2020, 9:47 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA's star young players are looking for league-financed insurance against injuries ahead of returning to play in Orlando.
Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum spoke with the National Basketball Players Association about facilitating talks with the NBA on insurance policies. These players are eligible for their rookie extensions at the beginning of free agency and could be at an increased risk of injury given the unprecedented restart this season. It is a reasonable conversation to have given the uncertain circumstances. The group of young players are hoping their influence will force the league to consider providing insurance for them and the rest of the players.
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:15 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jerry Sloan, former coach of the Jazz and a member of the Hall-of-Fame (as a coach), passed away at the age of 78 on Friday due to complications in his battle against Parkinson's Disease.
Before his illustrious career on the sidelines as a coach for the Jazz, Sloan had a solid run as a player. He made two All-Star games and was a six-time All-Defensive selection. As a coach, he racked up 1,223 victories and an impressive total of 20 playoff berths. Sloan guided the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the late 1990s with a roster headlined by Karl Malone and John Stockton. Unfortunately for the Jazz, they were twice beaten by Michael Jordan and the Bulls in their final two titles of the "second three-peat," which is a hot topic of conversation at the moment with the final two episodes of the Jordan documentary "The Last Dance" (where Sloan is featured throughout) airing just last Sunday. Rest in peace, Jerry Sloan.
May 18, 2020, 2:13 pmBojan BogdanovicSF, Utah Jazz
Bojan Bogdanovic is set to undergo surgery on his right wrist that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
There's no telling when the season will be back, if it even can, but we won't be seeing Bogdanovic until the 2020-21 at the earliest. The procedure will repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist. Bogdanovic ends the season averaging a career-best 20.2 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 3.0 threes (also a personal best) while shooting .447 from the field. He finishes as a top-80/100 player in fantasy circles (8/9-cat, per game). Any uptick in defensive numbers would certainly put Bogdanovic in the conversation as a top-60 asset, but at this point he's settled in as a dependable top-100 play who provides a nice boost in scoring and threes without destroying field goal percentages.
May 16, 2020, 8:18 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles has not been participating in Jazz individual workouts since their practice facility reopened on Monday.
Ingles is expecting a child with his wife Renae and has opted to avoid the additional risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus at the facility. Their baby is due in November. Ingles said that he has a gym, allowing him to stay in shape. However, it's the basketball-related and basketball-specific training that he will be missing out on while he's away.
Source: Desert News
May 5, 2020, 9:14 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz management seem quite confident that stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will be able to work through the sizable rift they're currently facing due to Gobert's reckless and childish attitude towards COVID-19. His actions backfired when both tested positive for the virus, subsequently causing sports leagues in the United States to come to a screeching halt.
Given the large contracts of both Gobert and Mitchell, there's reason to believe they will be able to move past their personal differences. According to Lindsey, "They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, [and] act professionally." However, they were differing reports about Mitchell's willingness to reunite with his teammate. There is obviously no sure-fire way to determine if Gobert was actually the reason Mitchell contracted the virus, but the way Gobert was acting (which included lots of sarcastic touching) just prior to the outbreak in the US makes it easy to see why Mitchell had his reservations about Gobert's character. The Jazz roster is very talented and well rounded, so hopefully these two can coexist going forward.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 7:55 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert spoke to Donovan Mitchell a few days ago and has publicly stated that both players are now focused on winning a title together.
Gobert did acknowledge that "relationships are never perfect", but he largely reoriented the conversation to both players' focus on succeeding on the court together. Some tensions may be lingering on Mitchell's end following the COVID-19 fiasco that started with Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Both players remain cornerstones for the Jazz, and like most issues, winning usually puts these sorts of problems on the backburner. Nonetheless, when basketball gets back underway it is worth monitoring the situation.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 1:08 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.
Source: The Athletic
March 27, 2020, 12:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.
Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 13, 2020, 12:32 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that the NBA will neither fine nor suspend Rudy Gobert when the league resumes.
It's a ridiculous idea to begin with, because while Gobert was the first player to test positive, there's also no way of knowing if he is really the NBA's first case of COVID-19. While Gobert did set himself up for this with his cavalier attitude and reported "careless" behavior, any sort of further discipline would be off the mark.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 6:31 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA informed all 30 teams of the policies that will be in place through March 16th which includes the following: players must remain in the area, players should stay home as much as possible, no group workouts/practices and each player must speak to a team physician/trainer once per day.
Players will not be allowed to practice or have group workouts for at least the next four days as they are encouraged to stay home as much as possible. There will likely be an update closer to Monday in terms of policy beyond the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 3:34 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The NBA has informed teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days at minimum, per Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
With two confirmed cases in the league, and all 30 teams able to be connected through their play in the last week alone, the NBA has no choice but to suspend operations. A month off seems like the true best-case scenario for the league, but they really have no control over the spread of COVID-19 and things will be in limbo indeterminately.
Source: Bruce Arthur on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 11:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has become the second NBA player to contract the virus. Tests were administered to the Jazz players last night following the diagnosis of teammate Rudy Gobert.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter