May 17, 2019, 8:58 pmRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Paul George have been named the finalists for NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
One could make a convincing argument for all three so it’s hard to call. That being said, this seems like Giannis’ year and we could see him racking up a few awards this season.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
May 15, 2019, 10:41 amDante Exum - G - Utah Jazz
Dante Exum won't play for the Boomers this year due to the knee injury he sustained this season.
The Jazz gave Exum a three-year deal worth $33 million in the last offseason so it’s reasonable that they want to have him healthy for the start of training camp. The 23-year-old Aussie has struggled to avoid injuries in his short NBA career and it remains to be seen if he’s able to bounce back next year.
Source: Roy Ward on Twitter
May 15, 2019, 10:32 amJoe Ingles - F - Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles will play for Australia’s national team at the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
Smokin’ Joe will join Ben Simmons in what looks likely to be one of the top competing teams in the tournament. Ingles is already 31 years old and even though he could opt to get some rest this summer, this is probably his last chance to play at such a big event.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
May 14, 2019, 9:08 amRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Should Ricky Rubio not remain with the Jazz next season, there will be more than one potential landing spot for the Spaniard point guard.
Rubio averaged 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 27.9 minutes and 68 games, shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from deep and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line. Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey was not enthusiastic about the possibility of Rubio returning to the team next season with the Pacers, the Bulls and the Suns looking like potential landing spots if he decides to walk.
Source: Hoops Hype
May 4, 2019, 12:47 pmDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors said, "I have a team option; I need that option picked up! I would prefer to come back here," when asked if he'd like to return to the Jazz next season.
Favors likes the fit with the organization but ultimately the team holds all the cards thanks to his team option. They would add $17.65 million to the cap by letting him go, which is money they could use elsewhere on the roster with Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha and Ekpe Udoh unlikely to be back as well. While Favors waits on a decision, he'll continue to work on improving his physique and expanding his shooting range. He was a top-100 fantasy player last season and may produce more with a different team that's willing to use him as a starter.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
May 2, 2019, 2:46 pmJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder led NBA PF's in wide open threes last year, but only hit on 35.4 percent of them.
Crowder was able to net 2.1 treys per game this season, but it came at the expense of sub-par shooting from the field. Crowder is just a .339 percent shooter from 3-point land for his career, and he'll need to improve his stroke if he wants to creep back closer to top-100 value. There is potential for a bigger role next season as Ricky Rubio, and possibly Derrick Favors become free agents this offseason.
Source: David Locke on Twitter
April 27, 2019, 10:09 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell to train with Dwyane Wade this offseason.
Mitchell and Wade's Twitter exchange confirmed they will be working out together again this offseason and they were both in agreement that there is "work to do." "This is going to be huge for me, from a confidence standpoint," Mitchell said during his exit interview. His upward trajectory is expected to continue after averaging 23.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 triples, leading the Jazz to 50 wins in his second year in the league.
Source: Sun Sentinel
April 26, 2019, 9:23 amDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors said he is looking to cut more weight during the offseason.
“It’s something I’ll be focusing on again in the offseason,” Favors said. “I’ll be slimming down even more. Getting quicker so I’ll be able to guard on the perimeter and be able to guard in the pick and roll.” Favors dropped 26 pounds during heading into the 2018-19 season and just finished his second straight season with at least 76 games played. Favors has one more on contract with the Jazz and will likely pick up his player option this summer.
Source: Associated Press
April 26, 2019, 9:18 amKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver is uncertain if he will return for the 2019-20 season and has contemplated retirement.
“There’s a real cost as you get older,” Korver said. “There’s all of what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at, is weighing that cost.” Korver has a player option for the 2019-20 season that becomes partially guaranteed after July 7. It would be his 17th NBA season if he chooses to return.
Source: Associated Press
April 25, 2019, 2:02 pmRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Speaking at the exit interview on Thursday Ricky Rubio said, "I honestly have no idea. … It depends on a lot of things. … I'm gonna look for the best situation for me with the coach and the team…"
Earlier in the interview, Rubio mentioned how the trade rumors that were leaked got to him. We'll have to wait and see how the market shapes up in the offseason, but it's possible that Rubio could be wearing a new jersey come next fall.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 10:48 pmRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert missed on a double-double in Wednesday's 93-100 loss to the Rockets, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Gobert was limited to just 11.2 points in the five-game series. Though he was able to stay on the floor unlike years past, his lack of offensive production highlighted Utah's dearth of players, not named Donovan Mitchell, who are unable to get their own shot.
April 24, 2019, 10:41 pmRoyce O'Neale - F - Utah Jazz
Royce O'Neale was very effective in 33 minutes off the bench Wednesday, scoring 18 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.
O'Neale was a big factor for the Jazz staying competitive in this one, picking up the slack offensively for stretches of the game. The 25-year-old forward saw his role increase in his second season in Utah and figures to see more gradual increase in his next one with them.
April 24, 2019, 10:36 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell had his worst shooting game of the series in Wednesday's closeout loss, scoring 12 points on 4-of-22 shooting to go with six rebounds and a steal.
Despite Mitchell's struggles, the Jazz were able to stay in the game right up until the very end. While this series was revealing in the areas that Mitchell needs to improve, as well as flaws in Utah's offense in general, it also reveled how special of a talent he really is. He had an up and down season this year but the future is undoubtedly bright.
April 24, 2019, 10:29 pmRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio scored 17 points (7-of-15 shooting) to go with 11 assists, two rebounds and three steals in Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Houston.
Rubio turned it up a notch over his last two games, double-doubling in both, but his efforts were not enough to extend the series past Game 5. The free-agent PG will now head into an off season where there will be questions abound about who the Jazz should pair with Donovan Mitchell for the long term.
April 23, 2019, 12:23 pmDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
On the way home from practice prior to Game 4, Donovan Mitchell stopped to help as he witnessed a two-car crash in downtown Salt Lake City.
Mitchell saw the accident and stopped driving to run over and assist a woman whose airbags went off and was falling out of the car. Mitchell called 911 and waited until the police and ambulances arrived. Maybe this good karma is what the Jazz needed for Mitchell to have his best game of the series and get their first win.
Source: Yahoo Sports