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There i... They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58247739@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:45:19 MDT Utah Jazz: Michigan man sues Burke, Shaq for defamation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247246-87/burke-binion-jazz-posted.html.csp A Michigan man with a rare disorder has filed a lawsuit against Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and a rapper, accusing them of defamation for mocking a self portrait he posted on the Internet earlier this year. Jahmel Binion filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb, Mi., according to court documents. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. Burke’s father and agent, Benji Burke, declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday, saying that he has not been contacted... A Michigan man with a rare disorder has filed a lawsuit against Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and a rapper, accusing them of defamation for mocking a self portrait he posted on the Internet earlier this year. Jahmel Binion filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb, Mi., according to court documents. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. Burke’s father and agent, Benji Burke, declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday, saying that he has not been contacted... 58247246@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:02:21 MDT Utah Jazz: Trey Burke in Select company at USA camp http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58236094-87/burke-camp-team-usa.html.csp Las Vegas • Two years ago, while participating in the LeBron James Skills Camp for college players, Trey Burke observed Team USA’s training camp in advance of the Olympics. This week, he’s on the court with the players who will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in September. Burke is not one of those players, but he’s competing against them as part of their preparation. He’s a member of the Select Team that formerly included Jazz teammate Gordon Hayward, who’s now a Team USA hope... Las Vegas • Two years ago, while participating in the LeBron James Skills Camp for college players, Trey Burke observed Team USA’s training camp in advance of the Olympics. This week, he’s on the court with the players who will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in September. Burke is not one of those players, but he’s competing against them as part of their preparation. He’s a member of the Select Team that formerly included Jazz teammate Gordon Hayward, who’s now a Team USA hope... 58236094@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:51 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Gordon Hayward insists there’s ‘no pressure now’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58234262-87/hayward-jazz-team-contract.html.csp Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... 58234262@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:25 MDT Utah Jazz: Ex-Jazzman Paul Millsap endorses Quin Snyder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58234272-87/jazz-millsap-snyder-coach.html.csp Las Vegas • Plenty of resources were available to Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward this summer, if he wanted to learn anything about new coach Quin Snyder. They made it easy for him. From former Butler teammate Shelvin Mack and ex-Jazz players Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll, Hayward has discovered a lot about Snyder and the Atlanta offense he helped run last season. “Honestly, I didn’t have to do that much research,” Hayward said. “I had so many players come up [who] were pissed that ... Las Vegas • Plenty of resources were available to Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward this summer, if he wanted to learn anything about new coach Quin Snyder. They made it easy for him. From former Butler teammate Shelvin Mack and ex-Jazz players Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll, Hayward has discovered a lot about Snyder and the Atlanta offense he helped run last season. “Honestly, I didn’t have to do that much research,” Hayward said. “I had so many players come up [who] were pissed that ... 58234272@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:02 MDT NBA: Utah Jazz players look to make an impact on world stage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58230459-87/jazz-team-millsap-camp.html.csp Summer league is over. Training camp is still two months away. So, naturally, it’s time for basketball. Basketball’s World Cup starts late next month in Spain, and a few members of the Utah Jazz are hoping to make their presence known on the global stage. Dante Exum (and Jazz summer leaguer Brock Motum) have returned to Australia to prepare for the tournament. Center Rudy Gobert is back home in France. And Utah’s new max-man, Gordon Hayward, will begin his quest to earn a spot on the United Stat... Summer league is over. Training camp is still two months away. So, naturally, it’s time for basketball. Basketball’s World Cup starts late next month in Spain, and a few members of the Utah Jazz are hoping to make their presence known on the global stage. Dante Exum (and Jazz summer leaguer Brock Motum) have returned to Australia to prepare for the tournament. Center Rudy Gobert is back home in France. And Utah’s new max-man, Gordon Hayward, will begin his quest to earn a spot on the United Stat... 58230459@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:58:07 MDT Utah Jazz: Patrick Beilein added to coaching staff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58224305-77/beilein-jazz-patrick-sports.html.csp Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has added another assistant to his staff: Patrick Beilein, Michigan head coach John Beilein’s son. Beilein, who coached last season at Division II West Virginia Westleyan, will join the Jazz in a player development and video coordinator role, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Beilein led West Virginia Westleyan to a 22-9 overall record last season. He played under his father at West Virginia, reaching the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in his juni... Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has added another assistant to his staff: Patrick Beilein, Michigan head coach John Beilein’s son. Beilein, who coached last season at Division II West Virginia Westleyan, will join the Jazz in a player development and video coordinator role, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Beilein led West Virginia Westleyan to a 22-9 overall record last season. He played under his father at West Virginia, reaching the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in his juni... 58224305@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:47:30 MDT Utah Jazz trade Lucas, Thomas and Murphy to Cleveland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58212307-87/cleveland-deal-jazz-lucas.html.csp The Cleveland Cavaliers have been angling to add All-Star forward Kevin Love alongside LeBron James. And the Utah Jazz may have helped make a deal possible. Utah on Tuesday traded John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas - a trio of non-guaranteed contracts - to Cleveland in exchange for guard Carrick Felix, a 2015 second-round draft pick and cash. The move will give Cleveland more than $3 million in movable contracts to help facilitate a future deal, possibly one for the Minnesota forward... The Cleveland Cavaliers have been angling to add All-Star forward Kevin Love alongside LeBron James. And the Utah Jazz may have helped make a deal possible. Utah on Tuesday traded John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas - a trio of non-guaranteed contracts - to Cleveland in exchange for guard Carrick Felix, a 2015 second-round draft pick and cash. The move will give Cleveland more than $3 million in movable contracts to help facilitate a future deal, possibly one for the Minnesota forward... 58212307@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:13 MDT Utah Jazz: Trevor Booker brings toughness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211924-87/booker-5.3-utah-court.csp Trevor Booker wants people to know that he’s a nice guy. Off the court, that is. “On the court, I’m focused. I’m going to do whatever I can to win. If that means knocking you out of the air, I’m going to do it,” he said Tuesday, as the newest member of the Utah Jazz met with reporters in Salt Lake City. “Off the court, I’m just a laid-back, chill guy. But when you get me on the court, I’m just an animal.” The Jazz front office wanted to add physicality to the team’s front court and they seem t... Trevor Booker wants people to know that he’s a nice guy. Off the court, that is. “On the court, I’m focused. I’m going to do whatever I can to win. If that means knocking you out of the air, I’m going to do it,” he said Tuesday, as the newest member of the Utah Jazz met with reporters in Salt Lake City. “Off the court, I’m just a laid-back, chill guy. But when you get me on the court, I’m just an animal.” The Jazz front office wanted to add physicality to the team’s front court and they seem t... 58211924@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:24 MDT Monson: Jazz are yearning to play a beautiful game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211166-87/ball-jazz-says-lindsey.html.csp The beautiful game. That’s the Jazz’s thing now. That’s what they want to play. That’s the kind of basketball they’re trying to adopt and embrace, even if their early version of it is ugly enough to scare the snout off a pig. And, at times, when the regular season rolls around, it will be. Comedian Phyllis Diller once said she was so ugly when she was a kid, her mom had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her. The Jazz’s remedy is more thorough than that. They’re re-i... The beautiful game. That’s the Jazz’s thing now. That’s what they want to play. That’s the kind of basketball they’re trying to adopt and embrace, even if their early version of it is ugly enough to scare the snout off a pig. And, at times, when the regular season rolls around, it will be. Comedian Phyllis Diller once said she was so ugly when she was a kid, her mom had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her. The Jazz’s remedy is more thorough than that. They’re re-i... 58211166@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:46 MDT Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke invited to USA Select squad http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58208425-87/burke-guard-usa-invited.html.csp Gordon Hayward will have some company in Las Vegas later this month, as USA basketball prepares for the upcoming World Cup. The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that Jazz point guard Trey Burke has been invited to participate in the camp as part of the USA Select team, a squad of up-and-coming players that will practice against the national team. Burke earned All-Rookie honors last season, averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists per game. Burke’s Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., Boston point gua... Gordon Hayward will have some company in Las Vegas later this month, as USA basketball prepares for the upcoming World Cup. The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that Jazz point guard Trey Burke has been invited to participate in the camp as part of the USA Select team, a squad of up-and-coming players that will practice against the national team. Burke earned All-Rookie honors last season, averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists per game. Burke’s Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., Boston point gua... 58208425@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:53:11 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz’s long climb will be fun to watch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58206029-87/jazz-team-season-whether.html.csp Now that the Jazz have hired a coach, drafted two rookies, acquired two veterans and competed in a summer league, we all have a better gauge of what distance remains in the team’s journey toward NBA respectability. The Jazz have exactly 753 miles to go, with a 57,863-foot vertical climb. Sorry, wrong news release. Those numbers are from next month’s Tour of Utah cycling event — another holding of Miller Sports Properties, with its own daunting challenge. Yet there’s some commonality here. The T... Now that the Jazz have hired a coach, drafted two rookies, acquired two veterans and competed in a summer league, we all have a better gauge of what distance remains in the team’s journey toward NBA respectability. The Jazz have exactly 753 miles to go, with a 57,863-foot vertical climb. Sorry, wrong news release. Those numbers are from next month’s Tour of Utah cycling event — another holding of Miller Sports Properties, with its own daunting challenge. Yet there’s some commonality here. The T... 58206029@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:28 MDT Utah Jazz make Trevor Booker’s deal official http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58207409-87/booker-jazz-deal-utah.html.csp In his first three seasons in the NBA, Trevor Booker dealt with the frustration and disappointment of defeat in Washington, where the Wizards couldn’t break the 30-win mark. Last season, however, things clicked for a young and talented Washington squad that picked up 44 wins and ended a five-year playoff drought. Now Booker wants his new team to taste that success too. “I want to try to help this organization get to the same level,” the forward said. On Monday, Booker put pen to paper, making hi... In his first three seasons in the NBA, Trevor Booker dealt with the frustration and disappointment of defeat in Washington, where the Wizards couldn’t break the 30-win mark. Last season, however, things clicked for a young and talented Washington squad that picked up 44 wins and ended a five-year playoff drought. Now Booker wants his new team to taste that success too. “I want to try to help this organization get to the same level,” the forward said. On Monday, Booker put pen to paper, making hi... 58207409@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:16:19 MDT Utah Jazz: Lindsey sees progress all-around after summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58201837-77/jazz-week-league-summer.html.csp Las Vegas • You could detect the hint of a smile on the face of Dennis Lindsey. No, Utah’s general manager wasn’t grinning profusely. But you could tell he was pleased by the Jazz summer league edition and some of the results this week. Utah went 3-2 in Las Vegas, winning its last game on Friday night over Portland. The record is almost secondary to the progress made as the week continued. Rudy Gobert proved that he is indeed ready for rotation minutes, turning in a performance that was dominati... Las Vegas • You could detect the hint of a smile on the face of Dennis Lindsey. No, Utah’s general manager wasn’t grinning profusely. But you could tell he was pleased by the Jazz summer league edition and some of the results this week. Utah went 3-2 in Las Vegas, winning its last game on Friday night over Portland. The record is almost secondary to the progress made as the week continued. Rudy Gobert proved that he is indeed ready for rotation minutes, turning in a performance that was dominati... 58201837@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:46:10 MDT Utah Jazz: Ian Clark looks to show he belongs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58201958-87/clark-jazz-guard-game.html.csp Las Vegas • Ian Clark never ran the point guard spot in high school. He played the position a bit during his senior year at Belmont, but nobody was comparing him to Chris Paul. His one year with the Utah Jazz was defined as a shooting guard. But if he’s going to have staying power in the NBA, Clark will probably have to do it as a floor leader. That’s what Clark faced this week at the Las Vegas summer league, proving to the Jazz front office that he can run an offense, and doing so with Trey Bur... Las Vegas • Ian Clark never ran the point guard spot in high school. He played the position a bit during his senior year at Belmont, but nobody was comparing him to Chris Paul. His one year with the Utah Jazz was defined as a shooting guard. But if he’s going to have staying power in the NBA, Clark will probably have to do it as a floor leader. That’s what Clark faced this week at the Las Vegas summer league, proving to the Jazz front office that he can run an offense, and doing so with Trey Bur... 58201958@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:28:01 MDT Utah Jazz: Team caps summer league with 75-73 win over Blazers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58200268-87/jazz-league-summer-utah.html.csp Las Vegas • The 75-73 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night was good for the Utah Jazz. Finishing the Las Vegas Summer League with a 3-2 record was even better. But this week was about development for the rookies and the young veterans. And on this night, that development was apparent. Rudy Gobert was dominant in the paint against the Blazers, grabbing 15 rebounds, scoring 11 points and blocking three shots. Dante Exum had nine points, five rebounds and three assists to go along w... Las Vegas • The 75-73 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night was good for the Utah Jazz. Finishing the Las Vegas Summer League with a 3-2 record was even better. But this week was about development for the rookies and the young veterans. And on this night, that development was apparent. Rudy Gobert was dominant in the paint against the Blazers, grabbing 15 rebounds, scoring 11 points and blocking three shots. Dante Exum had nine points, five rebounds and three assists to go along w... 58200268@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:40:35 MDT Kragthorpe: Boozer adds twist to Jazz-Lakers rivalry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58197347-87/lakers-jazz-boozer-chicago.html.csp The Jazz’s rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers already was intriguing enough, even before Carlos Boozer joined the Lakers. Now, we’ll have the dynamic of all those Lakers fans who infiltrate EnergySolutions Arena cheering for Boozer while Jazz fans boo him. Then again, it might be tough tell whether those cries are “boos” or “Booz-es.” I know this: The atmosphere at ESA could not be any weirder than it was in April, when some percentage of Jazz fans were hoping their team would lose to the Laker... The Jazz’s rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers already was intriguing enough, even before Carlos Boozer joined the Lakers. Now, we’ll have the dynamic of all those Lakers fans who infiltrate EnergySolutions Arena cheering for Boozer while Jazz fans boo him. Then again, it might be tough tell whether those cries are “boos” or “Booz-es.” I know this: The atmosphere at ESA could not be any weirder than it was in April, when some percentage of Jazz fans were hoping their team would lose to the Laker... 58197347@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:29:35 MDT Utah Jazz aim to be faster, more efficient on offense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58196751-87/jazz-offense-ball-snyder.html.csp Las Vegas • It was simply beautiful basketball. Jazz point guard Trey Burke raced into the frontcourt on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Seeing a closed lane, he slid off a pick from Rudy Gobert and swung the ball to Dante Exum. The rookie immediately passed to Rodney Hood, who had an open shot if he wanted it. But he passed up the good look, took two dribbles into the lane and gave it to Malcolm Thomas. At this point, Thomas could have gone up strong, and nobody would have batted an eye. Bu... Las Vegas • It was simply beautiful basketball. Jazz point guard Trey Burke raced into the frontcourt on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Seeing a closed lane, he slid off a pick from Rudy Gobert and swung the ball to Dante Exum. The rookie immediately passed to Rodney Hood, who had an open shot if he wanted it. But he passed up the good look, took two dribbles into the lane and gave it to Malcolm Thomas. At this point, Thomas could have gone up strong, and nobody would have batted an eye. Bu... 58196751@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:29:16 MDT Utah Jazz: Team falls short against the Spurs in summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58196606-87/jazz-league-summer-points.html.csp Las Vegas • The San Antonio Spurs of the regular season are so consistent. They grind you down, they keep coming at you, and before you know it, you’re 10 points behind and on your way to a loss. On Thursday afternoon, that description applied to the Spurs of summer league as well. The Utah Jazz suffered an 86-77 loss at the hands of San Antonio in the second round of the playoff format at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Jazz played well in spurts, but the Spurs were better down the stretch when i... Las Vegas • The San Antonio Spurs of the regular season are so consistent. They grind you down, they keep coming at you, and before you know it, you’re 10 points behind and on your way to a loss. On Thursday afternoon, that description applied to the Spurs of summer league as well. The Utah Jazz suffered an 86-77 loss at the hands of San Antonio in the second round of the playoff format at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Jazz played well in spurts, but the Spurs were better down the stretch when i... 58196606@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:33:28 MDT Utah Jazz: Dante Exum appears on The Jim Rome Show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58195139-87/team-nba-opportunity-playing.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Jazz rookie Dante Exum has already been through a whirlwind of interviews in his first few weeks on the job and today took to the national radio airwaves for a conversation with Jim Rome. Here are the highlights from the interview. You can listen to the entire segment here: &lt;iframe width=”100%” height=”166” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” src=”https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159140940&color=ff5500”&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; On the last ... &lt;freeform&gt; Jazz rookie Dante Exum has already been through a whirlwind of interviews in his first few weeks on the job and today took to the national radio airwaves for a conversation with Jim Rome. Here are the highlights from the interview. You can listen to the entire segment here: &lt;iframe width=”100%” height=”166” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” src=”https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159140940&color=ff5500”&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; On the last ... 58195139@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:16:21 MDT