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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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 Jazz notes: Malcolm Thomas’ summer league play turning heads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58191961-87/jazz-thomas-team-league.html.csp Las Vegas • With the acquisition of Trevor Booker and the logjam at power forward, Malcolm Thomas suddenly faces long odds in terms of making the roster of the Utah Jazz. But, man, he’s certainly making it difficult on the Jazz to part ways with him.Everyone knows about Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert, and Trey Burke and Rodney Hood. Those are the headliners of Utah’s summer league roster, the guys that Jazz fans are driving six hours down I-15 to see that the Thomas & Mack Center. However, one of t... Las Vegas • With the acquisition of Trevor Booker and the logjam at power forward, Malcolm Thomas suddenly faces long odds in terms of making the roster of the Utah Jazz. But, man, he’s certainly making it difficult on the Jazz to part ways with him.Everyone knows about Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert, and Trey Burke and Rodney Hood. Those are the headliners of Utah’s summer league roster, the guys that Jazz fans are driving six hours down I-15 to see that the Thomas & Mack Center. However, one of t... 58191961@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:15:57 MDT Utah Jazz: Brandon Rush headed back to Golden State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58191236-87/rush-jazz-season-brandon.html.csp His lone season in Utah was a difficult one. Brandon Rush struggled — at first with his knee, still mending after a season-ending ACL tear the year before, and then with his mind as he got lost in the Jazz’s rotation. Now the 29-year-old is getting a do-over in the last place he tasted basketball success. Rush on Wednesday agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors, where he played from 2011-13. The deal is for two years, including a player option for the second year, according to his agent.... His lone season in Utah was a difficult one. Brandon Rush struggled — at first with his knee, still mending after a season-ending ACL tear the year before, and then with his mind as he got lost in the Jazz’s rotation. Now the 29-year-old is getting a do-over in the last place he tasted basketball success. Rush on Wednesday agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors, where he played from 2011-13. The deal is for two years, including a player option for the second year, according to his agent.... 58191236@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:33:46 MDT Monson: Sunshine is breaking through on the Utah Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58186665-87/jazz-monson-lindsey-exum.html.csp This is not meant to blow sunshine in all directions or any direction. It’s not meant to overestimate or to oversell the situation. It’s not meant to provide a lot of hope where there is little. Nobody knows how this is going to turn out. But what is happening with the Jazz right now seems a promising, positive thing. There are indications that the moves they have made are nudging them upward and onward from last season’s nadir. Somebody once said: “A wise man sees as much as he should, not as ... This is not meant to blow sunshine in all directions or any direction. It’s not meant to overestimate or to oversell the situation. It’s not meant to provide a lot of hope where there is little. Nobody knows how this is going to turn out. But what is happening with the Jazz right now seems a promising, positive thing. There are indications that the moves they have made are nudging them upward and onward from last season’s nadir. Somebody once said: “A wise man sees as much as he should, not as ... 58186665@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:59:30 MDT Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood gets back to basics, breaks out in Vegas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58185073-87/hood-jazz-league-summer.html.csp Las Vegas • If you root for the Utah Jazz, chances are you’ve watched or read about Rodney Hood’s recent summer league performances. What many don’t know is the work Hood has been putting into his shot during off days. After Utah practiced at Cox Pavilion, the 6-foot-8 rookie small forward worked overtime Sunday with assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, hoisting jumper after jumper while many of his teammates dressed and headed for the team bus. By the time Hood was finished, his face and arms were d... Las Vegas • If you root for the Utah Jazz, chances are you’ve watched or read about Rodney Hood’s recent summer league performances. What many don’t know is the work Hood has been putting into his shot during off days. After Utah practiced at Cox Pavilion, the 6-foot-8 rookie small forward worked overtime Sunday with assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, hoisting jumper after jumper while many of his teammates dressed and headed for the team bus. By the time Hood was finished, his face and arms were d... 58185073@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:05:10 MDT Utah Jazz sign Trevor Booker to two-year deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58186747-87/booker-forward-jazz-trevor.html.csp Las Vegas • The Utah Jazz already added a power forward who can shoot when they traded for Steve Novak earlier this summer. Now, they have added one who brings strength and toughness in the paint. A league source confirmed to The Tribune that the Jazz signed Trevor Booker to a two-year, $10 million deal. Yahoo! Sports first reported the signing. Booker started just 105 of 235 games played in four seasons with the Washington Wizards, and projects to be one of the first big men off the bench for t... Las Vegas • The Utah Jazz already added a power forward who can shoot when they traded for Steve Novak earlier this summer. Now, they have added one who brings strength and toughness in the paint. A league source confirmed to The Tribune that the Jazz signed Trevor Booker to a two-year, $10 million deal. Yahoo! Sports first reported the signing. Booker started just 105 of 235 games played in four seasons with the Washington Wizards, and projects to be one of the first big men off the bench for t... 58186747@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:34:14 MDT Utah Jazz: Dante Exum off to a good start in summer league http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58181557-87/exum-jazz-league-summer.html.csp Las Vegas • Dante Exum’s encounter with Elijah Millsap was brief, but memorable. The Jazz’s rookie guard hit Paul Millsap’s younger brother with an explosive right-to-left crossover during Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in the Las Vegas Summer League. He then accelerated baseline, beat Sixers’ defense to the basket and dropped a beautiful bounce pass to Rudy Gobert, who went up strong and got fouled. There will be many struggles for Exum this coming season. He needs to add weight and stre... Las Vegas • Dante Exum’s encounter with Elijah Millsap was brief, but memorable. The Jazz’s rookie guard hit Paul Millsap’s younger brother with an explosive right-to-left crossover during Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in the Las Vegas Summer League. He then accelerated baseline, beat Sixers’ defense to the basket and dropped a beautiful bounce pass to Rudy Gobert, who went up strong and got fouled. There will be many struggles for Exum this coming season. He needs to add weight and stre... 58181557@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:21:27 MDT