Jazz's Hayward, Favors won't play in summer league
Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors will not participate on the Utah Jazz team in the Orlando Summer League, general manager Kevin O'Connor said Monday.
Hayward and Favors are members of the USA Men's Select Team, which will train July 5-11 in Las Vegas and practice against the London-bound United States' Olympic team. The Orlando Summer League is scheduled July 9-13.
"It's a great honor for our guys -- a privilege," O'Connor said. "They need to go do that. It will be great experience for them."
Thirteen players were picked for the U.S. Select Team. The Jazz and San Antonio Spurs were the only NBA teams to place more than one player on the 13-man roster.
Hayward played in all 66 games during the lockout-shortened season. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He was the No. 9 pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
Favors played in 65 games last season. He averaged 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and one blocked shot in 21.2 minutes. He was the No. 3 pick in the 2010 draft before being traded by New Jersey to Utah midway through his rookie season.
"Being chosen for the Select Team is quite an honor," said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "It’s an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future."
Other Select Team members are Ryan Anderson (Orlando), DeJuan Blair (San Antonio), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Paul George (Indiana), Taj Gibson (Chicago), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Jeremy Lin (New York), Klay Thompson (Golden State) and John Wall (Washington).
Jay Triano and Mike Hopkins are the Select Team's co-head coaches. Triano was an assistant for the USA World Championship team in 2010. He is former head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Hopkins is a long-time assistant at Syracuse with an extensive background in USA Basketball coaching.
"The 2012 Select Team has an excellent collection of talents," Colangelo said. "The group has outstanding speed and versatility, some excellent shooters and some very good size."
-- Steve Luhm
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