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Last Updated Oct 24, 2014 07:54AM

When Rodney Hood fell to them at the 23rd pick last June, the Utah Jazz front office was elated to grab the sharpshooter from Duke. Looking back on it all now, there may have been a few other teams th …

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) passes around Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) as the Utah Jazz host the Phoenix Suns, NBA Basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Can the Jazz follow Suns’ path to surprise success?
    A first-year head coach. A young roster. Low outside expectations. Sound familiar? A year ago, basketball experts didn’t give the Phoenix Suns a chanc …
    Updated Oct 23 2014 11:31 pm   |   0 Comments   |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder talks with Dante Exum and Rodney Hood during a press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Center Friday June 27, 2014. Jazz roster cut to 15, still ‘fluid’
    On Wednesday, the Utah Jazz cut guard Dahntay Jones and forward Jack Cooley. With the subtractions, the roster stands at 15 players, the maximum allow …
    Updated Oct 23 2014 11:31 pm   |   0 Comments   |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors, left, and forward Jeremy Evans, right, battle for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Monson: The Jazz need a couple pillars — who will they be?
    The NBA has a problem and the Jazz need a couple of stars. In order to win and, in particular, contend in a league dominated by big guns, teams have …
    Updated Oct 23 2014 11:33 pm   |   0 Comments   |   Share
  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones (3) goes up for s shot in front of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Utah won 105-91. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) NBA: Utah Jazz make big gains on preseason trip
    Oklahoma City • NBA teams usually abhor the kind of preseason road trip that the Utah Jazz just finished on Tuesday with a 105-91 win over Oklahoma Ci …
    Updated Oct 23 2014 09:44 am   |   0 Comments   |   Share


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  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) fights for position with Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, center, in front of Thunder forward Andre Roberson during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter gets it done on both ends as Jazz beat Thunder
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  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) steals the ball from Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Utah Jazz: Dante Exum discovers stateside family, link to Thunder's Huestis
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Former Jazz play Mehmet Okur, watches from the front row, in pre-season NBA action, Utah Jazz vs. The LA Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, October 13, 2014 Utah Jazz: For Mehmet Okur, new chapter lets kids touch past
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  • Utah Jazz: Lakers beat Jazz as fringe players fight for roster spots
    Los Angeles • When the Utah Jazz squandered their 22-point first-half lead Sunday night, it likely cost Jack Cooley a coveted chance to get into the g …
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  • Jazz Notes: Lakers’ Nash a model for Jazz’s Burke
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  • Utah Jazz: For Enes Kanter, the time is now
    No excuses. If there’s a theme for Jazz forward Enes Kanter heading into the regular season, that’s it. This is shaping up as Kanter’s make-or-break y …
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    Los Angeles • Trevor Booker was surprised by the referee’s decision. In the third quarter of Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Clippers, the Jazz …
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  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, pulls down a pass against Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Utah Jazz: Rookie guard Exum shows potential in preseason
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  • Jazz notes: Ronnie Price trying to stick in L.A.
    Anaheim, Calif. • The Lakers backcourt has been plagued by injuries this preseason. Rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson sat out Thursday night’s game a …
    Updated Oct 20 2014 09:27 am   |   0 Comments   |   Share
  • Utah Jazz: In his career twilight, Kobe still looms large
    Los Angeles • When an injury kept Kobe Bryant out of action for seven straight games in the spring of 2012, he sat next to an assistant coach on the b …
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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    Jazz forward Gordon Hayward posts on his personal blog fairly regularly. His latest update — tweeted with a link on Tuesday — came equipped with this …
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