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Depth, versatility, scoring, defensive potential — on paper, it's all there for the Utah Jazz this coming season. On paper and in action are different things, though. Especially in the Western Conference, widely regarded as having more depth than the …

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  • FILE - In a Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Durant announced Monday, July 4, 2016, that he is joining All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the Golden State Warriors.  Durant made the decision public on The Players’ Tribune Monday morning. He can’t officially sign until July 7.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Utah Jazz: After free agency frenzy, is all this money good for the NBA?
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  • Utah Jazz’s Tibor Pleiss, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Jordan Bachynski, left, and Jake Layman during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Utah Jazz: Young players show improvement as Summer League wraps up
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  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder speaks with reporters during the Jazz’s end-of-season media availability Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz have the talent; now Quin Snyder has to manage expectations that go with it
    Las Vegas • Quin Snyder has been a popular man at the Las Vegas Summer League this week. There have been well-wishers. There have been congratulators....
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) guards Utah Jazz’s Trey Lyles (41) during the game at the Huntsman Center Thursday July 7, 2016. Utah Jazz: For one summer league, Trey Lyles turns into the man
    Las Vegas • The Utah Jazz wanted to put Trey Lyles in position to fail. In case you are wondering, that’s a good thing. As the leader of Utah’s summer...
    Updated Jul 14 2016 10:07 pm   |     |   Share


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    The Utah Jazz will keep point guard Shelvin Mack on the roster past Thursday, thus guaranteeing the final year of his $2.4 million dollar contract, Th...
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