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With basketball fans in a frenzy ahead of Thursday afternoon’s NBA trade deadline, ready to gobble up any internet rumor or bit of salacious speculation, Derrick Favors — perhaps on accident — put a drop of blood in the water. …

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  • (Tribune file photo)    Karl Malone and John Stockton share a moment on the court in this 1997 photo. Utah Jazz: 1997 Finals team, minus Karl Malone, to reunite for 20th anniversary
    Bryon Russell still wonders sometimes. “If the ball had bounced a few different ways,” he says, “we might have went to a Game 7, and who knows what wo...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) defended by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) as the Utah Jazz host the Portland Trailblazers, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 15, 2017. Utah Jazz: After slow start, Dante Exum is turning the corner
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey warned everybody before the season started. The integration of Dante Exum back into the team was going to take ti...
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  • Salt Lake City, UT--5/26/07--9:12:47 PM-- Utah’s Deron Williams walk off of the court after  the game at the EnergySolutions Arena. Jazz won 109-83 2nd Half.  ******** Jazz v Spurs  Chris Detrick/Salt Lake Tribune File #_E1M6020    ` Could the Utah Jazz really bring back Deron Williams?
    The Utah Jazz will be aggressive looking to add depth before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, The Tribune has been told, although one target has already...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey talks about the Jazz season at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Utah Jazz have lots of room to maneuver as trade deadline looms
    New Orleans • The next three days promise to be interesting for the Jazz, their front office and those who follow the team. With the NBA’s trade dea...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share


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    Updated Feb 17 2017 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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