Utah Jazz notes: Koufos out for summer league
Orlando, Fla.» Barely two months after the Jazz's season came to an end, Kosta Koufos reported to summer league having bulked up by 15 to 20 pounds, weighing in at a noticeably bigger 275 pounds.
"It's something I wanted to add to my game," Koufos said. "I feel more confident. I feel like with that extra weight, I'll be able to push people around better, and having the ability to run the floor and having 15 more pounds on my frame just makes the game a lot easier for me."
Unfortunately for the Jazz, Koufos also reported with a dislocated ring finger on his left hand, an injury that will keep him out of all five games this week. To say the Jazz were disappointed would have been an understatement.
"The development for him would have been great, to see where he's come from last year, and he had the experience of the Rocky Mountain Revue," assistant coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Koufos was injured when he went up with the ball while another player slapped down on his hand in an open gym game 31/2weeks ago.
He will leave July 18 to start practicing with the Greek national team ahead of the European championships and expects to be healed by then.
"I always want to play," said Koufos, who averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 48 games as a rookie. "But at the same time, though, I've got to be patient with this. I'll be back 100 percent in no time."
The Jazz believe Koufos still will benefit by being with the team this week. He went through drills with the other big men at Monday's pregame shootaround and had a seat next to the coaching staff during the game.
"He's still around the system, he's watching what the plays are," Corbin said, "so he has to learn where he can get open and get opportunities within the offense."
By way of Utah
Although he was selected by Charlotte in the second round of last month's draft, former Xavier forward Derrick Brown is playing this week in Orlando with the Jazz, making his NBA debut, in fact, wearing the team's jersey.
With the Bobcats not fielding a summer-league team as a cost-cutting measure, Brown is playing with the Jazz, taking advantage of the connection between Charlotte coach Larry Brown and Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor.
"It's definitely a good opportunity to get out and start the ball rolling in the NBA," said Brown, who scored nine points on 3-for-7 shooting. "Whatever it takes for me to make a stand in this league, I'm going to do it."
Some of the talk in Orlando had C.J. Miles as a player of interest on the Jazz's roster, with a half-dozen teams apparently having inquired about Miles, including Toronto, Boston and New Jersey. Miles cannot be traded without his consent through July 25, the one-year anniversary of the Jazz's decision to match the offer sheet Miles signed with Oklahoma City.
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