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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) throws down a dunk during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Jazz star Rudy Gobert is runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year
    Monday’s inaugural NBA awards show went as expected for Rudy Gobert as the Utah Jazz center, a finalist for two individual awards, came up empty on bo...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) holds the arm of Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 29, 2016. James Harden is the NBA MVP, and other award predictions
    The NBA awards are finally here. Well, almost. Russell Westbrook will probably win his first Most Valuable Player trophy on Monday night, when the aw...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Toronto Raptors’ Cory Joseph (6) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Deron Williams (31) during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Five point guards — other than George Hill — the Jazz would want
    On Thursday night after the NBA draft, Dennis Lindsey did one of the most abnormal things of his tenure as Utah Jazz general manager: He confirmed rum...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Wake Forestís John Collins (20) turns downcourt after getting a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 88-81.(AP Photo/Robert Franklin) Fultz at No. 1, Jazz go with post duo in The Tribune’s Mock NBA draft 2.0
    The Tribune’s Tony Jones offers his final mock NBA Draft before the real thing happens Thursday night in Brooklyn....

    Updated Jun 21 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey speaks with the media after the introduction of players George Hill and Joe Johnson at the Jazz training facilities on Friday, July 8, 2016. Dennis Lindsey is a gamblin’ man, which makes the Jazz a team to watch on draft night
    The possibilities for the Utah Jazz on Thursday night are substantial. The Jazz have four overall picks, two in each round. They can keep all four or ...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) battle for he ball during the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 29, 2016. Utah Jazz make inquiries about trading for Rockets’ Patrick Beverley
    The Utah Jazz have made a trade inquiry on Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley, multiple sources told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday morn...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) reacts to a play against Colorado during overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Seattle. Washington won 85-83. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Depth of this year’s NBA draft rivals some of the all-time bests
    Trevor Booker knew right away what he was watching in Markelle Fultz. He took note of how easy Fultz, likely Thursday’s No. 1 pick, made the game look...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Markelle Fultz, center, speaks with reporters after his private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at NBA basketball team’s training complex Thursday, June 15, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. The University of Washington guard could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, or he could be available to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham) Ranking the best prospects for the NBA draft
    Point guards 1. Markelle Fultz, 6-foot-4, Washington One of the most well-rounded point guards to come into the league in years. Has the ability to c...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 05:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey answers a reporter’s question during the last media availability of the season at the team’s practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Gordon Hayward’s free agency makes Jazz’s draft decisions even more difficult
    When the Jazz pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, general manager Dennis Lindsey will do so knowing his team could look significantly different shortly afte...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Gordon Hayward contemplates an answer on the season in exit interview in front of the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Why the Celtics-Sixers trade talk does not affect Gordon Hayward’s decision
    The Gordon Hayward free agent watch continues. On Friday afternoon, the news broke of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers discussing a trade in...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 08:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin breaks through a pack of Northern Colorado players during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Ogden, Utah. Weber State defeated Northern Colorado 85-68. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP) Utah Jazz: Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin is a shooter first, and in today’s NBA, that might be enough
    The Jazz know Jeremy Senglin can score. The former Weber State star averaged 21 points a game this past season. He’s the all-time leading scorer in sc...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 07:42 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Washington guard Markelle Fultz reacts to a play during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Seattle. Utah won 94-72. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Tribune Mock Draft 1.0: Fultz, Jackson go 1-2, Ball drops to Suns and Jazz take German power forward
    With the NBA draft a little over a week away, the top five picks of the lottery are pretty much set, even if the order isn’t. After that, as is the c...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:42 am   |     |   Share
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  • UCLA’s TJ Leaf shoots around Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Friday, March 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Utah Jazz: UCLA forward TJ Leaf works out for the Jazz — with one caveat
    The Utah Jazz were ecstatic in getting UCLA power forward TJ Leaf in for Sunday morning’s pre-draft workout. At the same time, Leaf and his agent cho...
    Updated Jun 11 2017 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan attends a pre-draft workout for the Jazz , Saturday, June 10, 2017. Utah Jazz: Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan thrilled to return to his hometown to work out for Jazz
    Caleb Swanigan stood against the Utah Jazz backdrop on Saturday, on the verge of doing the one thing he’s dreamed of since he was a kid growing up in ...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Toronto Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough, right, battles for a rebound with New York Knicks center Jason Smith during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) Utah Jazz’s annual free agent mini-camp includes some high-profile names
    The Jazz opened their fifth annual free agent mini-camp on Friday, a two-day event that allows up-and-comers and comebackers alike the chance to show ...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) smiles as he warms up prior to game 4 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Utah Jazz don’t want Gordon Hayward to leave. But they’ll have to be prepared if he does.
    After years of meticulous planning, rearranging personnel and stockpiling assets, the biggest decision in the biggest summer of Dennis Lindsey’s time ...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • SMU’s Semi Ojeleye (33) looks to pass against Cincinnati’s Kevin Johnson, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Utah Jazz take a look at SMU’s Semi Ojeleye in pre-draft workout
    This summer’s pre-draft workout process is more difficult than the past for the Utah Jazz front office. Utah has two picks late in the first round, No...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Oregon forward Dillon Brooks celebrates at the end of a regional semifinal against Michigan in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. Oregon won 69-68. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah Jazz: Oregon’s Brooks, Bell become competitors to catch attention of NBA teams
    Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell engaged in a spirited game of one-on-one basketball Monday afternoon. There was a three-dribble max, a rule designed to ...

    Updated Jun 05 2017 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen walks onto the field before an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez) College football: Gary Andersen working his magic again, this time at Oregon State
    Gary Andersen stopped short of setting a definitive expectation for himself and his Oregon State football team. But there was no denying the excitemen...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon (4) shoots against Florida Gulf Coast during the first half of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) Utah Jazz: Dwayne Bacon eager to prove he can defend in workout
    Dwayne Bacon certainly has the right idea if he wants to impress the Utah Jazz. A guy known for his scoring prowess — he averaged 17 points a game as ...
    Updated Jun 03 2017 06:48 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Boris Diaw answers question on the season during exit interview with the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Jazzman Boris Diaw taking in sights of Southern Utah, Nevada this summer
    Wearing a grey Jazz hat, a jacket and pants, Jazz forward Boris Diaw is currently on quite an adventure — hiking the mountains and deserts of Utah and...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) comes to the assistance of teammate Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after he was fouled during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in San Antonio. On the left watching is Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34). (AP Photo/Ronald Cortes) NBA Finals: Cavs vs. Warriors Game 1 showdown — their third straight Finals meeting — will be a league first
    Well, we’re finally here: Cavs vs. Warriors. NBA Finals. It was inevitable — and it helped turned the NBA playoffs into six-week waiting game. But now...
    Updated May 31 2017 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell (45) goes in for a layup ahead of Duke’s Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 78-69. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Utah Jazz: Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell out to prove he’s among best in the draft
    Donovan Mitchell, like many 6-foot-3 shooting guards in college basketball, has to prove himself at the NBA level. Can he play point guard? Can he def...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, is guarded by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) Tony Jones: Quit complaining about the postseason — we’re witnessing greatness
    We all can agree that the NBA postseason has left something to be desired from a competitive standpoint. The Warriors and Cavaliers enter the NBA Fina...
    Updated May 27 2017 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) speaks to members of the media during a practice at UCLA Student Activities Center Monday, April 17, 2017. Utah Jazz: Does Derrick Favors still fit in the Jazz’s future?
    Utah forward Derrick Favors has spoken glowingly about his tenure with the Jazz and his desire to forge a future with the organization that acquired h...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    Jazz: Illinois’ Malcom Hill shows promise in pre-draft workout
    Illinois’ Malcolm Hill was a late addition to Saturday morning’s Utah Jazz pre-draft workout. But he was able to make an impression regardless. Shoot...
    Updated May 20 2017 08:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey speaks with the media after the introduction of players George Hill and Joe Johnson at the Jazz training facilities on Friday, July 8, 2016. Utah Jazz: For GM Dennis Lindsey, offseason is all about hanging on to Gordon Hayward
    The plight of a small market basketball team can be frustrating. Just ask the Jazz. Beyond drafting Trey Burke, Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey ...
    Updated May 18 2017 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for photographs with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NBA: Celtics win draft lottery, pick No. 1; Lakers at No. 2
    As an All-American and one of the best players in BYU basketball history, Danny Ainge established himself as a winner early in his career. As Larry B...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Gordon Hayward contemplates an answer on the season in exit interview in front of the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Jazz: After a big season, the big issues facing Utah’s roster
    Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey has completed his rebuild, turning the Jazz into one of the better teams in the NBA this season. Utah won 51 ...
    Updated May 13 2017 06:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots a free throw during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors out to answer questions about his ability during crucial offseason
    Power forward Derrick Favors, quiet and reserved by nature, isn’t usually prone to hyperbole. The power forward has mastered the art of the poker face...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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