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Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burke is gaining valuable experience as a member of the USA's Select Team while he matches up against the likes of Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving during practice, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Despite being one of the better rookies last season, Burke still has a lot of room for improvement in virtually every aspect of the game. He'll likely split time at point guard with Dante Exum this upcoming season, so the fierce competition he's facing in Las Vegas with Team USA is serving as a trial run for what should be an interesting inter-squad battle when you also throw the budding talent of Alec Burks into the mix at the guard spots.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayward is currently one of 19 players vying for a spot on Team USA's 12-man roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: It's certainly an honor to represent your country in competition, but there's a slight hesitation from current and prospective owners of Hayward who know that he exhausted himself at points last season. A full offseason of rest at first glance seems like it would benefit the 24-year-old, although, there's a chance that his participation in the World Cup might jump start his shooting percentage that has declined after every season of his four-year career (48.5, 45.6, 43.5, 41.3).
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gobert will play for Team France in the FIBA World Cup later this summer, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Gobert just finished up another successful Las Vegas Summer League (11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 2.5 blocks) as he now looks to gain more of a prominent role in the Jazz's rotation this upcoming season under the new direction of coach Quin Snyder. The Frenchman only averaged 9.6 minutes on the court during 45 games last season, but his per-36 numbers (8.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.4 blocks) seem to denote that he can contribute in deeper leagues this season, that is if he's able to play at least 15-20 minutes per game.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Felix will have a chance to be a contributor in coach Quin Snyder's lineup this season because of his ability to defend and shoot the corner three, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Felix certainly brings some things to the table that sets him apart, like being a good defender, but the odds of him racking up significant time on the court this season are still low. He's currently behind four guys on the depth chart and only played in seven games during his rookie season last year. Because of this, the flattery that he's receiving from the Jazz staff likely won't translate on the court in 2014-15.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burke (illness) played in four Las Vegas Summer League games while averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.8 steals during 27.0 minutes per game.
Impact: Burke's stats from the summer league certainly aren't eye popping, but it shouldn't be too concerning for his upcoming sophomore year. He finished last season averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 0.6 steals during 32.3 minutes of action per game. A road block for Burke to improve on these numbers is the addition of Dante Exum. While the Utah front office has sold Exum as a shooting guard, they've also made it clear that the new draftee will spend time in relief of Burke at the one. This division of minutes may have implications for Burke if Exum excels at playing the point guard position.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Kevin Love.
Impact: The Cavs sent Felix, a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams are not commenting on the deals.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Felix was traded to Utah for John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas, and Erik Murphy, Yahoo! reports. The Cavs also sent a future second-round pick in addition to cash.
Impact: Cleveland is trying to get its books in order to make an offer for Kevin Love. Felix, who spent the majority of his rookie season on the injured list with a broken kneecap, has a guaranteed contract, while the three new Cavalier players do not. The swingman could develop into a defensive replacement off the bench for Utah, but his fantasy upside is limited to very deep leagues.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Utah Jazz have signed free agent forward Trevor Booker.
Impact: Booker has played all four of his NBA seasons in Washington, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 minutes in 235 career games, including 105 starts. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8 forward was the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft by Minnesota before his rights were traded to the Wizards.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Favors will likely start at center this upcoming season under the direction of new coach Quin Snyder, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Snyder seems to be shaking things up in Utah a bit, and this decision comes as a result of his offensive strategy to surround the post with shooters. The acquisition of the sharpshooting Steve Novak this offseason falls in line with this new philosophy. Favors has played both power forward and center throughout his career, so this isn't a drastic change for a player who had his best statistical season in 2013-14. Enes Kanter will play power forward, though he too can play either frontcourt slot, so position labels might not matter in the end. The two will likely have strong presences in the post, despite what their labeled as.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kanter will play power forward this upcoming season under the direction of new coach Quin Snyder, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Snyder's offensive system of surrounding the post with shooters has resulted in Kanter's spot at the four. This likely means that fellow frontcourt mate Derrick Favors will start at center. It may all be a wash in the end, however, since both players can play either position, and the difference between the two spots is minimal. This news most notably seems to confirm that Kanter will be a starter for the Jazz this season. He spent last year in limbo as a starter and a reserve player, but the departure of Marvin Williams this offseason opened the door for Kanter to solidify his place in the starting five.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gobert contributed 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, and two blocks in 28 minutes during the Jazz's 75-73 win versus the Trail Blazers at the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Gobert averaged 11.8 points (73.1 FG, 50.0 FT), 9.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in four games at the Las Vegas Summer League. However, it won't be easy for him to earn considerable playing time given the presence of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter (knee), and Gobert will need to continue to improve on both ends if he's going to see an uptick in minutes during his sophomore season.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burke is out of the lineup for Friday's summer league game due to an upper respiratory infection, the Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones reports.
Impact: This certainly isn't anything that would keep Burke out for long, but it's worth noting why he isn't playing Friday. Dante Exum will start at point guard against Portland.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gobert (shoulder) is starting Thursday's Las Vegas Summer League contest, the Deseret News reports.
Impact: Before sitting out Tuesday's tilt due to a sore shoulder, Gobert thoroughly impressed, averaging 12 points (on 90.9 percent shooting), nine rebounds, 3.5 swats, and one assist in 24 minutes across two games. Sure, the second-year center has faced watered-down competition, but his development indicates that he should be able to produce on defense, at the very least. However, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter (knee) lie in Gobert's wake, which will likely make minutes difficult to come in the upcoming season.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Utah Jazz have matched Charlotte's four-year, $63 million offer for Hayward.
Impact: Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed Utah's move on Saturday. It was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The Jazz had until late Sunday to match the Hornets' offer from Thursday for the 6-foot-8 small forward. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading the Jazz in scoring and minutes.