Utah Jazz Player News: All Positions

News: Conley could decide to leave Orlando in late August and rejoin the Jazz at a later date following the upcoming birth of his child, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.
Impact: Based on the current schedule laid out by the NBA for the resumption of the season, the expected due date for Conley's child would fall around the second round of the playoffs. The veteran point guard hasn't explicitly said that he would leave the Jazz to witness the birth, but if he does choose to exit the Orlando "bubble," he could need to go through a quarantine process before he's eligible to rejoin the team. Coach Quin Snyder said Sunday that he'll support whatever Conley elects to do as his wife's due date approaches, but until then, the 32-year-old is expected to continue training and playing in games with the Jazz. Conley has endured a rough first season in Utah from both a performance and health standpoint, but he's nonetheless expected to benefit from an uptick in both minutes and usage as the Jazz return to action without the services of Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist), who underwent season-ending surgery while the NBA was on hiatus.
News: Niang is expected to receive a boost in playing time when the season resumes with Bojan Bogdanovic set to undergo season-ending wrist surgery, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Jazz will likely turn to Joe Ingles to fill Bogdanovic's starting role at forward, but since Ingles was already averaging 27.7 minutes per game coming off the bench this season, he won't be able to assume all of Bogdanovic's playing time. As such, Niang, who is only averaging 13.3 minutes per game as a reserve this season, is a likelier candidate to absorb a good chunk of Bogdanovic's 33.1 minutes per game. Even if Niang pushes for a consistent 20-to-25-minute role, his low usage could still make it difficult for him to gain relevance in most fantasy leagues, but he should at least be on the radar.
News: Ingles is expected to slot in as the Jazz's starting small forward when the NBA season resumes with Bojan Bogdanovic set to undergo season-ending wrist surgery, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ingles has started 37 games this season, but he had come off the bench for the Jazz's final seven games before the NBA went on hiatus. With Bogdanovic now out of the picture, however, Ingles should slot into a starting role on the wing, while Royce O'Neale likely bumps over to power forward. Both Ingles and O'Neale could absorb some of Bogdanovic's minutes, but reserve forward Georges Niang may see the biggest uptick in playing time with a key rotation player sidelined. In any case, a move to the starting five should prove beneficial for Ingles, who has been far better statistically in that capacity rather than coming off the bench. Over those 37 starts, Ingles is averaging 11.2 points, 6.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 0.9 steals in 31.6 minutes per contest.
News: Bogdanovic is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist in the near future Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic wasn't known to have been dealing with any injury prior to the NBA suspending its season in mid-March, but the forward has apparently been dealing with pain and discomfort in his right wrist since January, and it's only worsened in the months that have passed. The implication, of course, is that Bogdanovic wouldn't be available for the Jazz if the 2019-20 season resumes later this year in some form, though Utah expects him to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign. In his first season with the Jazz, Bogdanovic appeared in 63 of the team's 64 games, averaging a career-best 20.2 points to go with 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 treys and 2.1 assists.
News: Gobert said Sunday in an Instagram Live conversation with Taylor Rooks of Turner Sports that he spoke with Donovan Mitchell "a few days ago" in an effort to repair the relationship between the two players.
Impact: Gobert's willingness to reach out to Mitchell may at least temporarily defuse the notion that the relationship between the two Jazz co-stars "doesn't appear salvageable," as one source with knowledge of the matter previously labeled the matter in a report published Friday by Shams Charania, Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic. While Gobert told Rooks that he was ready to turn his focus to teaming up with Mitchell and winning a championship, it's not certain that Mitchell is on the same page with the big man. When he tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after Gobert, Mitchell expressed frustration with the recklessness Gobert exhibited in contacting teammates and the media in the days leading up to the NBA suspending its season. Both players are at least fine from a health standpoint, as the Utah Department of Health fully cleared Gobert, Mitchell and all other Jazz players and personnel of the coronavirus in late March.