Player News - Jazz

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Jrue Holiday, Victor Oladipo, Robert Covington, Anthony Davis and Rudy Gobert were named to the All-Defensive First Team.

Gobert led the way with 192 points, including a league-high 94 points for first team with Davis behind him (163, 73). Oladipo likely got a heavy bump from voters for his league-leading steal totals and somewhat surprisingly came in third, while Holiday justifiably earned his first defensive team nod.
May 23 - 2:18 PM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) was unanimously selected to the All-Rookie First Team.

Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen were also selected to the All-Rookie First Team, while Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Bogdan Bogdanovic, Josh Jackson and John Collins received All-Rookie Second Team honors. Mitchell is reportedly still sporting a walking boot after suffering a foot injury during the fourth quarter of Utah's Game 5 loss to Houston, but the injury is not considered serious and he's fully expected to be 100% by the time training camp rolls along.
May 22 - 2:17 PM

Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey said the Jazz hope to retain Dante Exum.

Exum missed the first five months of the 2017-18 season due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason. He appeared in 14 games during the regular season and averaged 8.1 points and 3.1 assists. "We hope to retain him," said Lindsey. "Obviously there’s a lot of conversations and in a free agent market, it’s hard to predict. Dante’s done his job, he’s had some unfortunate things happen. We don’t think he’s injury prone — things happen to young players."
May 22 - 10:19 AM

Donovan Mitchell is still in a walking boot, but "everything is fine" with the foot according to Jazz reporter Tony Jones.

Mitchell injured himself in the closing moments of Utah's Game 5 loss to the Rockets earlier this month. He's been in a boot since, but both Mitchell and the Jazz have downplayed the injury. The sensational rookie should be ready to start offseason workouts shorty.
May 18 - 10:52 AM

Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis and Joel Embiid are the finalists for 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year.

Gobert was limited to 56 games during the regular season but his defensive impact was massive, and he's generally considered the favorite. Injuries haven't been a major concern in his career and he's entering his prime, turning 26 in June, ensuring that he'll be gone within the top-20 picks of almost any fantasy draft.
May 16 - 8:49 PM

Derrick Favors stated during a recent interview that he'd like to re-sign with the Jazz as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"I want to be here," Favors said. "I love my teammates, I love the organization. This is where I grew up. At the same time, I know that if I’m going to be here, there are certain sacrifices that I’m going to have to make. So, I just have to wait and see how things work out when the time comes." It'll be interesting to see what sort of offers Favors receives on the open market, but he'll likely be sacrificing both money and playing time if he decides to remain with the Jazz.
May 15 - 3:22 PM

Alec Burks said he was as healthy as he’s been at the end of a season in several years.

Burks had missed at least 40 games in each of the previous three seasons but was able to play in 64 contests for Utah in 2017-18. However, with Donovan Mitchell emerging as a star, and Royce O’Neale passing Burks in the rotation, his role next season will likely be limited. Burks has just one year left on his current contract, which may lead to Utah exploring trade opportunities this offseason or next February at the trade deadline.
May 15 - 1:39 PM

Donovan Mitchell said his rookie season is only the beginning, and that this summer will be nonstop work trying to improve his game.

"There’s so many things I could go down the list that I can work on," Mitchell said. Spida D said he's going to target improving his ability to make tougher shots and that his efficiency on defense must make a leap. He also plans to rewatch all 97 games from his 2017-18 season before training camp. Mitchell was still in a walking boot during Utah's exit interviews on Wednesday, but the injury isn't believed to be serious and we should get an update on his status soon.
May 10 - 11:46 AM

Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) said he's done some light jogging and shooting, but he's still about a month away from resuming normal basketball activities.

Sefolosha will spend most of his summer rehabbing in Switzerland, but he should be fully recovered by the time the 2018-19 season kicks off. He will, however, be suspended for the first five games next year due to violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program.
May 9 - 1:13 PM

Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and had four rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes before heading to the locker room with a left foot injury after a collision with James Harden in the fourth quarter in Utah’s Game 5 loss to Houston on Tuesday.

Mitchell was going insane in the third where he scored 22 of his 24 points. He never returned to the action, but did come sit with his teammates through the final buzzer. "Even though I was out, I can't just sit in the back," Mitchell said. "I want to be there with my teammates throughout the entire thing." He was seen in a walking boot for precautionary reasons, but X-rays were negative, so hopefully he just has a minor foot injury. We're wishing a quick recovery for Spida D, who had a phenomenal rookie season, averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. It appears that Ben Simmons is likely to win the Rookie of the Year Award, but given how well Mitchell performed in the playoffs, as well as the regular season, that might be the wrong call.
May 8 - 11:26 PM

Alec Burks scored 22 points and had three rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes in Utah's season-ending Game 5 loss to Houston on Tuesday.

This was the most minutes Burks logged all season and the most points he's scored since December 4th, 2017. Even with his big night, it wasn't enough to avoid being eliminated. This was another decent season for Burks, averaging 7.7 points and three boards per game as a role player for the Jazz, who he's set to return with in 2018-19.
May 8 - 11:15 PM

Donovan Mitchell was helped to the locker room after a left knee collision with James Harden with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter during Game 5 against Houston on Tuesday. His return is questionable.

Mitchell exploded for 22 points in the third quarter, doing everything to keep Utah's season alive. This would be a terrible way for the rookie's great season to end and his left foot is being looked at due to soreness.
May 8 - 10:12 PM

Dante Exum (strained left hamstring) will not play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

He's dealing with the same injury as Ricky Rubio and the Jazz will be without both guys with their season on the line. Exum was averaging minutes in the low teens in this series, but has had some nice defensive moments on Harden. Look for a combination of Raul Neto, Alec Burks and Royce O'Neale to pick up the slack.
May 7 - 7:11 PM

Ricky Rubio (hamstring) will not play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

He was ruled out a few hours before tip-off for Game 4, but now he's getting ruled out a full day before. There's no word of any setback, but this is rough news for a Jazz team that will also be missing Dante Exum, one of their best options to defend James Harden. The Jazz will have to get creative and we should see a heavy dose of Royce O'Neale again.
May 7 - 7:09 PM

An MRI revealed a strained left hamstring for Dante Exum and he is being listed as day-to-day.

Exum exited Sunday's game with the hamstring injury and did not return, and if both he and Ricky Rubio (hamstring) are unable to play Tuesday, that would open up a lot of minutes for Raul Neto and Alec Burks. Neto would likely draw the start, but Burks would make for the more interesting play in fantasy hoops.
May 7 - 4:32 PM


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