Utah Jazz sign Derrick Alston Jr.

The Utah Jazz have signed forward Derrick Alston Jr.

Alston Jr. (6-9, 190, Boise State) appeared in 28 games (all starts) during his final collegiate season in 2020-21, owning averages of 17.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.5 minutes per contest, garnering 2020-21 All-Mountain West First Team honors. His 17.0 points per game ranked fourth in the Mountain West Conference last season.

Originally a walk-on to the Boise State basketball Team, Alston was a four-year player seeing action in 104 games (79 starts) with career averages of 14.2 points, 3.9 boards and 1.9 assists in 28.9 minutes per contest. The Houston native left the program ranked 10th in all-time points (1,479), ninth in threes made (190) and first in free throw percentage (82.1).

Utah Jazz add Irv Roland to coaching staff

The Utah Jazz have added Irv Roland to their coaching staff.

Roland, a seven-year NBA coaching veteran, last worked for the Houston Rockets from 2017-19 where they reached the Western Conference Finals in 2018. He began his NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 2004 where he assisted with video analysis. In 2005, he joined the New Orleans Hornets, also in the team’s video department, and worked there until 2010. He continued his journey in coaching, moving to Phoenix and was an assistant coach for the Suns from 2013-17.

Additionally, Roland works throughout the offseason with current and former NBA players.

A native of Midwest City, Okla., Roland played college basketball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Utah Jazz add Erdem Can to coaching staff

The Utah Jazz have added Erdem Can to their coaching staff.

Can joins the Jazz having most recently served as an assistant coach for Fenerbahce in the Turkish first division from 2012-21. Under legendary international head coach Željko Obradović, Can helped the team to four Turkish League Championships, three Turkish Cups, five EuroLeague Final Fours, three EuroLeague Finals and one EuroLeague Championship. He has also assisted the Utah Jazz’s summer league coaching staff five times in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

The Ankara, Turkey native comes to Utah with a vast career in coaching and as a player. He began his playing career with Sumerbank Basketball Team in Turkey from 1993-96 and finished his career with Mulkiyespor Basketball Team, also in Turkey (1996-98). He also has coaching stops in the Turkish first division with Turk Telekom (2008-10), Olin Edirne (2010-12), serving as head coach for Olin Edirne for two seasons.

Can received a master’s degree in political science and public administration at the Ankara University Faculty of Political Science in 2003.

Utah Jazz sign rookie guard Jared Butler

The Utah Jazz have signed rookie guard Jared Butler.

Butler (6-3, 195, Baylor) was picked 40th overall (2nd round) in the 2021 NBA draft. He ranked third in the Big 12 in scoring in 2020-21, averaging 16.7 points to go with 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 41.6 percent from three-point range as a junior.

The 20-year-old guard helped lead Baylor to a 2021 NCAA Championship, posting 22 points and seven assists in the title game and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Butler earned 2020-21 Consensus All-America First Team, All-Big 12 First Team and All-Big 12 Defensive Team honors.

The Reserve, La. native spent three seasons at Baylor, appearing in 94 games (81 starts) with averages of 14.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 29.1 minutes per game.

Utah Jazz re-sign Trent Forrest to a two-way contract

The Utah Jazz have re-signed guard Trent Forrest to a two-way contract.

Forrest (6-4, 210, Florida State) appeared in 30 games with the Jazz last season, posting averages of 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10.1 minutes while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. He also saw action in four postseason games.

The 23-year-old was a four-year collegiate player at Florida State, where he left as the winningest player in school history with 104 victories, also ranking third in all-time steals (224), third in all-time games played (137) and fifth in all-time assists (455). Off the court, Forrest was named to the ACC All-Academic Basketball Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll in four-straight seasons.

Utah Jazz sign Rudy Gay and Hassan Whiteside

The Utah Jazz announced yesterday that the team has signed forward Rudy Gay and center Hassan Whiteside.

Gay (6-8, 240, Connecticut) saw action in 63 games (one start) in 2020-21 with the San Antonio Spurs, owning averages of 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.6 minutes per contest.

“Rudy brings a valuable veteran presence to the Jazz which will only enhance our group as it continues to evolve,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “He’s proven to be one of the most consistent players in the NBA over his 15-year career and we’re thrilled for him to join our club.”

Entering his 16th NBA season, he owns career averages of 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals with Memphis (2006-12), Sacramento (2013-17) and San Antonio (2018-21) in 1,009 games (778 starts) and became one of 26 players in NBA history to total over 16,000 career points, 5,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals through 1,000 NBA games played. With 16,903 career points, the Baltimore, Md. Native currently ranks 99th overall in NBA history.

Originally drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, Gay earned 2006-07 All-NBA Rookie First Team honors following his first professional season. He has also represented the USA Men’s National Team at the 2010 FIBA World Cup and 2014 FIBA World Cup, helping both squads to gold medals.

Whiteside (7-0, 265, Marshall) played in 36 games (four starts) with the Sacramento Kings during the 2020-21 season, averaging 8.1 points on 56.3 percent from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15.2 minutes per contest.

“Hassan is one of the more physically gifted players in the game today and has a vast amount of valuable professional basketball experience,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “We’re excited to add someone with his skillset and feel he’s a great fit with our current roster.”

The Gastonia, N.C. native has played in nine NBA seasons with career averages of 13.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 446 games (324 starts) with Sacramento (2010-12 and 2020-21), Miami (2014-19) and Portland (2019-20). He was named to the 2015-16 All-NBA Defensive Second Team and has twice led the NBA in blocks (2015-16 and 2019-20), also leading the NBA in rebounds in 2016-17. Of the last 10 point-rebound-block triple-doubles in the league, Whiteside owns four of those performances.

Originally drafted by Sacramento with the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, he has additional professional experience, playing in the G League with the Reno Bighorns (2010-12), Sioux Falls SkyForce (2012-13 and 2014-15), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2012-13) and Iowa Wolves (2014-15). He played for Amchit Club of the Lebanese Division A in 2012-13 and Al Moutahed Tripoli in 2013-14, where he averaged 20.6 points on 54.3 percent shooting, 14.8 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per contest.

Utah Jazz re-sign Mike Conley

The Utah Jazz have re-signed guard Mike Conley.

“We’re excited to be bringing Mike back to our team after his past two stellar seasons with us,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “He has had a profound impact both on and off the court and has made our team more competitive and our community better.”

Conley (6-1, 180, Ohio State) averaged 16.2 points, knocking down a career-best 2.7 threes per game on a career-high 41.2 percent from three, along with 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 2020-21, earning his first All-Star selection. He became the most veteran player in NBA history, at 14 years of experience, to make a first All-Star team. He saw action in six games (all starts) during Utah’s 2021 NBA Playoff run, where he averaged 15.3 points on 48.6 percent from beyond the arc, 7.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per contest.

Entering his 15th NBA season, Conley has appeared in 886 games (850) with Memphis (2007-19) and Utah (2019 – pres.), owning averages of 14.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3,0 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. He’s currently one of only seven active NBA players to have accrued over 13,000 points, 5,000 assists, 2,500 rebounds and 1,200 steals (J. Harden, A. Iguodala, L. James, K. Lowry, C. Paul and R. Westbrook).

Jazz trade Derrick Favors to Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired forward/center Derrick Favors and a future first-round draft pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2027 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Favors (6-10, 265) has appeared in 751 games (68 starts) with the Jazz, Nets and Pelicans and holds career averages of 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 24.7 minutes per game.

The 2027 second-round pick the Thunder is trading to Utah is the least favorable of Oklahoma City’s four second-round picks.