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Jazz may keep Enes Kanter

Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune reporting the latest on the Utah Jazz and center Enes Kanter, who is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game this season:

Jazz may keep Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter and his agent very publicly asked the Jazz last week to trade the young center by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

However, the Jazz are unlikely to bend to Kanter’s demand.

The Salt Lake Tribune has learned, via NBA sources, that while the team will listen to offers, Kanter is still valued highly by the franchise and very much in its long-term plans.

Following last Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks — a game in which he suffered a first-half injury and sat out the rest of the way — a frustrated Kanter told The Tribune he hoped to be dealt by the deadline. The next day, Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, confirmed the trade request in an interview with 1280 AM.

Derrick Favors playing great season for Jazz

Derrick Favors enjoying good season for Jazz

Scan the top 20 in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and you’ll find a host of perennial All-Stars and MVP candidates. Also in the mix is a fifth-year big man who keeps progressing and has helped stabilize a young, developing team. Derrick Favors, 23, is enjoying his best season yet for the Jazz, setting career highs in scoring (15.7 ppg), field goal percentage (54.4, 10th in the NBA) and PER (22.45, 16th in the league) while approaching personal bests in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Favors has already made nearly as many mid-range shots this season (51) as he did all of last season (54), and his field goal percentage on those attempts has improved to 38.6 from 30.9. The 6-10, 262-pound Favors has been a standout during the recent turnaround for Utah, which has gone a solid 10-11 since a 6-19 start.

Jazz sign Chris Johnson to 10-day contract

Jazz sign Chris Johnson to 10-day contract

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Chris Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 10-day contract. Johnson becomes the NBA’s 24th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 22nd different player to be called up.

Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

The 24-year-old Johnson (6-6, 201, Dayton) appeared in 14 games (all starts) for the Vipers this season, averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures on 13 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in eight games, including one 30-point contest. He started the 2014-15 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes while scoring in double figures twice in nine games (two starts), before being waived on Nov. 15.

Johnson has spent portions of three seasons with the 76ers (2014-15), Boston Celtics (2013-14) and Memphis Grizzlies (2012-13), appearing in 57 NBA games (two starts) and owns averages of 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game and has scored in double figures 12 times. He has also appeared in 73 D-League games (58 starts) over three seasons for Rio Grande Valley, holding averages of 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes. He was a member of the Vipers’ 2013 D-League Championship team, a 2014 NBA D-League All-Star selection and was recently named to the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase Second Team.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Johnson played four seasons at Dayton (2008-12), where he earned Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team honors following his junior season and was the 2010 Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player recipient and helped lead the Flyers to a 2010 NIT championship. He was not selected in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Johnson becomes the 15th D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, and the fourth this season.

He will wear uniform #23 for the Jazz.

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract.

Millsap signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Jazz on Jan. 5 and has appeared in 10 Jazz games since, averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.4 minutes.

When the Jazz signed him from the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam, Millsap (6-6, 215, Alabama-Birmingham) became the 12th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season.  At the time of his call-up, Millsap was averaging 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals in 36.6 minutes per contest in 19 games (16 starts) for the Jam.  He recorded eight double-doubles, including one triple-double (26 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists vs. Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 18).  He scored in double figures on 18 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in 12 games.

A native of Monroe, La., Millsap played two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (2006-08) before transferring to University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) (2008-10) and was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Rodney Hood out through mid February with foot injury

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at San Antonio with a left foot injury:

After returning to Salt Lake for further evaluation, Rodney Hood was examined by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing this morning through official Jazz health care partner, University of Utah Health Care. The MRI results showed a recurrence of inflammation in Hood’s left foot. As a result, Hood’s left foot will be placed in a boot for approximately one week during which time he will continue to receive treatment. Following the removal of the boot, Hood will begin conditioning, restricted weight training and light court work. Hood will remain out through the NBA All-Star Break, at which point his status will be reevaluated.

The 22-year-old Hood (6-8, 215, Duke) has appeared in 24 games (five starts) as a rookie, averaging 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes. He was originally selected in the first round (23rd overall selection) of the 2014 NBA Draft, becoming the first former Duke player ever to be drafted by the Jazz.

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Elliot Williams to a second 10-day contract. Williams signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 7 and has appeared in three Jazz games since, averaging 2.7 points in 8.6 minutes.

When the Jazz signed him from the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, Williams (6-5, 190, Memphis) became the 13th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season. At the time of his call-up, Williams was averaging 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 37.2 minutes in 16 games (all starts) for Santa Cruz. He recorded five double-doubles and scored in double figures in all 16 games. Williams scored 20-plus points in 10 games and 30-or-more points twice.

A native of Memphis, Tenn. and former McDonald’s All-American, Williams played one season at Duke (2008-09) before transferring to the University of Memphis (2009-10). He was originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Utah Jazz have signed guard/forward Elijah Millsap to a second 10-day contract.

Millsap signed his first 10-day with Utah on January 5. He has appeared in five Jazz games since, averaging 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 24.0 minutes. Which is more playing time than most players who sign a 10-day deal tend to receive.

When the Jazz signed him from the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam, Millsap (6-6, 215, Alabama-Birmingham) became the 12th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season. At the time of his call-up, Millsap was averaging 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals in 36.6 minutes per contest in 19 games (16 starts) for the Jam.

Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune reporting Jazz news from Sunday:

Toure’ Murry finally got into the books Saturday night.

A day later, he’s off of the roster.

The Utah Jazz on Sunday waived the second-year combo guard, clearing a roster spot that sources say will be used to bring guard Elijah Millsap up from the D-League.

With injuries to Alec Burks, Rodney Hood and Patrick Christopher, the Jazz have been in search of help at the wing and Murry apparently was not in the team’s plans going forward.

Utah Jazz waive Toure` Murry

The Utah Jazz have waived guard Toure’ Murry.

Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) was originally signed as a free agent on Aug. 28 and appeared in one regular season game for the Jazz. He also had two assignments with Jazz’s exclusive NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede (Nov. 13-Dec. 2 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3), where he saw action in seven games (six starts) and averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 31.3 minutes of play.

Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players.

The team is 12-22 so far this season. They’re being led by small forward Gordon Hayward (18.9 ppg), Derrick Favors (15.4 ppg), Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, who both average 13.9 ppg — though Burks is injured and will miss the rest of the season.

Rodney Hood out one week with foot injury

Rodney Hood was examined by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing yesterday at the University of Utah. The MRI results showed inflammation in Hood’s left foot. As a result, Hood’s left foot will be placed in a boot and he will continue to participate in treatment, conditioning and restricted weight training for approximately one week at which time he will be reevaluated.

The 22-year-old Hood (6-8, 215, Duke) has appeared in 22 games (five starts) as a rookie, averaging 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.2 minutes. He was originally selected in the first round (23rd overall selection) of the 2014 NBA Draft, becoming the first former Duke player ever to be drafted by the Jazz.

Jazz assign Toure` Murry to D-League

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has assigned guard Toure’ Murry to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusive D-League affiliate. Murry is expected to be in uniform for the Stampede’s game Friday, Jan. 2 against the Bakersfield Jam.

This will be the second assignment this season for Murry, who was previously assigned to Idaho from Nov. 13-Dec. 2. In six games (five starts) for the Stampede, Murry averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals in 31.5 minutes of play. Murry recorded two double-doubles, scoring in double figures in five of his six games and reached 20-plus points once. He has not yet appeared in a game this season for the Jazz.

Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) is the ninth different player in Jazz history to be assigned to the D-League, and the first under the new Jazz-Stampede single affiliation. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Patrick Christopher, Ian Clark, Rudy Gobert, Jeremy Evans and Steve Novak.

Jazz guard Alec Burks out for season with shoulder injury

Alec Burks out for season with shoulder injury

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks, who has missed the last two games with a left shoulder injury:

After examination by the Utah Jazz medical staff it has been decided that Alec Burks will undergo a surgical repair on his injured left shoulder. The procedure will be performed by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician, Dr. Travis Maak, on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the University of Utah. As a result, Burks will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He is expected to be ready for the start of 2015 Jazz training camp.

“Alec’s long-term health has been our top priority throughout this process, and although it is unfortunate that we will be without his services on the court the rest of this season, we commend Alec’s commitment and continued effort to play through considerable pain to this point,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “After continued consultation with our medical staff, Alec and his representation, we have unanimously agreed that it would be most prudent for Alec to have this procedure performed now in order to ensure that he will be healthy and ready for the start of next season.”

The 23-year-old Burks (6-6, 211, Colorado) appeared in 27 games (all starts) with the Jazz this season, averaging 13.9 points and career-highs of 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.3 minutes. He also was shooting a career-high .382 from three-point range and .822 from the line while scoring in double figures in 22 of 27 games, reaching 20-plus points four times, and registered his first two career double-doubles. Prior to missing the last two games, Burks had seen action in 105 of a possible 111 games over the past two seasons, including 78 games in 2013-14. The fourth-year guard was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Jazz beat Spurs for much-needed win

Here’s the Deseret News reporting some Utah Jazz success from Tuesday:

The Utah Jazz were finally able to get the monkey off their backs. After going three weeks without a victory, Utah managed to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 100-96 in a home game at EnergySolutions Arena.

From the get-go, the Jazz played with a great sense of purpose and urgency. They assumed a very aggressive persona, as evidenced by several early, successful forays to the hoop. As a result, Utah not only set the tone early on, but managed to maintain control of it for much of the game. The Jazz crashed the boards, played with the pass and played some gritty, much more focused defense. The end result was a dramatic win.

Alec Burks injury update: Cleared to resume practice

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks, who has missed the last two Jazz games with left shoulder inflammation:

After undergoing testing and consultations with the Utah Jazz medical staff and multiple outside medical experts, the findings were consistent and a unanimous agreement was reached that Burks is cleared to resume practice activities at this time.

Burks will be listed as QUESTIONABLE for Monday night’s game at Sacramento.

The 23-year-old Burks (6-6, 211, Colorado) has appeared in 18 games (all starts) and is averaging 13.3 points and career-highs of 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.7 minutes. The fourth-year guard was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks:

Alec Burks recovering from shoulder issue

Burks (left shoulder inflammation) will be listed as OUT for tonight’s game vs. Toronto and Friday’s game vs. Orlando while undergoing additional testing on his left shoulder. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.

The 23-year-old Burks (6-6, 211, Colorado) has appeared in 18 games (all starts) and is averaging 13.3 points and career-highs of 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.7 minutes. The fourth-year guard was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Rodney Hood injury update

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard/forward Rodney Hood, who has missed the last six games due to a right foot injury:

Hood accompanied the team to Golden State, but will be listed as OUT indefinitely. He will continue to participate in treatment, conditioning and restricted weight training for approximately two-to-three weeks at which time he will be reevaluated.

The 22-year-old Hood (6-8, 215, Duke) has appeared in six games as a rookie, averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.2 minutes. He was originally selected in the first round (23rd overall selection) of the 2014 NBA Draft, becoming the first former Duke player ever to be drafted by the Jazz.

Utah Jazz assign Toure’ Murry to D-League affiliate Idaho Stampede

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has assigned guard Toure’ Murry to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusive D-League affiliate. Murry is expected to be in uniform for the Stampede’s season opener on Friday, Nov. 14 against the Erie BayHawks.

Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) played one game for the Erie BayHawks last season while on D-League assignment from the New York Knicks, recording 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes of action. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League, averaging 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 46 games (30 starts) en route to the 2013 D-League Championship.

The 6-5 guard signed with Utah as a free agent on Aug. 28. He has not yet appeared in a game this season for the Jazz.

Murry is the ninth different player in Jazz history to be assigned to the D-League, and the first under the new Jazz-Stampede single affiliation. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Ian Clark, Rudy Gobert, Jeremy Evans and Steve Novak.

The Utah Jazz got quite a thrill in their home arena last night, courtesy of Gordon Hayward, who nailed a beautiful jumpshot at the buzzer to give his squad a win.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, still working to develop team chemistry, are a serious work in progress right now, but still, any win against a team with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on their roster is a good one.

Here’s the Deseret news reporting, followed by video of Hayward’s game-winning, buzzer-beating shot:

Sundiata Gaines has some company when it comes to the part of Utah Jazz lore that includes hitting buzzer-beating shots against LeBron James’ teams.

In a moment that encapsulated the Jazz’s better-than-expected play this fall and highlighted the progression of his career, small forward Gordon Hayward lifted the Utah Jazz to one doozy of a 102-100 win over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a buzzer-beating dagger.

“This is crazy. We did it for these guys (the fans). This is exciting,” Hayward said on the court in his walk-off interview as spectators screamed and streamers danced from the ceiling. “We are competitors. We fight until the end. We left it all out there tonight.” …

Hayward scored 21 points — matching center Derrick Favors’ offensive output — but none of his seven buckets will be remembered as much as the one that improved Utah to 2-3 while knocking the struggling Cavs down another notch to 1-3.

Jazz and Enes Kanter fail to reach extension agreement

It’s always tough when a rebuilding team has to make a big decision on exactly how much of their future to tie up on any given player. That’s the situation with the Utah Jazz and center Enes Kanter, who is talented and has a bright future but isn’t a sure thing to emerge as a serious star. He may. But may not. And for the Jazz, it’s scary to take a huge leap of faith. So the team sides have reportedly failed to come up with an agreement that makes both sides happy. Here’s the Deseret News reporting:

No Jazz, Enes Kanter extension expected

Enes Kanter will enter the free-agency market next summer.

The fourth-year big man and the Utah Jazz could not come to an agreement on a contract extension and mutually agreed to call off negotiations ahead of Friday’s deadline, the Deseret News has confirmed.

Like Hayward this past summer, the 22-year-old Kanter will be a restricted free agent next offseason. Hayward ended up signing a four-year, $63 million deal with Utah after signing an offer sheet with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets.

“It’s a long process,” Kanter said. “I’m letting my agent handle this stuff. I’m just going to wait and see what’s going to happen.”

Utah Jazz add Jordan Hamilton and Joe Ingles off waivers

Utah Jazz add Jordan Hamilton and Joe Ingles off waivers

The Utah Jazz have claimed fourth-year forward/guard Jordan Hamilton and rookie forward Joe Ingles off waivers.

The move gives the Jazz extra depth off the bench.

The 24-year-old Hamilton (6-7, 220, Texas) was waived by the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 25 after appearing in six preseason games with the Raptors, averaging 9.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. He was signed by the Raptors on Aug. 18.

Hamilton has appeared in 126 career NBA games (15 starts) over three seasons with Denver and Houston, averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes while shooting .358 (114-318) from three-point range. He started the 2013-14 season with Denver before being traded to Houston on February 20 in exchange for Aaron Brooks. For the season, he appeared in 60 games (12 starts) and averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.0 minutes, scoring in double figures 20 times. He was originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (26th overall selection) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

A Los Angeles native, Hamilton played two seasons at the University of Texas (2009-11) and led the Longhorns in scoring (18.6) and ranked second in rebounding (7.7) and minutes played (32.2) during his sophomore campaign. He was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team.

Ingles (6-8, 216, Australia) was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 25 after playing 37 minutes in five preseason games (one start) and totaling six points, five rebounds and five assists. He was originally signed by the Clippers on Sept. 22.

Ingles, 27, played for the Australian National Team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 assists. Ingles spent the 2013-14 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League, where he played for current Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and helped Maccabi to win the Euroleague Championship. Ingles played three seasons for FC Barcelona (2010-13) of the Liga ACB, and played for Australia in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A native of Australia, Ingles started his professional career with the South Dragons of the National Basketball League (NBL), where he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. He played for the Dragons for three seasons, earning All-NBL Third Team in 2009 as the team captured the NBL Championship. He spent the 2009-10 season with CB Granada in Spain averaging 11.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 34 games. Ingles has also participated in the NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors in 2009 and 2010.

With these additions, Utah’s roster is now 15 players.

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