Itís almost a done deal and itís a big win for European basketball. Andrei Kirilenko, the marquee superstar of last seasonís Euroleague, according to sources from Moscow has already decided to stay at least one more year at CSKA. EuroHoops.net
Kirilenko can use the NBA opt out clause in his three year contract until the 12th of July, but he seems to have already made up his mind. He wants to stay at Moscow and win the Euroleague title Ė he missed it by just one point in the thrilling final against Olympiacos Ė he likes the competition spirit in the old continent, where every game is a must win situation for him, and of course he enjoyed his stay with his family in his home country. EuroHoops.net
David Locke: Andrei Kirilenko's opt out of Euroleague contract must be used by July 12th - all signs are pointing toward another year in Europe. Twitter
While I don't think the Jazz need him right now I wish he was coming back to the NBA.
The Magic are expected to interview Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek and Phoenix Suns player development coach Lindsey Hunter soon. Hornacek's candidacy was reported first by The Salt Lake Tribune. Hunter's previously was reported by WKMG. Orlando Sentinel
Steve Luhm: Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek has emerged as a candidate for the head coaching job in Orlando, the Tribune has learned. More to come. Twitter
Brian T. Smith: #UtahJazz assistant Jeff Hornacek on Orlando Magic's interest in him for team's head coaching position: "If that's the case, then while I'm in Orlando and they want to talk to me, that'd be great." Twitter
Don't seem like very realistic trades but could be interesting. Doubt CJ is going to get the kind of money to make these deals work and Richardson it sounds like will go in the Howard bonanza. Rip could be a great fit if he can stay healthy and still has anything left in the tank though.
Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor declined comment when asked about Raja Bell's pending buyout. O'Connor said Utah continues to explore its options during free agency. The Jazz are open to sign-and-trade possibilities, but O'Connor said they're always easier said than done. He also didn't rule out Utah re-signing unrestricted free agents C.J. Miles and/or Josh Howard.
Jazz guard Earl Watson watched the game from the bench. Watson said he began jogging Wednesday, plans to resume basketball activities in August, and hopes to be at 100-percent health for the start of training camp.
Brewer might make more sense if they get rid of Jefferson in the paint. He did his work around the basket and made a lot of sense when Okur was planted on the 3 point line. Hayward, Marvin, Brewer and Demarre on the wing would be nice defensively.
Evan Dunlap: All-Summer-League 1st team: Alec Burks, Lance Stephenson, Austin Daye, Andrew Nicholson, Miles Plumlee Twitter
Pretty good considering his first and last games kind of sucked. They were talking like he was the best player there. Should have been one of the best. A couple rookie big men making it over Kanter though. Kendall Gill mentioned Stockton as one of the guys that stood out because of his D. All defensive team he said. I think he said best defensive guard. I think they should be looking to get him. I'm sure his buyout from a second division German squad is minimal. Not like dad couldn't foot the bill anyway.