Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward will not play with the team this week, but he will attend part of the summer league with the team in Florida — a good sign that he's taking management's suggestion that he seize a larger leadership role. He and Favors will participate in a Team USA minicamp later this month in Las Vegas.
Neither Favors (training) nor Kanter (rehab) are expected to be in Orlando this week.
Utah had 18 players on its summer roster as of Saturday, but Corbin said the number will be in flux due to injuries and other summer-league commitments.
it's quite possible that 7-foot-1 Gobert and his 7-foot-9 wingspan will challenge Biedrins and Evans for reserve action.
So far, Corbin has been impressed by Gobert's mobility, passing, shot-blocking and ability to close in the middle.
"He's fighting," the coach said.
Gobert is also learning.
Corbin chuckled while talking about how the Saint Quentin, France, native had to be reminded about NBA goaltending rules after he swatted the ball off the rim a couple of times earlier this week in Utah's mini-camp.
The Jazz are happy to have Gobert available to play. The 21-year-old had to work out a buyout with his French team and receive FIBA clearance before signing his contract with Utah (in the $1.08 million range).
Corbin said the Jazz want to help Burks (third year) and Evans (fourth season) become more "comfortable" in the system, continue to learn about their games and "let their games grow."
Shooting guard Brandon Rush was one of three Warriors — with Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson — to be traded to Utah on Friday. While Rush works back from ACL surgery and could be a go-to shooter for Utah, Burks is expected to get more chances than he's had so far in his career while averaging 16.9 minutes.
Burks and Evans probably won't play in every summer-league game, Corbin added.
At the request of the Jazz, Hall of Fame guard John Stockton reviewed video of point guards and provided his opinions on the prospects. Jerry Sloan, the former head coach who returned to the team as a consultant, spotted Gobert during pre-draft workouts and reported, “The big guy plays hard; you need to look at him.” O’Connor, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, might have pulled off the biggest behind-the-scenes contribution.
“Two hours before the draft, Kevin got us some key draft information that indicated we needed to trade up to get Burke or we wouldn’t have gotten him,” says Lindsey. “If we stayed at 14, he felt like we were not going to get Burke or the other pool players. Kevin nailed the intel because of his network. He said this is what’s going to happen, and that’s exactly what happened.”
Then there is owner Greg Miller and his family, whom Lindsey credits for drafting Gobert. “In several previous meetings we said that if we do move up or trade out we might want to use resources (read: money) to get back in,” says Lindsey. “We had that in our hip pocket that if we did move up they would cash in the second-round pick.”
The Jazz draft has been praised far and wide, and it did much to re-energize fans, who were growing hopeless and cynical, but Lindsey is quick to temper the enthusiasm. Time will tell if the draft was successful, and Lindsey urges patience for players, fans and coaches. He notes that Stockton waited three years to win a starting job, and Deron Williams had to wait half of his rookie year to crack the lineup. The Jazz have also been patient with Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
“We don’t want to skip steps,” says Lindsey.
Like their small-market brothers San Antonio and Oklahoma City, the Jazz build through the draft (at least partly because they can seldom if ever land big-name free agents). So when Lindsey talks about free agency, he uses the word “patience” frequently — as in “we’ll be very disciplined and patient with free agents. It’s an unhealthy market some times. You’re paying a premium for past production. We build through the draft and augment through free agency. Rookie (pay) scales are more favorable to the team than free agents.”
There is little chance the Jazz can land a marquee free agent or a ready-made team like the Heat and Lakers do annually, and Lindsey says as much, but offers this caveat: “You never know. We don’t want the Jazz or Salt Lake to feel defeatist, like we’re not worthy. We think we have a lot to offer. If you don’t want to come, it’s our job to figure out a way to beat you. We’ll always be pitching and making the compelling case.”
So the Jazz will wait to see how things shake out before they make a free-agent move. Two of the Jazz's unrestricted free agents, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, agreed to two-year deals with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
“You could be in the right range for a player financially, but you have to be very clear about their role and their playing time. They have to understand there are no promises.”
If it seems overwhelming for Lindsey to take over a team in such transition, with a long list of critical questions to answer, he doesn’t let on. This is what he was trained to do and he seems to embrace the challenge.
“It’s very busy, but fun work,” he says. “There’s a lot of opportunity here relative to our own free agents and a young baseline of talent. I feel like I’m lucky to inherit this situation. If we had draft picks coming due or low character on the bench or salary cap issues, it might be different. I’m the beneficiary of an organization that values continuity.”
So Stock said get Burke? Jerry liked Gobert. Eaton with actual skills? Tag that plays hard?
Pretty sure they knew they had to move to get Burke. The most disturbing rumor I heard is they were looking to move Kanter to get higher. Not sure anyone in the draft will be as good as Enes nor will everyone's darling Favors.
Greg paying the money to move back into the first round was definitely noted.
Stockton and Deron should have been starting right away. Deron started the season as the starter before Jerry benched him behind two stiffs. Jefferson should have been moved to play Favors and Kanter. Burks deserved to play as well and based on the recent trade he might get screwed again it looks like.
I'm guessing Demarre might have left because of his role after the trade. Maybe Paul was told he would come off the bench?
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As this summer’s best free agents began to disappear, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey executed a clever move — he folded. Out of reach were top free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. O.J. Mayo committed to Milwaukee, Tiago Splitter to San Antonio, Kevin Martin to Minnesota. Andre Iguodala went to Golden State.
Some nice names remained as free agents, but only from past lives: Chauncey Billups, Lamar Odom, Rip Hamilton.
So the Jazz opted for what lies behind Door No. 3, by setting their sights on the 2014 free-agent class. That could include Luol Deng, Paul George, Andrew Bogut, Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph and some other guys named Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo and Tim.
It appeared to be the plan all along. Not like they were going after the big names nor will they next year. The money will pay Favors and G.
Trey Burke was out of sorts for much of his professional debut, a 69-59 win over the Miami Heat at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
His shots were blocked, his bounce passes bounced off feet and, in what is the real killer for a 6-foot point guard, he looked slow.
The good news for the Jazz is that this is the Orlando Pro Summer League, where young players come to learn the NBA game. Burke, the No. 9 pick who the Jazz acquired in a draft-day trade, said he was jittery before the first game, but didn’t use that as a crutch for his 1-for-12 shooting performance.
"There’s no excuse for that," Burke said. "I think my shot will fall, that’s all about just staying confident in my shot, and I think I’ve got to feel comfortable."
Where Burke struggled shooting, he made up for it by being balanced: He tallied 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and just 2 turnovers.
He was matched against former Texas guard Myck Kabongo, who acknowledged the difference between college and the NBA game, even if it’s just summer league.
"Anytime you make that transition," said Kabongo, who finished with 3 points and was 0-for-4 from the field, "there’s going to be that jump. Everyone’s good at basketball, it’s no secret, you just got to compete."
The Jazz drafted Burke to be the fifth piece of their young core. The level of expectation on the Columbus, Ohio, native means every move will be scrutinized by a fan base desperate for success from the point guard. Burke had just one week to work with his new coaches and teammates at a minicamp in Orlando, but games like Sunday could lead to panic.
If there was a message from the Jazz contingent at Amway Center after the prized rookie’s first appearance, it was this: The new kid will be just fine.
"I think it’s good to get that first one out of the way," said Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward, who is with the team to observe but is not playing. "[He] didn’t shoot the ball extremely well. ... You can see when he’s out there, he’s calm, It didn’t seem like he got rattled too much, and that’s definitely a good sign."
In a rebuild, Burke will get every opportunity to assert himself as the point guard of the future. Sunday was a gentle reminder that getting to the future requires growing and that with growing comes pains.
An area where Burke looked NBA-ready on Sunday was working and communicating with his teammates. Burke, known for his leadership at the University of Michigan, spent much of the game coaching and advising roster hopefuls such as Rasid Mahalbasic and Dionte Christmas.
"We’ve actually seen that all week long," Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe said, "his communication with his teammates, getting guys in positions if someone makes a mistake, sort of talking to them, you know, let’s get back, get back on defense.
Christmas, a former star at Temple whose most recent experience was in the Italian League, led the Jazz with 14 points off the bench. Former Bradley University guard Chris Roberts added 11.
Jazz guard Alec Burks shot 4-for-6 and scored 10 points in 10 minutes before leaving the game with a mildly sprained left ankle. He is listed as day-to-day. Jazz forward Jeremy Evans scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
As a sophomore at Michigan, Burke shot 46.3 percent from the field, but poor shooting games weren’t uncommon for the 20-year-old. He was 1-for-8 in the Final Four against Syracuse, and 2-for-12 in an opening-round game against South Dakota State.
"It’s not all about scoring in my position," Burke said. "I have to be a leader out there, I have to be able to get guys going as well and just find ways to lead the team to victory. So I felt like I did a solid job of that today."
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