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Jody Genessy: The Jazz reached out to restricted free agent Joe Ingles and let him know of their interest, according to a source.
Eric Pincus: The Utah Jazz have given Joe Ingles a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent @BBallInsiders
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz will extend G/F Joe Ingles a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned
Jody Genessy: Can confirm the Jazz have extended a qualifying offer to Joe Ingles. That makes him a restricted free agent. @Tony Jones first reported.
Ingles is eligible to sign a $1.5 million qualifying offer for next season. “Obviously both sides are pretty mutually interested in coming back,” he said Thursday in his adorable Aussie accent. “I had a great conversation with (head coach) Quin (Snyder) and the staff, so we’ll obviously see what happens. I think everyone knows I’m free, so we’ll see what happens. But there’s definitely mutual interest.”
When asked if the chemistry improved after the All-Star break, Derrick Favors said, “I think it was bound to happen either way. We practiced and got better on the defensive end.’’ Then there was Joe Ingles, whose locker was next to Kanter’s. “Enes was a good guy,’’ he said. “We had no issue with him in the locker room or on the court.’’
Having won a title, Ingles understood it enough to “want a crack” at the NBA. The Clippers were interested — and signed him to a nonguaranteed contract before the start of the season. He was cut. Within 48 hours, the Jazz were on the line, inviting him to Salt Lake. He came, not knowing what the experience would be like and … “Well,” he says, “I’m still here.”
It’s as though the Jazz brought Ingles in to help Exum, and then they discovered he could help them in other ways. He’s finishing a one-year deal and will be a free agent this offseason. Dennis Lindsey recently was complimentary of Ingles, saying: “He’s exceeded our expectations as a teammate and a competitor. He’s an NBA player. He’s proved that this year. Hopefully, his experience has been good enough that he’ll consider us when the time comes.”
Jody Genessy: You know who’s going to be sad about Steve Novak leaving? Joe Ingles. They’d become good friends and were hilarious in the locker room.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are starting to get healthy. Have been told Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood are both getting close to return.
As for the direction Australia’s basketball program is headed, Ingles says it’s looking even stronger with the incoming talent that will be coming in the future. “It’s getting stronger and stronger,” said Ingles. “We’ve got young guys playing over here (pointed to Exum at his locker) and then we have younger guys coming through in the next couple of years and what we’ve already got. I think this is the most (Australians) we have playing over here, which I think is seven guys playing over here. To add a few young guys to that who are already playing with Australia in Europe, it’s some exciting times for us.”
When told of how back in November Baynes’ Spurs teammates joked about him being held out of practices in fear he would injure them, Ingles laughed and agreed Baynes is a strong player, but only because he’s trying to do his best. “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Ingles of Baynes being withheld from practices. “Yeah, there’s a few. He’s an aggressive guy. He obviously doesn’t do it on purpose, but the way he plays, he goes so hard, that sometimes he loses control of his body a little bit. It’s more him just going hard and trying to do the best he can, than actually trying to hurt somebody.”
“I like him,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Monday’s 107-101 win over Ingles and his new team. “We were definitely trying to find ways to keep him. I think he’s going to be a good player.” The problem for Ingles was that the Clippers had an overfull roster and had to make a hard decision before final rosters were due to the NBA office with between 13-15 players. Rivers believes the Australian small forward “would’ve found his way on the floor with us” if L.A. could’ve held on to the 27-year-old. “I just think a guy that knows how to play when you put him on a good team, he can be really good,” Rivers continued. “And he’s a great guy that you want on your team.”
Jody Genessy: Clips coach Doc Rivers said LA wanted to re-sign Joe Ingles after waiving him. They were bummed Utah got him. “We took the gamble and lost.”
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has claimed fourth-year forward/guard Jordan Hamilton and rookie forward Joe Ingles off waivers. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the moves, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Utah Jazz claimed forwards Jordan Hamilton and Joe Ingles off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Forward Joe Ingles, who is trying to make this Clippers team, is from Australia and he speaks with a heavy accent. Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday was asked if he sometimes has difficulty making out what Ingles says. Rivers had some fun with his reply. “There are times because, it’s English, I think, right?” Doc Rivers said, drawing laughs from reporters at the team’s training headquarters in Playa Vista. “But it’s English spoken from Australia. So, yeah, there is clearly things … and I guarantee you, there are things I say that he doesn’t understand. It’s a two-way street. And I would think that would be to his advantage. If he doesn’t understand everything I say, it would probably make him a better person, for sure.”