The Jazz are 17-24 at the halfway point and clawing to …

The Jazz are 17-24 at the halfway point and clawing to keep ahold of 10th place in the Western Conference. It’s not a sunk season yet, but it also isn’t necessarily the season the Jazz have hoped for, either. After reaching the second round of the playoffs last season, the franchise still had aspirations of being a winning team despite losing Gordon Hayward. Those ambitions were constructed in large part around Rudy Gobert’s defensive abilities. But his injuries so far have created a specter of what could have been this season. “What we’re in the process of doing right now is kind of experiencing new things,” coach Quin Snyder said Wednesday night before the Jazz clinched a rare road win against the Wizards. “The injuries have exacerbated that because we’re experiencing new lineups.”
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Joe Vardon: Everyone wants to know if the Cavs would trade the pick, and there’s been much speculation that Cleveland would not, in fact, make a deal involving it. That’s not true, league sources have told me. The Cavs would consider trading it if the right player were available — a player who’s either elite or who has the potential to become elite and is signed for multiple years. That player may not be available. Paul George and the Thunder are getting it together. The Pelicans are playing better with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Cavs need a player who can dribble and shoot (sounds simple, but I’m serious), and after that, maybe a rim protector.
“Young Trey Burke was not all the way focused on basketball,’’ Burke said before the Knicks beat the Jazz 117-115. “Distractions going on in my life as a young player. “At the same time, I do feel I did a great job my rookie season. Second year, they drafted another point guard [Exum] — which kind of messed with my mind. It played with me a little bit. That’s where it went wrong. My rookie season the coach [Tyrone Corbin] gets fired. Going into the second year, it’s a whole new coaching staff to get used to. Sometimes it don’t work out.’’
Rockets guard Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players’ Association, would not share his position or the union’s on the idea of having the draft of All-Star teams to be made by captains Steph Curry and LeBron James public. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been opposed, despite the clamoring to have the selections Asked if he expressed his opinion, Paul said, “Yup.” Asked if he would share what he said, Paul said, “Nope.”
Storyline: All-Star Selections
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