HoopsHype Brandon Rush rumors

March 16, 2014 Updates
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Or, reasonably priced at $4 million this season, Rush could become one of the team’s best trade assets in the run up to the Feb. 20 deadline. A resurgence would certainly be beneficial to Rush, who is in the final year of his contract, though he says it’s not an issue he’s concerned about. "I don’t think about that at all," he said. "I just think about getting better every game, trying to help the team win and things will go from there. Two-thousand-fourteen will be a good year for me." Salt Lake Tribune

January 6, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2013 Updates

Rush and Corbin met Wednesday morning before the team’s game in Sacramento to talk about Rush’s frustrations. "I had a good talk with Coach," the shooting guard said. "He let me know what the deal was." Corbin’s message: "I just wanted him to play, play relaxed and play without apprehension." Rush saw time again against the Kings and rewarded his coach by knocking down three of his four attempts from three, grabbing two rebounds, dishing two assists and coming up with a pair of blocks. Salt Lake Tribune

December 12, 2013 Updates

Brandon Rush’s comeback from a knee injury that ended his season almost as soon as it got going last year has been complicated. After making his return against the Brooklyn Nets in early November, Rush put himself back on the bench for nearly a month because he said he was not mentally ready to play. He played again in games last week against Indiana and Portland but soon found himself out Utah coach Ty Corbin’s rotation. "It’s been really frustrating because I’ve worked hard," Rush said. "I wanted to be able to get some minutes and help the team out." Salt Lake Tribune

December 2, 2013 Updates

Most guys didn’t pay attention to us, which was perfectly fine. My kids were there to be at work with dad, not to hobnob (not that they know what hobnob means). When new Jazz players John Lucas III and Brandon Rush came out of the locker room, they saw us and walked straight to my rowdy bunch. Both NBA pros offered me a warm “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting. They then took a moment with my kids. Rush kindly told them “hi” and shook their hands. Jody Genessy

Lucas also grasped each child’s hand, learned their names and asked what their favorite pie was. Ethan, 9, and Sydney, 7, both told him, “pumpkin.” Aidan let him know that “punkin pie” was this 4-year-old’s preferred Thanksgiving dessert. “Have you ever tried pumpkin cheesecake?” Lucas asked. “No,” they replied. “You should have your dad take you to the Cheesecake Factory and get some pumpkin cheesecake.” Jody Genessy

On Friday morning, I was in a hall near the EnergySolutions Arena court waiting to interview players after the Jazz’s morning pregame prep session (called a shootaround). I was chatting with team employees when Lucas left the arena. When he saw me standing there, the point guard smiled and said, “I’ve got something for your kids.” Lucas returned from the Jazz locker room with two styrofoam to-go containers, securely (and awesomely) wrapped in sticky white medical tape. He’d brought pumpkin cheesecake for my kids. I was genuinely stunned. And touched. Jody Genessy

November 29, 2013 Updates

On Wednesday, Brandon Rush helped serve mashed potatoes as the Utah Jazz fed about 4,000 meals to Utahns in need. On Thursday, the shooting guard practiced at full speed for the second day in a row. On Friday night, the 28-year-old hopes to return to the basketball court for his second comeback this season. “What I want to get done first,” Rush said, “is being able to wake up and not think about the game situation, not being nervous and stuff like that.” Deseret News

Rush, who had surgery on his right knee in college, is still trying to recover almost 13 months later, both physically and mentally. “The first time I did it when I was in college, it took me 5 1/2 months to get back. I wasn’t out of the game that long,” Rush explained. “This time, I had that route where I couldn’t have surgery for two months. It took a toll on the muscles in my quad. “This has just been complicated,” he added. “I have been out a whole complete year. That takes anybody’s confidence away.” Deseret News

November 12, 2013 Updates
November 5, 2013 Updates

Rush's greatest value to the team this season may in fact be as a trade chip. The 28-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after the season, and if he can show that he's back to his pre-injury form he's a player who figures to be highly coveted by contenders ESPN.com

A day after participating in a full practice, there is buzz on Tuesday that Utah swingman Brandon Rush could play in his first game since tearing his left ACL on Nov. 2, 2012. Looking at the big picture, whether Rush plays tonight or in some upcoming game may not matter a whole lot -- the Jazz will have a hard time winning regardless. ESPN.com

September 15, 2013 Updates
July 10, 2013 Updates

In the trade, the Jazz will receive veterans Biedrins, Jefferson and Rush from Golden State in addition to two future unprotected first-round picks (2014 and 2017) and two future second-round picks (2016 and 2017) from the Warriors, a future second-round pick from the Nuggets (2018), and cash considerations. As part of the deal, the Jazz re-signed free agent guard Randy Foye and traded him to Denver, and sent guard Kevin Murphy to Golden State. Golden State also receives guard Andre Iguodala from Denver (via a sign-and-trade agreement) while sending the Nuggets a future second-round pick (2018). NBA.com

July 9, 2013 Updates

The Warriors had planned to sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal as a free agent last week, sources told ESPN. Instead, the restructured deal will give Golden State more salary cap flexibility, deliver Denver a $9 million trade exception and help Utah build for the future with expiring contracts and draft picks. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because teams are not allowed to confirm moves until the new league year begins Wednesday, says the original Warriors-Jazz deal remains intact. The Warriors will clear more than $24 million by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Jazz along with the package of draft picks. All three players are in the last year of their contracts. Golden State is only taking back Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal from Utah. ESPN.com

July 5, 2013 Updates

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