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April 6, 2015 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled forward Grant Jerrett from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team. Jerrett was assigned to the Stampede on March 26 and their season concluded on April 4. NBA.com

April 4, 2015 Updates

While the major statistical categories are about the same, it’s also worth noting that Burke has limited his turnovers and fouls and that, at times, he seems more in control on the court. He’s the first person to admit that he’s still learning, but he’s optimistic about the progress he’s making since, again, he’s still so young. “I’m much more comfortable,” Burke told Basketball Insiders. “I’m starting to understand the very small things that will help me get to where I want to be in my career. There are some things you don’t understand until you actually experience a year or two in the NBA. One of the main things was the schedule. Going from 30 games to 82 games is a big adjustment for really anyone who’s coming from college to the NBA. That’s something that I’ve definitely learned to cope with.” Basketball Insiders

One topic that has recently been brought up is what should the Jazz do with the lottery pick that they’ll have in the 2015 NBA Draft? As previously stated, they already have so much young talent, so should they try to trade it for a veteran contributor? Or should they use the pick and add another piece to their core? “If I had to make the call, I would probably go best available,” Burke said regarding Utah’s draft pick. “You always want good talent to be a part of your team. [I’d try to take] a guy who loves to compete and at the same time is very talented. That’s probably what I would do.” Basketball Insiders

April 3, 2015 Updates

Josh Pace '05, a key member of Syracuse's 2003 NCAA Championship squad, has decided to retire from professional basketball at the conclusion of the current American Basketball Association (ABA) season. A 6-5 guard-forward, Pace has played professionally all around the world since earning his undergraduate degree from Syracuse in 2005. Pace was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but did earn an invitation to play in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz. He did not earn an NBA contract but it 2006 signed with the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL). He averaged 19.1 points and 6.6 rebounds and was named an NBL All-Star. The following season, Pace was named the league's MVP after helping the Giants to the NBL championship. Syracuse University Athletics

Alex Kennedy: I asked @Trey Burke if he thinks Utah makes playoffs next year. With no hesitation, he said: "West is brutal but we definitely think we can." Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

April 2, 2015 Updates

Among league insiders, the Orlando Magic are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Utah Jazz. Both are unglamorous teams in the middle of multiyear rebuilds, centered around piles of draft picks and young players that haven’t yet yielded a foundational superstar. The Jazz, however, got a head start by leveraging the desperation of the New York teams and snagging picks that became Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, both borderline All-Stars now. Then, in 2013, Utah nailed the draft by nabbing “the Stifle Tower,” Rudy Gobert, at no. 27. Grantland

March 31, 2015 Updates

On the final day of transfers, Kanter moved from his former team, the Utah Jazz, to his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. “One of the things I first noticed about OKC Thunder is its professionalism. It is a sense of professionalism that encompasses everything, from the way the team is led to the way the system in general runs,” he said. “You could say I have really found a very comfortable atmosphere here. This team also really has a more successful cadre than what we had on the Jazz. It is a situation that not only makes playing more satisfying, but also allows you to think about building a more successful career. Of course, what we have before us on the horizon is the target of a NBA championship. I don't know if that will happen this year. We have a team that has the potential to do this. Let's just say ‘Inşallah'.” Today's Zaman

March 29, 2015 Updates

Kanter appeared to be walking away from the media earlier at the team’s shootaround, before being corralled by someone from the Thunder staff, just outside the locker room. Then he basically dissed the Jazz and its organization. “The difference is I like playing basketball there, that’s the most important thing,’’ he said. “I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. That’s the first time I felt like playing basketball for my team, for the fans, for my teammates, for coaches — everybody.’’ Deseret News

“Almost everything was a frustration,’’ he said. “It wasn’t just a one or two-game frustration it was a three-and-a-half-year frustration.‘’ “It wasn’t just basketball stuff,’’ he continued. “It was (the) professionalism. After seeing OKC, I was like ‘This is how NBA teams are.’ It was like you’re in a dream and you don’t want to open your eyes you don’t want to end that dream. Oklahoma City has been like that for me.’’ Deseret News

Kanter wasn’t totally negative in his comments, saying he still “respects” the coaches and players in Utah, that he still has some friends here and that “I’m really happy for both sides,’’ after the trade. But he didn’t shy away from saying how much better things are for him in Oklahoma City. “I love it,’’ he said. “It’s something I never experienced before and I actually love playing basketball there and am so comfortable. Everything — the fans, the coaches the team . . . it is amazing. Everything fell into place and I never felt anything like that before. It’s just so different.’’ Deseret News

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