Utah Jazz Rumors
Jody Genessy: Dennis Lindsey said the Jazz have almost finalized their summer league roster. Training camp begins tomorrow, by the way.
Marc Stein: Amid all of Day 1’s free-agent madness, Utah quietly made a nice addition to its coaching staff with hiring of Igor Kokoskov, who opted …
The Utah Jazz announced today that Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOS-kov) was hired as assistant coach, joining Head Coach Quin Snyder’s staff. In addition, Andrae Patterson has been named as player personnel/player programs coordinator. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
Jody Genessy: The Jazz have signed a free-agent coach. Well-respected international coach Igor Kokoškov has joined Utah’s staff, according to a source.
Jody Genessy: The Jazz reached out to restricted free agent Joe Ingles and let him know of their interest, according to a source.
Tony Jones: As free agency opens, another NBA source repeats the Utah Jazz’ interest in having Raul Neto join the team next season
Tony Jones: Tibor Pleiss has significant interest overseas, which could give him leverage in negotiations with the Jazz, The Tribune has learned
The Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment announced today a partnership through the 2017-18 season with FanDuel, the leader in one-day fantasy sports. The fully integrated marketing agreement will prominently feature FanDuel at EnergySolutions Arena, Smith’s Ballpark and on The Zone Sports Network (1280 AM, 97.5 FM). “FanDuel provides another level of engagement for our fans, using technology to enhance their connection with the team,” said Miller Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Chris Baum. “This collaboration with an industry leader will provide more opportunities for followers of the Jazz and the NBA to experience the thrill of sports.”
Jake Fischer: Interesting: It’s officially called the Utah Jazz Summer League, not the Rocky Mountain Revue. Branding matters, y’all.
Jody Genessy: Jazz fans aren’t the only ones who are enticed by the Brazilian John Stockton. Utah’s front offices and coaches like Raul Neto, too.
Eric Pincus: The Utah Jazz have given Joe Ingles a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent @BBallInsiders
A few days before free agency, the Utah Jazz continue to look for ways to improve their team. Raul Neto could factor into this. The Jazz will have a conversation with Neto, the Brazilian point guard they drafted two years, to gauge his interest in playing in the NBA next season, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
Jody Genessy: A big, 7-foot-2 German — center Tibor Pleiss — arrived in Salt Lake City late Saturday night, an airport source informed me. 7-foot-2 center Tibor Pleiss is in town to discuss his future with the Jazz. The fact he’s here obviously shows there’s mutual interest. Interesting tidbit about Tibor Pleiss. He was among top Europeans in free-throw shooting (85%). He’s an excellent shooter and big finisher. Tibor Pleiss could play for the German national team this summer. Nice Jazz connection, considering Alex Jensen will help coach that team. Haven’t been told if Tibor Pleiss will play with the Jazz in summer league, but he’s here so they might as well put him to work.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz are expected to make a significant attempt to bring big man Tibor Pleiss to the team next season, the SL Tribune has learned
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.
The NBA’s free agency period begins this week, and the Utah Jazz front office will hit the phones hard as soon as it begins Tuesday night at 10:01 p.m. (July 1 back East). “I don’t want to build up expectations and under-deliver, but we’ll have those conversations very aggressively,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. “We feel like we have a unique city and organization to sell with some really good players.”
Jody Genessy: The Jazz have until July 15 to make a decision on the second year of Trevor Booker’s contract. He’s guaranteed $250,000 if they part ways.
National team coach Ergin Ataman said Kanter was left out of the 20-man initial squad because “he did not apologize” for incidents in the past, while the 23-year-old player, an open supporter of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, claimed the decision was based on his political views. “I wish that the decision and statement on this subject had been a professional one that suited the national team,” Kanter wrote on his Twitter account late on June 23 after the squad was announced. “The reasons presented do not reflect the truth, the reason I was not included in the squad is the values I believe in and my political stance,” he added.
Coach Ataman said the decision was not political. “I wanted to have a close relationship with Enes since I took over the job last year, but could not get any response,” he said after announcing the squad, which includes NBA players Ersan Ilyasova, Ömer Asik and Furkan Aldemir. “He still has not apologized to his teammates for past incidents, but he may be a part of the squad in the future,” Ataman added.
Aaron Falk: Dennis Lindsey wouldn’t confirm the price of moving up like Boston, but said he was tempted to trade out at times: “There were a couple moments when I was vulnerable. I didn’t want to sit up in a press conference with no players next to me and explain future assets and you guys say, ‘Here he goes again.'”