In the past, I know Coach Quin Snyder has told you that he wanted to get you the ball more and now there are even more touches up for grabs. Have you two talked about the bigger role you’ll likely have offensively, and are you excited for that opportunity? Rudy Gobert: Yeah, we’ve talked about it a little bit. That’s just the way it goes; I’ve gotten better every year and my role offensively has increased every year. I’m going to make another step forward this year. I’m not a guy who was taking a lot [of touches] away offensively; I was getting my teammates open, getting them good looks, and then finishing at the rim. Now, I know I’ll probably be able to show even more.
Once it became apparent that Rudy Gobert was indispensable, the Jazz re-signed the big man to a $102 million deal in 2016. And, according to previous reports, the Jazz were willing to pay Gordon Hayward up to $177 million if he chose to stay in Salt Lake City, which could in turn increase Hood’s chances of becoming the next player in Utah to get a substantial raise. The loss of Hayward creates room for Hood to prove himself to Utah’s brass, further cementing himself as one of the team’s core pieces. Hayward led the team in shots per game with 15.8 and George Hill was second at 12.4. Someone has to fill the scoring void, and it likely won’t be any of the players the Jazz signed this offseason.
The Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena announced today an agreement with Ticketmaster, the global market leader in ticketing, to become the new ticketing provider for Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz and a premier sports and entertainment venue in the Intermountain West located in downtown Salt Lake City. The sale of Utah Jazz single-game tickets will begin on Monday, Oct. 2 with the Ticketmaster platform through Ticketmaster.com, the new Utah Jazz mobile app, the Ticketmaster mobile app, the Utah Jazz website or by phone at (801) 355-SEAT.