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April 5, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has claimed rookie forward Erik Murphy off waivers from Chicago. In a related move, the Jazz requested waivers on center Andris Biedrins. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the moves, the Jazz roster remains at 15 players. The 23-year-old Murphy (6-10, 230, Florida) was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest. He was selected by Chicago in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. NBA.com

The Utah Jazz claimed forward Erik Murphy on waivers Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Chicago Bulls released Murphy on Thursday, choosing to use his roster spot for a perimeter player to bolster the Bulls for a playoff run. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Utah Jazz have claimed rookie Erik Murphy off waivers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Chicago released him on Thursday. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

April 4, 2014 Updates
March 30, 2014 Updates

In a 2013-14 campaign filled with disappointment, the 24-year-old says he’s pushed his summertime uncertainty to the back of his mind. But summer is coming. "I think we all realize how close it is," Hayward says. "And that’s something we’re trying to keep out of our minds. We’re just trying to take it game by game. We all have a lot to prove. We have a lot of improving to do. We can’t look to the summer yet, but we realize how close it is." In July, the Jazz will reopen negotiations with Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, hoping to reach the agreement that eluded them last fall. And one way or another, Hayward and the Jazz will begin a new chapter. Salt Lake Tribune

March 29, 2014 Updates
March 28, 2014 Updates

At the right price, his skill set and demeanor could make him an intriguing option for the rebuilding Jazz. According to one ESPN report earlier this year, the Utah front office turned down a deadline deal that would have sent a first-round pick to the Jazz in exchange for Williams, the hope being that Williams might re-sign. "I think it would be great," Corbin said of Williams’ possible return next season. "Who knows what will happen, but he’s a great guy to have on the squad." Salt Lake Tribune

Marvin has had no talks with management about his future. But at 27, he sees himself as a potential piece in an eventual winner. "I’ve enjoyed my time here from Day 1," he said. "Obviously, we won a lot more last year, being an older ball club. This year, even though we haven’t won as many games as we’ve wanted to, it’s been fun. We’ve taken our lumps, but that’s part of the growing process. And I’ve said it before — I do believe this team will be really good in the future." Salt Lake Tribune

March 26, 2014 Updates

Jeremy Evans’ first big art unveiling came two years ago in the slam dunk contest, when the Utah Jazz forward jumped over a portrait of himself slam dunking a basketball. Now the part-time artist is hoping to put a few more pieces on display. "I’m working on it," Evans said this week. "I talked to one of the guys over at the arena maybe two or three days ago. Talking about getting an exhibit up just so I can show some. Hopefully before the end of the season if they’re able to work it out." Salt Lake Tribune

March 25, 2014 Updates

Saturday's win over the Magic gave the Jazz their 23rd victory of the season and kept them tied for the league's fourth-worst record. Some fans, though, would prefer to see Utah tank in hopes of bettering the team's draft position. Utah's point guard was not amused by the crowd's reaction. "I think that's just selfish for a fan," Burke said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "We play hard, practice hard every single day. Why would we go out there and try to lose? I just think wherever we do land in the lottery, that will be great for us. But to try to tank games and lose games is just absurd." ESPN.com

March 24, 2014 Updates
March 21, 2014 Updates

Back in 2004, the Vegas Summer League was formed and its growth eventually led to the demise of the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz, which had supported the summer league event in its city, vowed not to participate in Las Vegas. But the Jazz, which has had a connection to Las Vegas going back to the mid-1980s when it played some of its home games at the Thomas & Mack Center, has had an apparent change of heart. It will field a team for the first time when the NBA Summer League tips off its 11-day run July 11 at the Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavilion for what will be its 10th anniversary season of competition. Utah had been competing in the Orlando Summer League. “Las Vegas has always supported the Jazz and it was clearly a consensus among my staff that Utah needed to be included,” said Warren LeGarie, the founder of the summer league and who helps run the event for the NBA. “I think it was just a matter of being persistent and persistency won out. Las Vegas Review Journal

One of the most vicious hits in Pistons history didn’t come from the Bad Boys. It came from Jazz forward Karl Malone, who elbowed Isiah Thomas in the face during a 1991 game in Salt Lake City. And two decades later, Thomas remains bitter. “I think it was the dirtiest play I have experienced in the game of basketball in my life,” Thomas said of the play, which happened on a Pistons pick-and-roll with Malone rotating to cover the middle. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything as vicious and as intentional to a player. I still don’t understand it.” Thomas needed 47 stitches. His head swelled up, and even though he returned to play seven minutes, he was hospitalized and missed two games. “My head; it was just ugly,” Thomas said. “When I got home my wife started crying. There was so much swelling on my head.” Detroit News

March 18, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz were mere seconds away from losing their 46th game of the season 124-86 to the Houston Rockets on Monday night when John Lucas decided on a penultimate embarrassment for his team. Lucas stole the ball from the Rockets, who were letting the final five seconds of the clock run out, and went to score a basket. Why? Because then the Jazz would only have lost by 36. Except Utah didn’t score the layup. So as time expired, Lucas decided to push the Rockets’ Francisco Garcia and then challenge him to fisticuffs with a limp right jab that didn’t come near anyone. For The Win

March 14, 2014 Updates

Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams won’t play tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers as the team awaits the results of an MRI on his lower back. Williams’ exam was originally slated for Thursday but was pushed back until Friday morning. With the results still pending, Jazz coach Ty Corbin said he would not risk playing the veteran forward. Salt Lake Tribune

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Karl Malone and John Stockton are followed by a player whose jersey was just recently retired by the Jazz and another one that gets booed when he returns to Salt Lake City.

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