Utah Jazz Rumors
Until then, Cooley will continue to work hard to keep earning a spot in the NBA. “I don’t think there will ever be a (time) when feel I like I’ve made it. There will never be a time when I’m content. I’ll always be working,” he said, pointing out how he’s continued working in Santa Barbara and Utah with Jazz coaches. “I’ll never be content. I know the alternative.”
Eventually, Cooley would like to combine his love of finances and hoops to become a financial advisor for guys in the NBA. “Mainly what I would like to do is help athletes invest money and avoid (bad financial) situations,” he said. “I know how hard all these athletes work, and to see how some of them don’t spend their money wisely just because they don’t have someone telling them (otherwise), I’d like to help them avoid that.” If they’re lucky, he’ll even help build a Girl Scout cookie allowance into their budget. Financial advisors who are born somewhere in Illinois at some point in April like to do things like that.
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.”