NBA action will return to Salt Lake City this summer with the 2016 Utah Jazz Summer League, presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried & Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission, the team announced today. The Jazz will host the event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on July 4 and 5, before games shift to the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center on July 7. In addition to the Jazz, the six-game, four-team event will also feature the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs for the second straight season.
Even more so, Snyder was disheartened at how the Jazz finished a season that was so full of promise. “I hope that the end of this last game doesn’t entirely remove something that I think this group accomplished, which was just competing all the time,” Snyder said outside of the visitors locker room after Utah’s 101-96 loss in which Bryant scored 13 of the final 15 points in a wildly celebratory Staples Center. “It’s unfortunate that the season ended on this note,” he added, “but this is a group that constantly scratched and clawed and battled in spite of a lot of adversity.”
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At Thursday’s season-ending press conference, general manager Dennis Lindsey revealed that the Jazz did come close to making a deal at the February trade deadline. “We had two particular deals proposed to us that we said yes to,” he said. “They were more short-term-oriented and I was willing to give up a first-round pick, multiple picks, a very significant salary slot because we had built that into the equation. “But for whatever reason, we weren’t able to consummate it. I’ve got to go through all those postmortems and see if there was something else that would have allowed us to augment the team where we knew it needed to be augmented.”