Although this is typically the expectation with former first-round picks — obviously, Donovan Mitchell‘s option will be picked up as well — Bradley getting a fourth year hasn’t always been a forgone conclusion.
it hasn't? Has their been an option they didn't pick up? Certainly been some they shouldn't have starting with Burke and Exum
Standing at 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and a best-in-class standing reach approaching 9-foot-5, he boasts an elite-level frame. He’s quick and agile, too — Bradley’s reactive shuttle run time of 2.99 seconds actually bested Mitchell’s 3.07-second mark at the draft combine.
got longer and taller in his first year too!
And when he’s suited up for the G-League’s Salt Lake City Stars, he has usually been in a class all his own.
One of the NBA’s best young big men might be on the move. With Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers far apart in discussions about a possible contract extension, and with a deal looking unlikely as the Monday night deadline looms, sources say the Pacers have engaged in active trade talks with several teams this week about the fourth-year forward. – via Sam Amick @ The Athletic
There is no lack of interest in Sabonis, who averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season as the Pacers — who lost Oladipo to a season-ending ruptured quad injury in a game against Toronto on Jan. 23 — pulled off such a surprising campaign (48-34; lost in the first round to Boston). Thus far, sources say the Pacers’ asking price in talks with several teams has been too high. – via Sam Amick @ The Athletic
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on Donovan Mitchell: “I feel like he came out this year with a defensive mindset. Obviously, he still wants to score, but he really wants to put his mind to defense.” pic.twitter.com/IJDTggsFpo – via Twitter tribjazz
The Jazz have waived center Isaac Haas and guard Mike Scott from their roster, per NBA.com’s official log of transactions. The two players signed Exhibit 10 contracts on Thursday in procedural moves designed to get them some extra G League money. – via Hoops Rumors
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has agreed to a long-term contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. Snyder had two years left on his deal, and a new contract extends multiple years beyond that term, sources said. – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN
This is the second time in three years that the Jazz have extended Snyder with two years left on his deal, including in 2016 before a developing young roster had allowed him to have his first winning season. – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN
Bobby Marks: Memphis will have a $12.5M cap hit on Miles Plumlee and $392K for Ivan Rabb. Since the Rabb contract becomes guaranteed on Oct. 19, any team claiming the former second-round pick would inherit his $1.6M guaranteed contract. – via Twitter BobbyMarks42
He's been better than Bradley at the NBA and Gleague level. A year older.
Along with two-way players Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman, the aforementioned players will likely form the Stars’ core for next season. If Frenchman William Howard loses out to Stanton Kidd in his battle for Utah’s 15th roster spot, he could end up with the Stars as well.
Per The Salt Lake Tribune’s Andy Larsen, Kidd’s deal precludes him from playing for the Stars this season.
The Utah Jazz and head coach Quin Snyder have agreed to a contract extension, ensuring one of the league’s top coaches will be in Utah for years to come. – via Aaron Falk @ NBA.com
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Quin and appreciate the collaboration and innovation he’s brought to our franchise,” said Steve Starks, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. ”He is one of the most respected coaches in the NBA and we are excited to solidify his leadership of the Jazz for years to come. Quin has helped create and lead a special team culture on and off the court. His focus on our players’ development and the day-to-day environment that he and his coaches have put in place is an excellent foundation.” – via Aaron Falk @ NBA.com
“I am thankful that Quin will continue to be our head for the long-term,” said Greg Miller, NBA Governor for the Utah Jazz. “He is a cornerstone of our success. His work ethic, creativity and ability to orchestrate team chemistry are just a few of the things that make him so valuable to our franchise. I look forward to continued improvement as we work to bring a championship to Utah.” – via Aaron Falk @ NBA.com
Bobby Marks: Alfonzo McKinnie has hit the waiver wire and is now eligible to be claimed up until 5PM on Monday. McKinnie has a $1.58M non-guaranteed contract with no trigger dates. – via Twitter BobbyMarks42
The marriage, if you will, between Conley and the Jazz is an interesting one from a style perspective. While Utah has played at a faster pace in recent years, it still hangs its hat on ball movement in the halfcourt more than transition opportunities to create offense. Conley is used to that, as he’s spent his whole career until now with a Grizzlies team that typically played at a very slow pace.
That being said, it’s Conley’s ability to help give more life to a Jazz offense that often went stagnant in the past that’s a big reason Utah acquired him.
I thought it was because like Hill and unlike Rubio he actually fits?
“It’s not an adjustment at all, actually,” he said. “I really almost prefer it, just having multiple ballhandlers. Just because I’m a point guard doesn’t mean I have to bring it up every time or initiate offense. I’m a basketball player. I know how to play off the ball, I know how to cut, set screens, and that’s why I’m here, just to be a part of the system that helps create a lot of opportunities with guys that think that same way, so I’m good playing off the ball.”
sounds just like Ricky eh?
Mitchell said the biggest thing he is already learning from his new backcourt mate is how to have more patience on the floor.
Larry H. Miller: “You know this guy!” A self-made, highly driven, larger-than-life personality known for exceptional business savvy as well as his emotional nature.
yeah the cheapskate!
While he could be self-deprecating, he was also a man of determination who wanted to build a competitive team that would contend for the NBA title. When he bought the Jazz from Sam Battistone in 1979, the team had little history of competitive or financial success. But over the next few seasons, Miller changed the culture and trajectory of the franchise by hiring Frank Layden, then bringing on future Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan and selecting future Dream Teamers and fellow Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone in successive drafts (1984 and 1985, respectively).
Miller became co owner with Battisone in 85. At least do some research. Stockton was drafted in 84 and Malone the next year. Frank was there long before. The culture had already been changed but like Sloan getting the credit for Stockton and Malone why not give the cheapskate the credit for things he had nothing to do with
Sloan took over as head coach where he remained for 23 seasons. During his two decade-plus run, the Jazz would have only one losing campaign and miss the playoffs just four times. His teams won seven division titles and made two memorable NBA Finals appearances as Western Conference champions.
Nice to have HOFers and stars!
Stockton, Malone and now Gobert. You can have the others as far as I'm concerned
The headline of an Aug. 5 piece by FiveThirtyEight NBA reporter Chris Herring, for example, reads, “The Jazz got a much-needed overhaul. But will it be enough?” and in the piece, Herring explores the potential tradeoff Utah was making by improving its offense while likely making its uniquely good defense worse (something that was borne out during the preseason).
I think the D could be better because of the better offense turning it over less and making more shots. Less transition piunts for opponents. More Royce as well and no Matador! And even if the D gets worse the offense gets better. They will be better no doubt
On the flip side, The Athletic’s John Hollinger, who recently returned to his writing career after seven years in the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office (he wrote for ESPN before that), is rather skeptical of Utah. In a piece previewing the Northwest Division, he wrote that the Jazz may have focused too much on fit over talent with their offseason moves, and he noted that there’s little in the way of NBA experience at the end of the bench.
They got fit and better talent. The end of the bench/rotation is certainly a concern