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Old 06-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #121
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The Charlotte Bobcats are looking to make a splash this summer and are open to trading their first-round pick in a package for an All-Star-caliber player. There are rumors the Heat will be looking to deal Chris Bosh, and the Bobcats, who are under the salary cap and could accept Bosh's near-maximum deal, could be a prime candidate.

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Bosh would make lots of sense for the Jazz. Mo, Millsap, Foye and Marvin(if he wasn't hurt) could all fit in Miami. Possibly Chalmers or Cole in the deal for the Jazz too.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:49 PM   #122
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Bill Oram: The Jazz will host a three-day free agent minicamp starting today. 24 players, including Travis Leslie (former 10-day signee), will attend.

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Bill Oram: 24 guys attending Jazz mini-camp. Brace yourselves: Dee Bost, Will Buford, Xavier Gibson, Drew Gordon, JaMychal Green, Rodney Green, Jorge Gutierrez, Marquez Haynes, Lazar Hayward, Cedric Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Rick Jackson, D.J. Kennedy, Travis Leslie, Rasid Mahalbasic, Toure Murry, Harouna Mutombo, Arinze Onuaku, Josh Owens, Chris Roberts, Henry Sims, Jermaine Taylor, Chris Wright and Luke Zeller.

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Old 06-12-2013, 01:11 AM   #123
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The Utah Jazz are throwing a wrinkle into their offseason player evaluation process.

The Jazz will work out 24 free agents — mostly from the D-League and international leagues — during a three-day minicamp that began Tuesday with physicals and will run through Thursday at Zions Bank Basketball Center.

Though there aren't any big names on the list of free agents, this is an unprecedented move for the Jazz, who have more than half of their 13-15-man roster to fill this offseason.

The Jazz will also hold another pre-draft workout between two free-agent sessions. Wednesday's tryout will feature likely lottery-bound Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, a 6-3, 200-pounder considered one of the top two playmakers in this draft along with Trey Burke.

Weber State guard Scott Bamforth (6-2, 190) will also work out for the Jazz with McCollum in this two-man evaluation.

The most recognizable names of participating free agents are former Jazz player Travis Leslie, who played briefly with Utah on a 10-day contract last spring; ex-Phoenix big man Luke Zeller, whose brother, Cody Zeller, recently worked out for the organization; and forward Lazar Hayward, who has been on NBA rosters with Oklahoma City and Minnesota.

The Spurs have held a similar free-agent minicamp when Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was employed by San Antonio. The Heat, Lakers, Hawks and 76eres have also brought in unheralded free agents hoping to catch an organization's eye.

The minicamp and pre-draft workout are closed to the public.

Here is the current roster for the Jazz's free agent minicamp:

Dee Bost, 6-2, 176 (Recent team: Buducnost, College: Mississippi St. 2012)

Will Buford, 6-6, 220 (Bluesens Monbus, Ohio State '12)

Xavier Gibson, 6-11, 229 (Panelefsinlakos, Florida State '12)

Drew Gordon, 6-9, 235 (Sanco di Sardania, New Mexico '12)

JaMychal Green, 6-8, 220 (Austin Toros, Alabama '12)

Rodney Green, 6-5, 205 (Novipiu Casale, LaSalle '10)

Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, 194 (Canton Charge, California '12)

Marquez Haynes, 6-3, 185 (Art Dragons-GER, Texas Arlington '10)

Lazar Hayward, 6-6, 225 (Los Angeles Defenders, Marquette '10)

Cedric Jackson, 6-3, 209 (Breakers-AUS, Cleveland State '09)

Edwin Jackson, 6-3, 201 (ASVEL)

Rick Jackson, 6-9, 235 (Austin Toros, Syracuse '12)

D.J. Kennedy, 6-6, 215 (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, St. John’s '11)

Travis Leslie, 6-4, 205 (Santa Cruz Warriors, Georgia '11)

Rasid Mahalbasic, 6-10, 220 (Asseco Prokom)

Toure Murry, 6-5, 200 (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wichita State '12)

Harouna Mutombo, 6-5, 200 (Peja-Kosovo, West Carolina '12)

Arinze Onuaku, 6-9, 255 (Canton Charge, Syracuse '10)

Josh Owens, 6-8, 245 (Idaho Stampede, Stanford '12)

Chris Roberts, 6-4, 205 (Austin Toros, Bradley '10)

Henry Sims, 6-10, 244 (Petron Blaze, Georgetown '12)

Jermaine Taylor, 6-4, 209 (Maine Red Claws, Central Florida '09)

Chris Wright, 6-8, 220 (Maine Red Claws, Dayton '11)

Luke Zeller, 6-11, 244 (Phoenix Suns, Notre Dame '09)

Good idea. There's some fringe NBA guys there. Help fill out the Summer League roster and maybe find some guys for fall and eventually the end of the roster possibly. Should have McNeal and Murphy competing with them too.

Interesting that they are getting McCollum in for a look. Along with Zeller they are all projected ahead of where the Jazz pick. Very unusual. The fact that the Jazz obviously have a big opening for a small guard and also an extra pick to move up I'm sure plays into that with CJ at least. Their agents might be the same or have a good relationship with the Jazz too? Looking more and more likely that the Jazz could move up.

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Old 06-12-2013, 01:15 AM   #124
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The Jazz will be working out four full-time PGs, 10 wing players, and 10 bigmen. Of this group, only seven have NBA experience (Travis Leslie, Jermaine Taylor, Lazar Hayward, D.J. Kennedy, Chris Wright, Henry Sims, and Luke Zeller). And of those guys, only three of them were even drafted. So -- these guys aren't guys you are going to build your franchise around. Still, they have their value. First of all, none of them are YOUNGER than our Cowabunga Four. So that's good. Many of them played over-seas and they will be, at the very least, training camp fodder.
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Bill Oram: Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is at Jazz practice facility for free agent mini-camp.

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It's possible Jeff Hornacek's replacement is helping the Utah Jazz at Zions Bank Basketball Center this week. Kenny Gattison, a former NBA player and coach, was invited to assist the Jazz with an ongoing free agent mini-camp, raising questions about his potential for ending up with the organization. Utah has had a vacant assistant coach position since Hornacek was hired as the Suns head coach two weeks ago, making Gattison's involvement with the Jazz all the more interesting.

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It still remains possible that Brad Jones could be promoted from his position as Jazz's director of player development to full-time assistant coach. That scenario played out last summer when Michael Sanders received a promotion from that position after then-assistant coach Scott Layden was hired as the Spurs' assistant general manager. That scenario played out last summer when Michael Sanders received a promotion from that position after then-assistant coach Scott Layden was hired as the Spurs' assistant general manager.

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It also wouldn't be a shock if Jazz video coordinator Jefferson Sweeney received a promotion into one of the player development coaching positions. Sweeney has worked in the background with the organization for the past 13 years, becoming an integral part of the team's scouting squad after originally starting as an EnergySolutions Arena security guard.

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I'm guessing he played with Ty or Lowe somewhere along the line?
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #127
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In the build-up to draft day, Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum has frequently drawn comparisons to Rookie of the Year and former Weber State star Damian Lillard. On Wednesday, the Utah Jazz enlisted the help of someone who should know.

"They have similar games," said Lillardís former teammate Scott Bamforth. "I think Dame handles the ball a little bit more, but I think they have similar games."

The Jazz worked out both McCollum, a projected lottery pick, and Bamforth, a fringe NBA prospect, but the focus was squarely on the heralded guard out of the Patriot League. The Jazz have no point guards under contract and with the Nos. 14 and 21 picks in the first round are heavily expected to emerge from draft day with at least one point guard.

McCollum, a combo guard who played in only 11 games last year at Lehigh, did his part to assuage any concerns over whether he could play point guard in the NBA.

"Absolutely," he said. "I feel like Iím going to."

The 21-year-old said he saw the Jazz as a good fit and called the culture "perfect for me."

"I feel like Iíd thrive in an environment like this," he said. "Just because itís more laid-back, kind of like Lehigh, where itís not too much to do but at the same time itís a very good community and itís the only show in town."

Most mock drafts project McCollum to go several picks higher than the Jazzís first selection, which could mean that the Jazz would need to trade up if he was their target.

McCollum has also worked out for Orlando, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Portland, where he said he thought he would be able to complement Lillardís game. On Wednesday, he said he liked the comparison to the Rookie of the Year who, like McCollum, burst onto the scene after playing four years at a small school.

"I see a lot of different similarities," McCollum said. "Weíre both very poised, we both have an ability to knock down a lot of shots in a hurry."

In four years at Lehigh, McCollum averaged 21.7 points and 6.1 rebounds but just 2.7 assists per game. As for whether the Jazz see McCollum as a point guard, their most pressing position, remains to be seen.

"Itís kind of tough to see that in a one-on-one type workout," said Walt Perrin, the Jazzís vice president of player personnel. "Itís something that weíll work out in terms of watching more tapes, talking with him and trying to make that determination."

McCollum said he struggled with the altitude, which Perrin said is to be expected.

"He struggled, but he fought," Perrin said. "He started shooting it a little better later in the workout, and thatís what we like to see."
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It's possible Jeff Hornacek's replacement is helping the Utah Jazz at Zions Bank Basketball Center this week.

Kenny Gattison, a former NBA player and coach, was invited to assist the Jazz with an ongoing free agent mini-camp, raising questions about his potential for ending up with the organization.

Utah has had a vacant assistant coach position since Hornacek was hired as the Suns' head coach two weeks ago, making Gattison's involvement with the Jazz all the more interesting.

Adding to the intrigue of Gattison's invitation to Utah, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was his teammate in Phoenix during the 1988-89 season. Also, Gattison, 49, grew up in Wilmington, N.C., which is three hours east of the 50-year-old Corbin's hometown of Columbia, S.C.

It wouldn't be unprecedented for Corbin to hire a former teammate. The NBA's ninth-longest-tenured head coach has done that twice since taking over for Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10, 2011 ó first bringing Hornacek (Suns, Jazz teammate) onto his staff on a full-time basis and then tabbing Sidney Lowe (Minnesota teammate) to be his lead assistant that summer.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey would not comment on the team's assistant coach search Wednesday. But he has made it clear that this hire is Corbin's to make.

Corbin, who has one year remaining on his three-season contract as the Jazz's head coach, was unavailable for a comment. He has yet to speak publicly about the job search.

The 6-foot-8 Gattison played for three NBA teams between 1986-96, including stops in Phoenix, Charlotte and Vancouver. His best season came in 1991-92 when he averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets.

Since then, Gattison has held several coaching positions, including his most recent stint in Atlanta as one of Larry Drew's assistants from 2010-12. Gattison was an assistant under John Calipari in New Jersey from 1996-98. He's also been an assistant with New Orleans (2003-09) and his alma mater, Old Dominion.

Gattison actually has a history with the Jazz, having been traded to Utah from Orlando during the summer of 1996. However, he never played for the franchise as he retired and took a coaching gig with the Nets.

Sloan recently told the Deseret News that the Jazz have contacted him about rejoining the organization, but it's not known what his possible position could be. The Hall of Fame coach has been at Utah's pre-draft workouts and attended the NBA Pre-Draft Combine in Chicago last month after being invited by the Jazz. It seems unlikely that he'd end up on the bench with Corbin, though.

It still remains possible that Brad Jones could be promoted from his position as the Jazz's director of player development to full-time assistant coach.

That scenario played out last summer when Michael Sanders received a promotion from that position after then-assistant coach Scott Layden was hired as the Spurs' assistant general manager.

If Jones were moved up, it wouldn't be surprising to see his assistant, former Ute Johnnie Bryant, get bumped up into the player development director position.

It also wouldn't be a shock if Jazz video coordinator Jefferson Sweeney received a promotion into one of the player development coaching positions. Sweeney has worked in the background with the organization for the past 13 years, becoming an integral part of the team's scouting squad after originally starting as an EnergySolutions Arena security guard.

The Jazz also invited three college assistant coaches to help them with their 24-man free-agent camp, including BYU's Mark Pope, Kentucky's Orlando Antigua and Gonzaga's Tommy Lloyd.

"It's sort of like a coaching clinic for them," Jazz head scout David Fredman said. "It gives us a chance to maybe ask them about their players and players they played against.

"Maybe in the future," he added, "you might even see more foreign coaches involved with us in summer projects and things like that."

Hornacek recently hired three assistant coaches in Phoenix, making it unlikely that Gattison would end up back with his first NBA team.
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Jazz small forawrd DeMarre Carroll will make 27 Junior Jazz appearances throughout Utah and into Nevada over the next two weeks, conducting clinics in the far reaches of the region.
Carroll will host clinics from June 17-28. The final clinic in Brigham City could be his last act as a member of the Jazz. Three days later, he becomes a free agent. Carroll has insisted since the end of the season that he wants to return to the Jazz next season.

That's a good sign as far as bringing him back I'd think.
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Most mock drafts have tabbed the 6-foot-3 combo guard as a top 10 selection, which would require the Jazz to make a trade to move up from their No. 14 and 21 first-round spots.

The two-time Patriot League Player of the Year believes he's ready to step in and play ó similar to the guy he's compared to on occasion, ex-Weber State guard Damian Lillard.

"I think I bring a decent amount of intangibles," McCollum said, mentioning his maturity, playmaking skills, shooting, deceptive lateral quickness and "heady" mentality. "I'd say I'm one of the players that's ready to play right now ó tomorrow."

Like most players who come to Utah, McCollum knows the Jazz have openings in the backcourt. Because the organization doesn't have a point guard under contract, he's intrigued by the opportunity of early NBA minutes.

Though some critics have questioned whether he's better suited to be a shooting guard instead of a point guard, he is confident in his playmaking abilities.

"Everybody has weaknesses in their game, but I feel like my game is very well-rounded. I'm a chameleon," said McCollum, who averaged 21.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his four-year career at Lehigh. "I can come in and contribute in a multitude of ways and I feel like it will show when I step onto the court."

Walt Perrin, the Jazz's vice president of player personnel, said the organization is still trying to "make that determination" about McCollum being a full-time point guard. Utah's decision-makers, he added, still have a lot of tape to watch and further evaluating to do before making a draft game plan.

But Perrin credited the 21-year-old for his shooting and ball-handling skills ó and for the way he adjusted to the Wasatch Front's altitude during Wednesday's workout.

"He struggled, but he fought," Perrin said. "He started shooting the ball a little bit better later in the workout. That's what we like to see."

McCollum, who scored 30 points in Lehigh's NCAA tournament upset win over No. 2-seeded Duke in 2012, hopes to follow the path Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, took from small school to NBA success story.

"I see a lot of different similarities. We're both very poised,' he said. "We both have an ability to knock down shots in a hurry. We're both ready for the big stage."

McCollum also compared himself to Warrior sharpshooter Stephen Curry because of his success at Davidson and their playing styles.

"I'd say he shoots better than me and I'm more athletic," McCollum said.
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The Wolves have limited assets to swing such a deal, namely third-year forward Derrick Williams, second-year guard Alexey Shved and the ninth and/or 26th picks. They also likely will trade one of two veteran guards óLuke Ridnour and J.J. Barea óby draft night. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Utah Jazz's busy week of evaluating prospective players will continue Saturday with a pair of intriguing pre-draft workouts.

Two West Coast Conference big men ó BYU's Brandon Davies and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk ó highlight a group of 12 NBA hopefuls who'll participate in the two sessions at Zions Bank Basketball Center.


The 7-foot, 238-pound Olynyk, whose No. 1-seeded Bulldogs were stunned in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena, is the highest-rated player out of the dozen prospects, according to popular mock drafts.


But Saturday's two workouts also include potential first-rounders such as French center Rudy Gobert (7-1, 235), Louisville center Gorgui Dieng (6-11, 245) and Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan.


The first workout will feature Canaan, Olynyk, San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin (6-5, 205), New Mexico guard Tony Snell (6-7, 200), Arizona forward Grant Jerrett (6-10, 235) and Virginia guard Erick Green (6-3, 185).


The second workout will feature Davies, Dieng, Gobert, Cal State Fullerton guard Kwame Vaughn (6-3, 195), St. Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova (6-4 190) and Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi (6-7, 226).


The Jazz will likely hold more workouts next week leading up to the June 27 NBA draft. Utah has three picks, including the 14th and 21st selections in the first round.
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