The Utah Jazz have a reputation for being very open to signing international talent regardless if they are foreign players or American players returning from a stint overseas.
So it should come as no surprise that one of their own foreign players is trying to recruit his fellow countryman to join the team.
Australian forward Joe Ingles is interested in the Utah Jazz signing free agent big man Andrew Bogut, according to the Australian Associated Press.
“I would love for him to come over to Utah” Ingles said.
“He’s got a connection there already and if they want to take him I’ll happily have him.”
Bogut, 32, has battled injuries in recent years and his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers lasted under a minute due to fracturing his tibia after colliding with another player.
Despite the injury, Bogut expects to make a full recovery.
“I don’t feel like this injury will hurt me long-term, because the bone will heal stronger than it was before” Bogut said per Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.
Adding Bogut to the mix makes a lot of sense for the Jazz who are still recovering from the departure of Gordon Hayward.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell Discusses Early Struggles
Utah Jazz budding superstar Donovan Mitchell believes that overthinking is the reason that he has had some struggles early on during the 2018-2019 regular season, and believes his recent performance against the Houston Rockets was a turnaround for him this year.
“I was in my head,” Mitchell said of his slow start to the season, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “I didn’t get much sleep.”
“The past few games, I’d been struggling because I’d been kind of pressing the issue,” Mitchell continued. “I came into [Wednesday’s game against Houston] with the mindset of just finding the open guy. That was really my biggest thing. Last year in the playoffs, there were games where I got too deep or too whatever, just kind of not making the right plays. To me, just being able to make the right reads early just allowed me to settle down and relax a little bit.
“I always put pressure on myself, whether it was last year at the beginning of the year or whatever, just to be perfect. Obviously, that’s impossible.”
Mitchell sure bounced back, dropping 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists en route to the Jazz’s big win over the Rockets, their 2nd victory of the young season.
Jazz Exercise Third-year Option on Donovan Mitchell
The Utah Jazz have officially exercised their third year option on shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the team officially announced on Wednesday via a press release.
With the option, Mitchell will make $3.1 million this season and $3.6 million next year.
Mitchell is a budding superstar in the laeague after an incredible rookie season in which he posted 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and was the runner up for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
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— Utah Jazz PR (@UtahJazzPR) October 11, 2018
Jazz Dante Exum Hopes To Play in All 82 Games After Extension
The Utah Jazz ensured that guard Dante Exum will remain with the team for the future after inking the Aussie to a three-year, $33 million contract extension earlier this summer, and Exum is looking to do more for his team now that his future is settled.
“I wanna play 82,” Exum said, according to Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia. “I played 82 in my first season. That’s 100 percent my No. 1 goal. I think, just being given that opportunity to play 82, I’m going to earn my minutes, earn my time, and be in one of those critical roles where I can have a major impact.
“Not just an impact; a major impact on a team. I want to be that guy on at the end of the game, and even taking the last shot. I think that’s a goal I’ve definitely set for myself, and expect myself to make.”
Exum played in only 14 games in 2017-2018 season.
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