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Jazz Dennis Lindsey Says Team Could Keep Core Together

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Once again, the Utah Jazz head into the offseason with a few key players heading to free agency, and while changes are likely coming to the core of the Jazz roster, general manager Dennis Lindsey warns that Utah could bring the same team to the court next season.

“I think we’re in a good position where we haven’t cornered ourselves economically relative to the performance of our team, and that should give us a few options to consider,” Lindsey said, according to Deseret News Sports. “My best guess is the option that we’ll ultimately consider, is bringing the team back intact, but I don’t know what other things are going to come our way.”

Utah will have to make some tough decisions when it comes to forward Derrick Favors and guard Dante Exum. Favors, a free agent, is likely to yield a solid contract on the open market, while Exum will be an unrestricted free agent.

Lindsey says that while ownership, the Miller family, are smart with their money, they are not afraid to spend money to be competitive.

“The Millers have always stated that to stay championship-competitive or to take it to the next level, that they’re willing (to spend),” Lindsey stated. “To what degree and how long, those are for future conversations. They were in the luxury tax during the (Andrei) Kirilenko era, as an example.

“As far as their commitment to the team, look what they did with the Legacy Trust. They’re not taking a dollar of profit on the team, all of the dollars are going back to the team. They want to compete at the very highest level.”

Lindsey is happy with what the team did this season, but expects both Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell to be better in their roles next season.

“There’s a chance for the team to still improve,” he said “We’re not going to be conservative if we bring the whole team back to be conservative. It’s because we looked at all the options and the best alternatives were the incumbent alternatives.”

As far as Favors and Mitchell, Lindsey said he “hoped” both players would be back for next season.

“He’s a good player on a good team and Derrick is very consistent in his want to be back here,” Lindsey said. “I think he understands what he has here and we certainly understand what he produces. His agent is a terrific person and that’s been able to carve out good deals for both sides, so I don’t see any initial obstacles. Derrick’s got to go through this process, but that’s my hope (he’ll be back).”

“Dante wisely understands the personnel we have here to help him and his body technically,” he said. “He’s dealing with a hamstring and there’s not a better place to rehabilitate. He’s moving past rehabilitation and doing a little more in performance. He wanted to get all the way back so he could split time between here and L.A. to play basketball.”

 

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Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Says Injury From NYPD ‘Total Abuse of Power’

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Utah Jazz veteran guard Thabo Sefolosha is speaking out about his experience a few years ago in New York in which he was involved in an altercation with the New York Police Department, which landed him behind bars and with a broken leg that would require surgery and a lengthy recovery.

Sefolosha was allegedly involved in a heated argument with an NYPD officer who was responding to a stabbing incident at popular Manhattan nightclub 1 Oak, something Sefolosha had no involvement with at all but didn’t stop him and the NYPD from colliding.

“It all could have been avoided very easily,” Sefolosha said, according to The Athletic’s Tony Jones. “It was basically a frustrated officer trying to prove a point. He wanted to prove he was the one in power. It was a total abuse of power, in  my opinion. And it was very, very uncalled for.”

Although it’s been a few years, Sefolosha is still angry about what went down.

“It was total B.S.,” Sefolosha said. “They were in the wrong. They violated my rights as a citizen and they violated my rights as a pedestrian. I had to go through a surgery and a rehab because of that. There was no way I was taking a deal. I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

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Jazz Center Rudy Gobert Goes Off On Referees

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Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert has had enough of the officiating in the NBA, and isn’t hiding his opinion on the matter.

Gobert took aim at the officiating during Utah’s loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday night, specifically a call on Gobert with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game as Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was driving to the basket.

“I just want it to be consistent at one point” Gobert said, according to Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you’ve got to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same. Donovan got pushed harder right before and he’s not Dwyane Wade, it’s fine, but just respect us as competitors, as players. I sacrifice everything to do this job. I’d like to be respected as a basketball player.”

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Jazz star Donovan Mitchell Discusses Early Struggles

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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.

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