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Rudy Gobert traded by Jazz to Timberwolves – Cache Valley Daily

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) For Utah, one era is ending. FILE- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) plays in the first half during Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 26, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. Rudy Gobert has been traded by the Jazz to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a massive package of players and draft picks, a person with knowledge of the blockbuster deal said. Utah is getting four first-round picks between 2023 and 2029, along with Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley and a first-round pick this year in Walker Kessler, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, July 1, 2022, on condition of anonymity because the NBA had not approved the deal and neither team could announce it publicly. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File) For Minnesota, one seems to be beginning. The Jazz have agreed to trade Rudy Gobert — a three-time defensive player of the year — to the Timberwolves for a massive package of players and draft picks,

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Nets acquire Royce O’Neale from Jazz for 23 first-round pick – Cache Valley Daily

Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) reacts after being fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets acquired forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz on Thursday for a conditional 2023 first-round draft pick. The Nets announced the deal, noting the Jazz will receive the least favorable of the Brooklyn/Houston first-round pick swap and Philadelphia’s first-round pick that was previously acquired by Brooklyn. O’Neale has appeared in 370 NBA games in five seasons in Utah, averaging 6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He has shot 44.8% from the field in his career. The 29-year-old appeared in and started 77 games this past season, averaging a career-high 7.4 points and 31.2 minutes. The 6-foot-6 O’Neale has seen action in 40 career playoff games with 29 starts, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.9 minutes per game. Prior to signing with Utah, played one season apiece in Spain and Germany. After playing two seasons at the University of Denver (2011-13), O’Neale played two seasons at Baylor

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Celtics’ Will Hardy takes over as coach of Jazz – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – Former San Antonio Spurs summer league head coach Will Hardy looks on during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the Utah Jazz on July 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy has accepted an offer to become the new coach of the Utah Jazz, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) As the Utah Jazz spent time talking to candidates to become their next coach, Will Hardy quickly rose to the top of their list. And that’s where he stayed. Hardy was announced as the coach of the Jazz on Wednesday, a day after the sides came to an agreement in principle. He’ll be a head coach in the NBA for the first time and, at 34, is currently the league’s youngest coach. “As our search committee went through this process, Will really separated himself among a group of extremely talented candidates,” Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said. “We’re eager to get to work with him as we continue our pursuit of bringing an NBA championship to Utah.” Hardy goes to Utah after spending this past season as an assistant

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Celtics’ Hardy accepts offer to become Jazz coach – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – Former San Antonio Spurs summer league head coach Will Hardy looks on during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the Utah Jazz on July 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy has accepted an offer to become the new coach of the Utah Jazz, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy has accepted an offer to become the coach of the Utah Jazz, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday. Hardy and the Jazz were in the process of finalizing contract language, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced the deal publicly. Hardy will become an NBA head coach for the first time. He will replace Quin Snyder, who decided to leave the Jazz earlier this month after eight seasons. ESPN and The Athletic first reported the agreement between Hardy and the Jazz. Hardy spent one season in Boston, helping the Celtics reach the NBA Finals. His previous 11 seasons were spent with the San Antonio Spurs, starting as a basketball operations

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Utah Jazz unveil new uniforms and dust off an old one – Cache Valley Daily

New Utah Jazz jerseys for the 2022-23 season. SALT LAKE CITY – As if fans of the Utah Jazz didn’t have enough to debate about and fume over in their off-season (trade rumors, who the next head coach might be), on Friday the franchise unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming season that have been met with a lot of criticism on social media. The new jerseys feature combinations of yellow, black and white which are stark departures from the team’s traditional (and original) purple, gold, blue and green pallet that tied the franchise to its New Orleans and Mardi Gras origins. However, the team announced it will also be dusting off the Purple Mountain jersey which was primarily worn by the team during their multiple trips to the NBA Finals in the late 1990s. “Purple is back and here to stay,” said Jim Olson, president of the Utah Jazz in a release. “This uniform collection features the return of our cornerstone color purple, which will be integral to our new designs in future Jazz seasons. Purple is beloved by our fan base and lives at the core of our identity. Alongside our newly painted courts, these fresh yet familiar looks

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Danny Ainge says Jazz ‘desperately’ wanted Snyder to stay – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder looks on in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, against the Dallas Mavericks, April 23, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Snyder resigned Sunday, June 5, 2022, as coach of the Jazz, ending an eight-year run where the team won nearly 60% of its games but never got past the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz face an unexpected search for a new coach. Utah was prepared to enter next season with Quin Snyder at the helm until the head coach unexpectedly stepped down after eight seasons. The two sides had recently discussed an extension with Snyder, who still had two years left on his contract. They did not reach an agreement before Snyder decided to step away. “We have spent the last few weeks talking, Quin and I, a lot about a lot of different things. And I think it’s pretty clear, we desperately wanted him to stay,” team CEO Danny Ainge said during a news conference Monday, a day after Snyder announced he is leaving. “And at the same time, I’ve walked away

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Quin Snyder ends his tenure as Jazz coach after 8 seasons – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder shouts to the team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 11, 2022, in Salt Lake City. On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Snyder resigned as coach of the Utah Jazz, ending an eight-year run where the team won nearly 60% of its games but never got past the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Quin Snyder guided the Utah Jazz to six consecutive playoff appearances, was an NBA coach of the year finalist just last season and won nearly 60% of his games with the franchise. And he’s decided that was enough. Snyder resigned Sunday as coach of the Jazz, ending an eight-year run of regular-season success but with the team never getting past the second round of the playoffs in his tenure. Snyder released a statement through the team, part of it simply saying “it is time.” “At the core, and what drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve and their dedication to the team and the Jazz,” Snyder said. “I strongly feel they need a new voice

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Study ranks Logan as 5th best city for basketball fans in Utah – Cache Valley Daily

FILE PHOTO: Old Main at the Utah State University campus LOGAN – A recent study by personal finance website WalletHub studied 21 key metrics to determine the best cities in America for professional and college basketball fans. Salt Lake City finished 3rd overall (behind Los Angeles and Boston, respectively) after high ranks with Accessibility to an NBA Stadium (1st overall) and Lowest Minimum Season Ticket Price for College Basketball (tied for 4th). The study gave more than twice as much weight to cities in proximity to an NBA franchise. For those cities with NBA franchises, the study considered the team’s performance level, historical value (NBA and conference championships, hall of fame head coaches), fan engagement and average ticket price, among others. For college basketball cities, the study examined performance levels of teams, conference championships, fan engagement, minimum season ticket prices, number of coaches in the past 10 years, stadium capacity and more. Provo ranked 59th overall thanks to the Brigham Young University Cougars. Ogden, home to the Weber State Wildcats, also scored in the top 100 in the study (ranked 81st) thanks in part to its proximity to the Utah Jazz. Logan, home of the Utah State Aggies, is ranked

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Jazz face many questions after another early playoff exit – Cache Valley Daily

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell pauses on the court following the team’s loss in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City. The Mavericks advanced to the second round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz entered this season as one of the favorites to win the NBA title. Like a few other teams on the top of that list — the Lakers and Brooklyn, primarily — they wound up as disappointments. The Jazz, who brought back many key players from last season, when they had the NBA’s best regular-season record, lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games for their second first-round exit in three seasons. “We fell short of our goal,” guard Donovan Mitchell said. “This hurts, I ain’t going to lie.” Potential future changes after another disappointing end could center on Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert. Gobert is owed $85 million over the next two years, plus he holds a $46.6 million player option for the 2025-26 season. Mitchell is owed $67.5 million for the next two seasons, followed by a $37 million player option. Their

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Luka Doncic, Mavericks beat Jazz to advance to second round – Cache Valley Daily

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) gestures in the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Luke Doncic believes he can score on anyone. To advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time, he had to trust his teammates. After previous postseasons filled with individual highlights, Doncic shared the ball and the Dallas Mavericks slipped past the Utah Jazz. “I like sharing the ball. If they’re going to hit or blitz me, someone is going to be open,” Doncic said. Doncic and Jalen Brunson each scored 24 points and the Mavericks beat the Jazz 98-96 on Thursday night in Game 6 to wrap up the first-round series. “It was all about trust,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “Luka did an incredible job knowing they were going to try and take the ball out of his hands.” After Brunson hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Mike Conley was called for traveling with five seconds remaining, and Brunson made one of two free throws with 4.3 seconds to play. “Playing with Luka the

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