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  1. Jazz put the ball in Kyrylo Fesenko's court, but he has yet to make a decision

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Ukranian big man, Utah Jazz playoff stop-gap, and impeccable jokester Kyrylo Fesenko is still job-hunting, and hasn’t yet committed to a return with the Jazz next season. Utah has already extended a qualifying offer to Kyrylo, a restricted free agent, that would pay him around $1.1 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent…

  2. Carlos Boozer sees the Bulls right there with the Heat, East elite

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer is one of those guys shifting the power in the East. He has gone from a loaded Jazz team that couldn’t quite get past the Lakers in the West to a loaded Bulls team that nobody thinks can get past Boston or Miami in the East. Boozer doesn’t see it that way; he…

  3. Mehmet Okur may miss start of season for Jazz

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    It was a tough injury at the time: Mehmet Okur going down with a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Jazz’s first playoff game. It meant he out for the playoffs — and the fate of the Jazz was sealed. It also meant the native of Turkey would miss the FIBA World Championships his nation is…

  4. The Utah Jazz really did upgrade their uniforms

    Aug 17, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    This is the time of year when teams unveil their “new” uniforms, which usually is a couple of minor changes to the old uniform around the neck line, or using a different numbers font. Not thrilling, but it’s good enough for a press release and an off-season party. But the Utah Jazz have made some…

  5. Don't forget, Karl Malone and John Stockton were good. Very good.

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:04 AM EDT

    Friday night Karl Malone gets inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Twice, actually. Once as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. But the other was for the role he was better known for, as one half of the best inside/outside, pick-and-roll duos ever. Malone and John Stockton were amazing together. The video is…

  6. Jerry Sloan will be back coaching the Jazz. Shocking, I know.

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Utah Jazz made official tonight what everybody has known for a very long time — Jerry Sloan will be back for season 23 as the coach of the Utah Jazz. Yup, nobody saw that coming. Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor also agreed to a contract extension (details of the deal were not released). This…

  7. Jazz owner's debate on adding Al Jefferson highlights revenue sharing issue

    Aug 2, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    We at PBT, along with most of the basketball world, have applauded what the Jazz did this offseason. They lost Carlos Boozer, but in Al Jefferson found a good replacement. They added Raja Bell. Next season, the Jazz may be a slightly better team than they were last year. But it was not an easy…

  8. Al Jefferson says Minnesota a couple years away from winning, so he likes Utah better

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    There is some talent on the Minnesota roster. Kevin Love can ball. Michael Beasley was a No. 2 overall pick for a reason. We’ll see what Wesley Johnson can bring as a rookie. We’ll watch Luke Ridnour get them the ball. Okay, not that much talent, and it is all being assembled in a haphazard…

  9. The Bulls make a good value signing with Ronnie Brewer, but at what cost?

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls have been looking to upgrade their wing production this off-season, but in their close-minded desire to achieve that goal, they’ve made a bit of an odd move. According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, Chicago will sign shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to a three-year, $12.5 million deal. For those counting at home, that’s…

  10. Wesley Mathews headed to Portland, Jazz will not match offer

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz found Wesley Mathews — an undrafted rookie who started 48 games for them last year. But the Jazz are going to play Raja Bell’s tune next season. So Mathews is off to Portland, where he will be Brandon Roy’s backup. Portland had made an offer to Mathews for the mid-level exception of…

  11. Al Jefferson traded to Jazz for picks. Minnesota's self destruction continues.

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson is not perfect, but the man had two 20-10 years, is 25, and gave Minnesota 17 and 9 last year trying to come back from a knee surgery he should be past this season. Minnesota’s telegraphing of trading him was so bad Utah was able to get him for two first round pick,…

  12. Utah closing in on deal to get Al Jefferson

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

    Would you trade Carlos Boozer for Al Jefferson? That’s what the Utah Jazz are close to doing, as they are close to a deal that would ship the Jefferson to Utah — and maybe send no players back to Minnesota, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Utah has a $14 million trade exception from the…

  13. Deron Williams frustrated as Utah watches key players walk

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer: Gone. Kyle Korver: Gone. Deron Williams: Still in Utah. And he is “frustrated.” In a deep Western Conference, the Jazz have gotten worse this summer, he told the Desert News (via Slam). Although he tried to put a positive spin on it. “It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver)…

  14. Boozer's gone, so now what, Utah?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland is still in the mourning phase. Utah has moved on to the “what do we do now?” phase of rebuilding a team after losing a star. Except Utah is not really rebuilding, they are restructuring. The Jazz are in pretty good shape. In part because they have Deron Williams, one of the best point…

  15. Free agent bargain bin: Louis Amundson

    Jul 4, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Goran Dragic became a YouTube sensation, Leandro Barbosa has an established rep as a super-sub, Channing Frye reinvented himself, and Jared Dudley won over the world with his never-ceasing hustle and natural charisma. Yet behind them all is forgotten member of the Phoenix Suns’ immensely successful bench lineup: Louis Amundson. It’s strange: although Lou is…

  16. Great NBA finals Game 5s: the Michael Jordan flu game

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Game 5 has given us some of the greatest NBA finals moments — even Avery Johnson was a Game 5, series clinching star. (Whatever happened to him, anyway?) On of the greatest: Michael Jordan dropping 38 points on the Utah Jazz despite having the flu.

  17. NBA Free Agency: Did the Heat clear too much space?

    May 23, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Miami Heat had big plans for this summer. First order of priority was to create enough room to re-sign Dwyane Wade, who loves Miami like its his mother, to max contract. The next step was adding another max free agent to prove to Wade he could win another championship in Miami after the last…

  18. What a NBA lottery win would mean for five teams

    May 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With the NBA Draft Lottery upon us, we thought we’d prognosticate upon five teams with a wide range of chances to gain the best choice tonight. New Jersey Nets: They have more on the line than any other team in tonight’s drawing. Drawing the top slot gives them not only the best player in the…

  19. Jazz owner hints the team might be just fine without Carlos Boozer

    May 17, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Let’s be perfectly clear — the Jazz are going to try and bring back Carlos Boozer. And not in some half-assed way. That’s not how the Jazz and the Miller family do business, this is a professional organization. They will make what they think is a fair offer. But if Boozer goes, that would not…

  20. Wesley Matthews is going to get paid by somebody, but will it be the Jazz?

    May 11, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Life’s not all that easy for undrafted players in the NBA, who typically have to fight and claw just to find a place on a roster. That wasn’t the case for Wesley Matthews, who was fortunate enough to be signed by the Jazz after spending four years playing for Marquette. It didn’t take a trip…

  21. Carlos Boozer had a worse day than you

    May 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    If Carlos Boozer walked around singing some Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — I would not blame him. And I’d give him a wide berth when I can across him. For the fourth game in the series he was utterly outplayed by Pau Gasol. Boozer was 4 of 11 from the floor and…

  22. Will the Jazz trade a key player to keep Boozer? Probably not.

    May 10, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz will get some offseason help thanks to Isiah Thomas — he traded them the Knicks first round pick this year. But who to draft will be the easy question for the Jazz, the bigger question is what to do about free agent to be Carlos Boozer. Sign him? A sign-and-trade with another…

  23. NBA Playoffs Jazz Lakers: Carlos Boozer, the 75% All-Star

    May 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer has been a staple in Utah. The main frontcourt player. The big free agent brought in to lead them to prominence. Boozer regressed considerably last year, and looked very much expendable, prompting the Jazz to sign Paul Millsap to a longterm extension. Then, Boozer miraculously responded! Posted near career numbers! In no way,…

  24. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 3: Andrei Kirilenko says he is ready to play

    May 6, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    The Jazz are desperate for some size and another weapon to confront the Los Angles Lakers — and for Game 3 they will have one. An AK-47. Andrei Kirilenko said Thursday that he will be ready to go on Saturday, as reported by the fantastic Ross Siler in the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’m good, I’m…

  25. Sure, but can Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol dance as well as Kosta Koufos?

    May 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Sure, Pau Gasol can get you 22 points and 15 rebounds. And Kosta Koufos can get you two points and one board and barely get off the Jazz bench in a series where they are in desperate need of size. But if you’re going to a club, going to impress the ladies with your groove,…

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