With rumors surrounding the Jazz making some noise in free agency, they finally made some moves and inked some deals. In what was a busy day for the Utah Jazz, here’s today’s downbeat.
As first reported by Shams Charania, the Utah Jazz and Thabo Sefolosha agreed to a two-year, $10.5 M deal Wednesday afternoon.
Free agent Thabo Sefolosha agrees to two-year, $10.5 million deal with Utah Jazz, sources tell @ShamsCharania. https://t.co/bYizvtkIlo pic.twitter.com/BytHNbsPFx— The Vertical (@TheVertical) July 12, 2017
Sefolosha adds another layer of defensive toughness and versatility, and will help lock down the wing as a defensive specialist.
After losing All-Star Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics, the Jazz have been in free agent and trade discussions to acquire a wing player. Sefolosha, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward able to defend multiple positions, has played 11 NBA seasons. For the Jazz, Sefolosha will be an accomplished defender and respected veteran.
The Jazz also signed Jonas Jerebko to a two-year, $8.2 M deal, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent Jonas Jerebko has agreed to a two-year, $8.2M deal with Utah, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2017
These moves aren’t the sexiest free-agent moves to the public eye, but are solid, safe deals that help the Jazz add depth and fill their roster with versatile players.
Rudy Gobert is very optimistic about the future of the Utah Jazz. In an article written by ESPN’s Tim McMahon, Gobert shared his outlook and what he expects from the team going forward to next season.
"When you see the young guys and Ricky joining us, I'm very excited," Gobert said. "We might end up being better than last year. Who knows? I think we're going to keep getting better every year. The goal is to keep getting better and keep competing. The goal is still the same: win a championship in the close future. Watching summer league, watching the guys, I'm very confident. I'm excited for our team. Obviously, we lost Gordon, but we are still a very good team. We're going to show people that we're a good team."
After a great performance in the Las Vegas Summer League on Tuesday, Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell took a page out of Rudy Gobert’s twitter guidelines. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman posted a tweet saying that Celtic’s Rookie Jayson Tatum had impressed him most during the summer league. Mitchell “liked” the tweet, as a possible sign of motivation to continue to make his mark.
I've asked tons of players here at summer league who has impressed them the most ... almost all with same answer: Jayson Tatum.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 12, 2017
Mitchell also landed on NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder, but actually dropped a spot (5 to 6) in the rankings after his stellar 37 point, 8 steal performance. Needless to say, the rookie has reason to be motivated and continue to improve.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder dropped in for an interview during Tuesday’s Summer League game in Las Vegas. Snyder discussed the Gordon Hayward departure, the Ricky Rubio trade, and the future direction of the team.
The NBA released some details regarding the changes to timeouts and game flow staring next season. Perhaps the biggest and most impactful of the changes will be the total timeout allowance and final minute limits.
Effective with this 2017-18 season, the maximum number of timeouts in a regulation game will drop from 18 to 14. And in a major modification, instead of allowing each team to call three timeouts in the final two minutes, the new limit will be two timeouts in the final three minutes.
These changes will affect game flow and speed, and should be interesting to see how it affects the Utah Jazz in their slow-paced game.