As he-who-must-not-be-named slowly fades from our memory, the Utah Jazz made sure to sign the best shooter in the league, nay the Universe, to fill the void. It’s time for today’s downbeat.
Joe Ingles, league leader in both three point shooting percentage, and our hearts, made it official.
Could you imagine if the Jazz weren’t able to re-sign their best shooter and team leader in steals? It could have been devastating. I guess Boston will have to be happy with our fourth best shooter from behind the arc last season.
Not only did Joe Ingles sign a contract, he apparently turned down a lot of interest, and more money, to make sure he stayed in Utah.
Joe ingles received a "tremendous amount of interest" on the open market, according to a source. But "wanted Utah all along."— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) July 25, 2017
I'm told that Joe listened to offers, but once he saw the Jazz, the Miller Family, and Dennis Lindsey were being fair and upfront, he ...— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) July 25, 2017
... Shut down other conversations and jumped at the chance to stay in Utah. Even left some money on the table to stay with the Jazz.— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) July 25, 2017
This is amazing news to hear. Not only does it show Ingles’ loyalty to the Jazz, it also shows that the Utah goes into negotiations prepared with both the player and team’s best interest in mind.
With his new contract, Ingles has also pledged to use his money to help underprivileged families in Utah and Australia. I don’t know if Ingles will have a banner when all is said and done, but he better be a part of the Jazz for a long time. Can he at least be a part of the broadcast? I couldn’t think of a better color commentator...
Joe Ingles also let everyone know he’s still winning shooting contests at practice. Apparently this time with Donovan Mitchell.
Joe Ingles said that he "smoked" Donovan Mitchell in a couple of shooting games that they played while both were in Utah.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) July 25, 2017
The Jazz have built a great culture and it’s fantastic that we get to see glimpses of it on social media. Next season is going to be fun for so many reasons. But one of the best will be on Twitter where so many of the Jazz players shine.
In other news, the international brothers of basketball, Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto, did another basketball camp, this time in Brazil.
Muito feliz pelo sucesso do meu primeiro Camp aqui no Brasil. Obrigado a todos que me ajudaram a organizar e tornar esse sonho realidade . A garotada que esteve presente vcs fizeram a diferença . Valeuu @team_amma @nescau @gatoradebrasil @nbabrasil @marinabarraclube @boulangeriecarioca @nike @mtvz_images And thanks to my brotha @rudygobert27 to come support my camp ⛹ #CampRaulNeto2017 #Brasil
It’s great to see Jazz players doing awesome things for their respective communities. Sadly, Rudy Gobert could not contain the beast within and rejected many shots...
Rudy blocks all shots at the rim, I repeat ALL SHOTS AT THE RIM...
The Kyrie Irving/Lebron James saga continues and the Jazz have been mentioned in different ways. Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst mentioned the Jazz in the latest Lowe Post podcast. You can listen to it here.
I didn’t transcribe it, but here is one of the most interesting tidbits from their conversation.
Interesting from the Lowe/Windhorst pod that the Cavs have interest in Favors if they trade Love. Also, the Jazz and Cavs have talked a lot.— James Hansen (@hansenjames) July 25, 2017
It’s clear that the Jazz have been in talks with the Cavs and have been a part of multiple trade scenarios. It’s to the point now where my heart skips a beat whenever I get a Woj notification. Count me as someone hoping that Kyrie Irving finds his way onto the Jazz.