Whether you like it or not, Grayson Allen is officially a member of the Utah Jazz. He was formally introduced as a member of the Utah Jazz organization Wednesday afternoon, and spoke to the media about his arrival and goals with the organization.
Allen tallked about being in Utah, mentioned how beautiful the area was and how much he loved the mountains and scenery. When speaking of Salt Lake City, Allen said “this is my kind of city” when asked about how he might fit in in SLC. It’s always a good sign to see your players like the area they are in. Granted, pretty much everyone says that at first. Some say it because it’s an easy way to gain some fan love by creating local ties, and others say it and actually mean it. It’s hard to tell if Allen really loves the area yet, it honestly sounds like he hasn’t been around much (obviously, it’s literally his first day on the job).
Here is your first look at Grayson Allen with his new Utah Jazz jersey. pic.twitter.com/vRBoJu0Y23— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) June 27, 2018
It was revealed earlier that he would be wearing the number 24 jersey, and the media asked if there was any special reason for selecting the number. Allen didn’t really mention any glaring reason for selecting 24, but he did mention it popped out at him because he grew up a fan of Kobe Bryant. Allen talked a little bit about his goals as a player in the NBA, and mentioned how excited he was to work in Quin Snyder’s system and fit in with the Utah Jazz culture.
It will be interesting to see how well Grayson Allen actually fits in Utah. Jazz fans are already torn between hating Allen and loving him, but regardless of where you stand you’ve got to admit that it’s going to be fun to see how it all plays out.
With the great day of free agent reckoning approaching, Derrick Favors’ future remains in the unknown. We got some additional pieces of information regarding Favors’ feelings, in a feature piece in ESPN’s Undefeated with Marc J Spears.
After being in Salt Lake City for seven-plus #NBA seasons, @dfavors14 can leave to a more diverse and bigger city as a first time free agent. But if the Atlanta native does leave the Jazz, it won’t be because of his beloved beautiful Utah. https://t.co/xUZPIWXRXe #nbafreeagency— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 27, 2018
The article features some comments that Favors has made about the Jazz organization, and how much he thinks of this franchise. It also highlights Favor’s feelings towards free agency and the testing the waters in the open market.
But if Favors departs from the Jazz as a free agent this offseason, his beloved Salt Lake City will not be the reason.
“I’ve been there for eight years, so I’m pretty much comfortable with it,” Favors said. “I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve been to a lot of great places. The fan base is incredible.
I go to Utah to chill, relax and enjoy the scenery and what Utah has to offer. I am a guy who likes to sit on the patio and enjoy life and quiet time. In the summer, it is beautiful out there with the mountains. I go out there to meditate and enjoy the quiet time because it is not a fast-paced city, fast-energy like New York. You just chill out and relax.”
“I’m definitely excited about being a free agent for the first time and pretty much getting a chance to control my own destiny,” Favors said. “I’m just trying to find the right situation that makes sense for me as a player. Be in the right spot. Get a chance to showcase my talent. Get a chance to showcase what I can do. I’m just focused on finding the right situation that is the right fit for me.”
No matter what happens with the Jazz and Derrick Favors in the coming weeks, you have to respect Favors and what he has done for this organization. He’s done whatever was asked of him during his time here, and has been a fan-favorite and a critical piece of the Jazz success.
Jazz fans are going to love the newest word added to Dictionary.com. Once again, how incredible is it that we have this kid in Utah?
What's a Spida? A basketball species usually found above the rim; equipped with superhuman senses, shot-slinging abilities and unrivaled bounce. https://t.co/lGZL3oeK1G— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) June 28, 2018
There’s been no news of any Donovan Mitchell signature shoe line by Adidas yet, but it is definitely in the making. These custom Crazy Adidas CYW “Spida” series gave a cool little preview of what it will be like one day to have a Spida signature shoe. It’s gonna be incredible.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver inked an extenstion through 2023-24, reported by Shams Charania.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has signed a contract extension through the 2023-24 NBA season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 27, 2018
Personally I think this is a great move by the NBA. Silver is a really good commissioner. He listens to the players and makes changes according to their needs and wants. He also maintains a pretty healthy relationship with the NBAPA all things considered. I think Silver has some great plans ahead for the NBA, so I am definitely a fan of this extension.