Saturday was a great day if you are a fan of basketball. The NCAA Final Four took place last night and gave us a great couple of games. We learned that we will see the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies on Monday night for the National Championship! One player that Jazz fans will continue to keep an eye on is projected top five draft pick, Julius Randle. Randle has played very well so far in this tournament and will look to continue that on Monday night for a chance to win it all.
Saturday also brought us some Jazz news. The news that was really out of left field, caught some people off guard, but was a move none the less. The Jazz claimed rookie big man Erik Murphy off waivers and as a result of that waived big man Andris Biedrins. The move comes with only six games left in the season for the Jazz, but takes $9 million off the books for the remainder of the season. Murphy, drafted 49th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, will wear number 33 for the Jazz. (via Purpleandblues.com)
Richard Jefferson had an injury plagued season last year with the Golden State Warriors, the Jazz’s upcoming opponent on Sunday, but this season has proved that he can still have a big role on an NBA team. Jefferson has already expressed that after this season is over and he enters free agency, that he will go chasing after a ring and try to sign with a team that gives him the best chance of winning the Finals. With the way the Jefferson has proven himself this season on a bad team, chances are he won’t have too much trouble finding a team that wants his services. (via SaltLakeTribune.com)
With a spot in the upcoming lottery already assured, many fans would want the Jazz to lose as many games as they can from here on out to enhance their chances for a top three pick in the upcoming draft. However, the Jazz players don’t see it that way. The Jazz are determined to finish the season strong. Read more about the young Jazz clubs NTA policy, No Tanking Allowed, from Randy Hollis of the Deseret News. (via DeseretNews.com)
At this time last year, Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke was guiding the University of Michigan Wolverines to the National Championship game against the Louisville Cardinals. Fast forward to this season, Burke is getting ready to wrap up what has been an up and down season on a bad team. Following a 20 point blowout loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons last week, Burke got a chance to talk with the Detroit Free Press about how the season has gone for him. (via DetroitFreePress.com)
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