The Jazz are ready to take the court the again tonight, and while they were off yesterday, there was plenty of Jazz reads that you could find around the web. If you missed any of them, you can catch the links below in today’s edition of the “Morning Jazz”.
As most Jazz fans are pretty aware by now, the Jazz made a move this weekend to waive rarely used big man Andris Biedrins, and at the same time, pick up free agent Erik Murphy off waivers after being waived by the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week. After arriving in Utah on Sunday night, Murphy is with the team and is out to impress Jazz management. With only five games left in the season, he won’t have a lot of time to impress, but Jazz management wants to give him a knowledge of the system and let him use the summer to really dig in. (via SaltLakeTribune.com)
The NBA Lottery will be taking place on May 20th to determine the draft position of teams that didn’t make the playoffs for the upcoming NBA Draft in June. The entire season has been made up of a lot of talk surrounding how good the upcoming draft class is and how teams want to be able to land a top five pick. For the Jazz, the last five games of the season will determine there fate. There are many different odds on how the ping pong balls will fall, depending on how you finish the season. Mike Sorenson of the Deseret News breaks down those odds. (via DeseretNews.com)
Jazz rookie Ian Clark has not seen the court much this season. In fact, at one point in the season, he along with fellow rookie Rudy Gobert, were sent down to the D-League Bakersfield Jam for a little while, where that is where he seen most of his action. However, with only five games to go in the season, and the Jazz having been well out of the playoff picture for awhile now, Clark is seeing time down the stretch. Coach Corbin has been impressed with how hard he has been working, and is rewarding the young guy for it. (via Standard.net)
A lot of talk has gone around about the uncertain contract future that is Gordon Hayward. Hayward and the Jazz couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension before the October 31st deadline, which made Hayward become a restricted free agent at season’s end. As badly as Jazz management and Jazz fans would like to see Hayward back with the Jazz next season, Jazz management also has the same problem to figure out with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. Both players are due for a contract extension, and if not agreed on before the fall deadline, will become restricted free agents like Hayward. The future is uncertain for the young Jazz players, but the Jazz must keep moving forward. (via TheSpectrum.com)
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