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Gail Miller uses full-page ad to thank Favors, other Jazz players

Gail Miller uses full-page ad to thank Favors, other Jazz players

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz owner thanked long-time Jazzman Derrick Favors for his almost-10 years with the team with a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Salt Lake Tribune.

“Your hard work and class, both on the court and in the community, continually set a high standard,” Miller said in the ad. “You elevated your teammates—and the rest of us—along the way, and we can never thank you enough.”

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The ad also expressed Miller’s gratitude for players Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder, Raul Neto, Ekpe Udoh, Thabo Sefolosha Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen; all eight players were either traded or released by the Jazz this offseason.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude for all you’ve accomplished. You’ve played key roles in helping our team reach the playoffs, and you’ve spent countless hours enriching people’s lives in our community,” Miller said in the ad.

Favors came to Utah as part of the trade with the Brooklyn Nets that sent guard Deron Williams to New York in 2010-11 and was the longest-tenured member of the Jazz.

He averaged 12 points and over seven rebounds per game last season and was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for two second-round picks.

Rubio signed with the Suns while Allen, Korver and Crowder were traded to Memphis for guard Mike Conley Jr.

Neto signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Donovan Mitchell debuts new Spider-Man inspired shoes from Adidas

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SALT LAKE CITY –Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is unveiling his new Spider-Man inspired shoes, which become available later this summer.

Adidas and Marvel announced the Jazz stars’ signature sneakers Wednesday.

D.O.N. Issue #1 draws its name from the mindset Mitchell brings to life, a press release states.

“Determination Over Negativity is a belief that anything is possible no matter who you are or where you come from,” Mitchell said. “I wanted this sneaker to be a symbol of that – for the kid who believes they can do anything.”

The release includes four shoes featuring Marvel Super Hero colorways. The descriptions of each shoe from the press release are below:

  • MARVEL’S AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: A red, blue, and white colorway with webbing detailed across the side pays homage to the one and only Spider-Man, and the latest film installment in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise.
  • SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: Shock pink, core black, white and silver, with teeth as fierce as the character. Available July 18.
  • STEALTH SPIDER-MAN: Black and green with glow in the dark details. Available Aug. 1.
  • MARVEL’S IRON SPIDER: Red and metallic gold to honor the legendary Iron Spider. Available Aug. 31.

Utah Jazz to acquire Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, give up three players and draft picks

SALT LAKE CITY —  Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is taking his talents to the Utah Jazz.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Memphis will receive Jazz guards Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen as well as small forward Jae Crowder in the deal.

Conley tweeted about the trade Wednesday, saying it’s time for another chapter and he’s “Excited to give all I have to the Jazz and Salt Lake City.”

Donovan Mitchell tweeted a welcome to Conley. He said, “Welcome to the squad brotha let;s get it!!”

Wojnarowski’s tweet indicates the Jazz will also give Memphis the 23rd pick in Thursday’s draft and a protected 2020 first-round pick.

Click here for more on the trade and what it means for the Jazz from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Royce O’Neale meets young Jazz fans at basketball clinic in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz kicked off its summer programming for kids Monday with a Rookie Clinic at West High School.

It’s something that many kids say they’ve been looking forward to this summer.

During the camp on Monday, Jazz player Royce O’Neale made a special appearance to shake hands, sign autographs, and take questions from the kids.

This is the first time 7th-grader Colton Williams has attended a Rookie Camp. He says meeting O’Neale is a dream come true.

“It felt like someone offered me a million dollars, it’s probably even better than that,” Colton said.

O’Neale said he enjoys the camp just as much as the kids do.

“It makes me more excited, you know, I feel good, just the kids having a great time is all I care for,” O’Neale said.

Williams was going through basketball drills when he heard a special guest was going to be coming to the camp. He said he couldn’t contain his excitement when he heard that guest was Royce O’Neale.

“When he said autographs, I didn’t know what to say: I was speechless. I was just so excited,” Colton said.

O’Neale said he appreciates the passion from his fans.

“Just hearing their feedback, them saying they’re my biggest fans, just little things like that, make me feel even better,” O’Neale said.

Rookie camps are open to boys and girls ages 4-14. Coaches help each player learn and develop the skills they need to compete and have confidence on the court.

“Just have fun with it, love to play basketball, I know I do,” O’Neale said.

While Colton says he’s excited to learn new skills, meeting O’Neale was the best day of his life.

“Thank you to my grandma for signing me up for this and buying it for me,” he said.

O’Neale will now hit the road for the annual Junior Jazz Summer Road Trip to visit other clinics across the state of Utah.

To register for a camp, click here.

Utah State’s Queta joins Jazz for pre-draft workout

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz finally tested out a draft hopeful with local ties Saturday morning.

Within months, Neemias Queta went from an unknown freshman to guiding Utah State to its best season in years. The Portugal native tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

Queta received the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards and elected to make an exploratory leap to the next level after only one season at USU.

On top of his workout with the Jazz, he also got a coveted invite to next week’s draft combine.

Queta does have options — if it doesn’t work out this year, he can return to the Aggies before May 29.

“He’s still got a young body. He’s gonna have to get a lot stronger. He got pushed around a little bit today,” said Walt Perrin, Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel. “We don’t advise underclassmen what to do. We tell them what we think in terms of what they need to work on and how they may translate to the NBA and what they could do if they go back to college … It’s their decision.”


Jazz fans to welcome team home at airport

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz fans are planning to welcome the team home at the airport following Utah’s exit from the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

According to fans on Twitter, the team will land around 1:41 a.m. Thursday morning at 135 2400 West in Salt Lake City but could be delayed.

The Jazz fell 100-93 to Houston in Game 5 of their playoff series Wednesday night.

Utah Jazz eliminated from 2019 NBA Playoffs

HOUSTON – The Utah Jazz fell 100-93 to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Houston won the series 4-1 and will face the winner of the Golden State vs. Los Angeles series in the second round.

Royce O’Neale led the Jazz with 18 points; Ricky Rubio had 17 points and 11 assists and Jae Crowder added 15 points in the loss.

Donovan Mitchell finished the night 4-for-22 from the field and 0-for-9 from 3-pointer range.

Utah trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter after leading by seven with 3:26 to play in the second quarter.

The Rockets ended the first half on a 14-3 run to take a 46-42 lead to the locker room and opened the second half with a 10-2 run.

The Jazz chipped away at Houston’s lead and Rubio tied the game at 75-75 in the fourth quarter and a layup from George Niang gave Utah a 77-75 lead with 9:00 to play.

However, Chris Paul scored 5-straight points to put the Rockets up 85-80.

A 3-pointer from Crowder made it 92-91 with just over 2:00 to play, but Rubio missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would have given Utah a 2-point lead with 1:09 to play.

The Jazz finished 9-for-38 (24%) from downtown and had 15 turnovers in the loss.

It’s déjà vu for the Jazz, who were eliminated by the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of a playoff series for the second-straight season.

Donovan Mitchell assists at crash scene a day before leading Jazz to win against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was the hero Monday night for thousands of Jazz fans as he led the team in a fourth-quarter rally to stave off elimination. 

But that was at least the second act of heroism Mitchell carried out in recent days, as he stopped to help at the scene of a car crash on Sunday.

“I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained to Salt Lake Tribune.

Visit the Salt Lake Tribune for the full story. 

A previous version of this story indicated the crash occurred Monday before Game 4.

Jazz avoid elimination with win over Rockets in game four

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 win over the Houston Rockets and avoid being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The Jazz trailed 79-76 after the third quarter, but they started the the final period on a 15-1 run—with 13 of those points coming from Mitchell during that stretch—to take control of the game.

“We’ve had our backs against the wall plenty of times the past two years we’ve been together as a team,” Mitchell said. “This is familiar ground with us. Everybody responded the way we expected them to, but the biggest thing for us is take what we did today and multiply it..”

Jae Crowder and Ricky Rubio helped the Jazz get off to a great start. Crowder scored the first nine points of the game for the Jazz, and scored 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter.

Rubio had 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter, as the Jazz jumped out to a 30-16 lead.

“We have heart,” Rubio said. “We can go there and lose, but it’s not who we are believing that this is just, okay, don’t get swept and that’s it. This is us believing that we can do bigger things. We believe we can do it.”

Game five is Wednesday in Houston.