Jazz notes: Utah exercises options on three players

Jazz notes: Utah exercises options on three players

PORTLAND, Ore. — Time is running out on a completing an extension on Rudy Gobert’s rookie deal before the early deadline, but the Utah Jazz did take care of some contract business on Monday.

As expected, the team exercised its fourth-year options on guards Dante Exum and Rodney Hood and also picked up the third-year option on forward Trey Lyles. That means all three players are under contract through the 2017-18 season.

The three young players are expected to have significant roles on the Jazz this season.

Exum is returning to play after having missed the entire 2015-16 campaign because of a Septemeber 2015 knee surgery. The 6-foot-6 point guard, whom the Jazz drafted fifth overall in 2014, averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists while appearing in all 82 games as a rookie.

Hood had a nice season for the Jazz last year, averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. The 24-year-old, who was drafted 23rd overall by Utah in 2014, was the third-highest-scoring second-year player in the league and also ended up hitting the second-most 3-pointers (161) in Jazz franchise history.

Lyles, a 6-10 power forward, totaled 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a rookie last year after being picked late in the lottery, 12th overall, by Utah.

JAZZ NOTES: This will be the 43rd season in franchise history. … Utah returns to Vivint Arena on Friday for its home opener against the Lakers. … Power forward Derrick Favors participated with the team in practice again on Monday after missing most of the preseason with a sore left knee and IT band issues. Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Favors, who isn’t expected to play in the season opener: “We’re gradually increasing his activity.” … Utah will also be without Gordon Hayward (broken finger) and Alec Burks (knee rehab) Tuesday at Portland.

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Published at Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:15:00 +0000