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Jul 24 2016

Trey Lyles

Update: N/A

Analysis: Lyles was unquestionably the Jazz's top player throughout summer league play, which was unsurprising given that he had the most NBA experience of any player on the roster. The 6-foot-10 forward connected on 15-of-33 (47%) of his three-point attempts and reached at least 20 points in all but one contest. With his dominating performance, it's reasonable to expect Lyles to make some further strides after a promising rookie season, but the ceiling for his production remains a bit limited if both Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are able to stay relatively healthy in 2016-17.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 12 2016

Rudy Gobert

Update: N/A

Analysis: The French national team was able to win its Olympic qualifier Sunday sans Gobert, but they'll have the Stifle Tower in the fold as the team looks to make a run in Rio. Gobert skipped out on France's qualifying games as a means of resting the injured right ankle he sustained late in the regular season with the Jazz, while also reducing his offseason workload in preparation of the 2016-17 campaign. He should be at full strength when the Olympics begin in August and will likely serve as France's starting center.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 02 2016

Trevor Booker

Update: N/A

Analysis: Booker will compete for a starting role at power forward for the Nets, who currently have Chris McCullough and Justin Hamilton as their primary players at the position. In Booker's two years with the Jazz, he was a significant bench player but he started just seven games. In Brooklyn, he'll look to see more than the 20.3 minutes per game he did with Utah the past two seasons. Last year he averaged 5.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game, shooting 49 percent from the field. The financial details and length of the contract have not yet been released.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 28 2016

Trey Lyles

Update: N/A

Analysis: Lyles will be one of the more accomplished players taking part in summer league, as he was a rotation player and occasional starter throughout his rookie season with the Jazz, averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game over 80 appearances. With Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert back in the fold for 2016-17, Lyles will likely be asked to serve as the Jazz's first big man off the bench.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 23 2016

Gordon Hayward

Update: N/A

Analysis: Hayward joins a long list of American players elected to sit out the games, including the likes of Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Andre Drummond and (likely) LeBron James. Instead, Hayward will continue to work out on his own this offseason with the hope of continuing his year-to-year improvement after averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game in 2015-16.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 08 2016

Alec Burks

Update: N/A

Analysis: Burks missed most of last season after fracturing his left fibula back in December. He was limited to just 31 games, sitting out all but three games after returning from the injury. This latest procedure isn't considered serious, and an official team release noted that Burks is expected back at full strength before training camp in the fall. Burks is expected to again serve in a sixth man role for the Jazz during the upcoming campaign, likely seeing minutes behind a starting backcourt of Dante Exum and Rodney Hood.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: OUT

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May 24 2016

Dante Exum

Update: N/A

Analysis: It's been nearly nine months since Exum underwent ACL reconstruction surgery, but his being cleared for contact is a positive sign that he'll be back to full health by the time training camp opens in the fall. The Australian point guard is still likely to sit out the 2016 Summer Olympics, but if his rehab continues to go as anticipated, he'll likely open the 2016-17 campaign in the Jazz's starting lineup.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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May 10 2016

Dante Exum

Update: N/A

Analysis: Exum was drafted with fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft with the assumption that he'd eventually serve as the team's long-term solution at point guard, and it appears the Jazz are prepping him for a full-time starting role in 2016-17. He missed all of the past season while recovering from an ACL tear, but is said to be progressing well through the rehab process, and should be at full health when the training camp begins in the fall. The Jazz received solid work from Shelvin Mack at point guard in the second half of last season, but because Exum's ceiling is considerably higher, the team seems more willing to let Exum learn on the fly once he returns to action.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Apr 21 2016

Alec Burks

Update: N/A

Analysis: Fortunately for Burks, he's still under contract with the Jazz for the next three years. With only 58 combined outings over the last two seasons, however, the 24-year-old's allure has worn away and his value will likely take a hit heading into next season. Additionally, the emergence of Rodney Hood at shooting guard has likely relegated Burks to a permanent role as sixth man off the bench while Dante Exum (knee) starts at point guard and Gordon Hayward at small forward. That said, Burks could certainly flourish in that role since he's a proven scorer who can also run the second unit. Despite multiple years of disappointment, Burks is still a viable option who can be taken during the back end of standard-sized drafts next season.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Apr 21 2016

Shelvin Mack

Update: N/A

Analysis: Mack made just 16 appearances for the Hawks this season at an average of only 6.8 minutes per game while firmly slotted behind both Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. Utah's lack of depth at point guard clearly showed when Mack was immediately inserted into the starting five over rookie Raul Neto on Feb. 21. However, Mack's path to playing time next season becomes more convoluted since Dante Exum (knee) and Alec Burks (knee) will both be back in the mix for significant playing time at point guard. In fact, Utah holds a team option for Mack's contract next season, so there's a possibility he won't even return if the organization intends to roll with a combination of Exum, Burks, Neto, and Trey Burke.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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