Jazz Notes: Collin Sexton, Justin Zanik, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay

New Jazz guard Collin Sexton is a full go for training camp, leaving no doubt after missing all but 11 games with the Cavaliers following an MCL injury.

Collin Sexton
(Courtesy Utah Jazz)

That is good news for the Jazz, as Sexton averaged 24.3 points with the Cavs in 2020-21, proving that he’s a young player who can always fill it up. And after trading Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz are gonna need some points. Sexton can fill that void immediately.

Sexton was part of that deal, along with forward Lauri Markkanen and rookie wing Ochai Agbaji, and a bunch of picks — and Sexton recently said he’s happy and healthy and ready to roll.

Here’s more out of Utah:

  • GM Justin Zanik indicated the Jazz won’t be “tanking” on purpose. “We are going to try and win every single game. From the jump,” he said, via Tony Jones of The Athletic.
  • Zanik added that older players such as Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Jordan Clarkson will be a part of things. “Our veterans are here, they are in shape, and they are going to play,” Zanik said.
  • Meanwhile, Will Hardy admitted there will an adjustment after going from assistant with the Celtics to head coach with the Jazz. “I’m definitely more aware now that every day is sort of a moving target,” Hardy said, via Jones. “We have to be flexible and ready to adapt. That part is different than being an assistant.”
  • Conley said he is aiming for a bounce-back season of sorts. “Last year I didn’t think I played to my standard and what my team needed from me,” he said. “This is an opportunity to show what I’m still capable of doing.”
  • Like Conley and Clarkson, Gay has been the subject of trade rumors. “I’m here now, and after 17 years I still have something to prove,” Gay said.

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