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Report: Jazz to tell free agents their story

The Utah Jazz won't land one of the top 2015 free agents, however they can still sign someone who can help the team improve next season. The team has a game plan in place for when they talk with free agents.

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Report: Jazz will be a small player when free agency starts

Free agency opens on Wednesday morning and while many teams will be seeking out top talent, the Utah Jazz are going the other way. The team will concentrate on developing its own young players.

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Report: Pleiss in town to talk with Jazz

The Utah Jazz own the rights to German center Tibor Pleiss, the number No. 31 pick in the 2010 draft, and he has arrived in Salt Lake City to begin negotiations with the club.

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Trey Lyles makes sense for Jazz

The Kentucky power forward is the perfect compliment to the frontcourt Utah already has in place. Add in a scoring threat in second-rounder Olivier Hanlan, and the Jazz earn a thumbs-up from ESPN's Kevin Pelton. Draft thumbs-up or thumbs-down

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Grantland: NBA draft winners and losers

Grantland's Chris Ryan and Andrew Sharp detail the strong moves made by Pat Riley and Mitch Kupchak and the excitement Mario Hezonja will bring to the Magic, but they aren't so sure about the draft plans of the Pacers, Celtics, Jazz and Wizards.

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Lyles and Utah a perfect marriage

Trey Lyles' "unsexy" playing style is a perfect fit for the Jazz and if his shot develops, he'll complement Utah's roster even better. After adding a few good shooters in the second round, the Jazz earn a B-plus grade from Chad Ford. Ford's complete draft grades (Insider)

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Thumbs-up or thumbs-down on every team's picks

The Timberwolves, Lakers and 76ers made splashes with the first three selections. How did they -- and the rest of the league -- do Thursday? Our NBA writers assess every team's draft picks.

Diez brings toughness to Utah

Fran Fraschilla: "From where he's picked, I absolutely love this guy. This guy would swim across the Atlantic to play in the NBA. He's got toughness; an excellent rebounder for his size. ... Don't be surprised if earlier than later, he makes the Jazz."

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Jazz: Boston College SG Olivier Hanlan selected with 42nd pick in NBA Draft

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Lyles a bit of a surprise pick for Jazz

Jay Bilas: "Trey Lyles has got a lot of potential. I think he's a 4, I don't project him as a [small forward]. ... He needs to extend his range. He is not a 3-point shooter." As for Jalen Rose: "My comparison [for Lyles] is Carlos Boozer."

NBA Prospect: Trey Lyles

Chad Ford breaks down Trey Lyles' skill set as Lyles gets set to enter the NBA.

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Insider profile: Trey Lyles

Lyles played out of position at small forward during his lone season at Kentucky, but was still effective on the glass. His greatest skill is a high basketball IQ. Lyles averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.4 blocks a game this season. Good mid-range game

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Lyles picked 12 overall by Utah

The Jazz select Trey Lyles (Kentucky) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

On the clock: Utah Jazz

Utah had the best defensive rating after the All-Star break and a starting lineup with an average age of 22. The last time the Jazz pick 12th, they snagged Alec Burks in 2011.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell take center stage at the 2015 NBA Draft; live at 7 pm ET on ESPN

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Jazz set to take best player on board

With capable starters at all five positions, Utah can truly go in any direction with the No. 12 pick. Chad Ford has them taking Kentucky's Trey Lyles, who he believes will be the best player available to them. Lyles is reliable and would give the team good frontcourt depth. Ford's final mock (Insider)

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Top cat: Timberwolves take Towns at No. 1

The Timberwolves selected big man Karl-Anthony Towns out of Kentucky with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game95.126th
Rebounds Per Game44.011th
Assists Per Game19.929th
Points Allowed94.91st

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-153844.463
2013-142557.304
2012-134339.524
2011-123630.545
2010-113943.475

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