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Jazz notes: 18,000-plus fans to benefit from team's generosity

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) drives around Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (19) as the Jazz and Suns play in Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart home arena on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) drives around Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (19) as the Jazz and Suns play in Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart home arena on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.
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SALT LAKE CITY — More than 18,000 fans will get a chance to watch a Utah Jazz basketball game in person this season thanks to donations made by a group of players and front-office personnel.

Alec Burks, Boris Diaw, Dante Exum, Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Joe Ingles and Trey Lyles have each purchased a block of 60 tickets to every game this season at Vivint Arena for local charities, youth organizations and schools.

That will help kids and nonprofit groups attend a game when they might not normally have the resources to do so.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey purchased a block of tickets that will be distributed as a reward for some exemplary school teachers and staff members.

Team president Steve Starks also bought tickets to donate to the local community.

“We are grateful to be able to give back to the community,” Starks said. “The Player Ticket Donation program is one small way to ‘go about doing good,’ in the words of Larry H. Miller, while supporting local youth.”

THREE OR FOUR?: Jazz coach Quin Snyder needs Joe Johnson to play mostly wing minutes now because of injuries to Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee), but the 35-year-old veteran will likely see time as a power forward in a small-ball lineup, too.

“Joe’s minutes and Joe’s position is going to be dictated on who we play with and who we play against,” Snyder said.

The Jazz coach said it also depends on when the team’s healthy. For now, Utah is deeper at the four with Derrick Favors, Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles.

“Our advantage last game (vs. Portland) was clearly with Joe at the three, not at the four,” Snyder said. “I think we’ll get better with Trey and Boris. I think both of those things are in store.”

NO SHOCKER: George Hill wasn’t at all surprised by the huge dunk Rodney Hood had in the Jazz’s season opener Tuesday at Portland. He hopes it isn’t the last time, either.

“He’s athletic enough to do that,” Hill said. “I’ll be looking for him to do that once a game, hopefully.”

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