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Morning links: Are the Jazz the biggest threat to the Warriors?; Alex Smith speaks on Colin Kaepernick

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) reacts after making a three-pointer late in the second half of an NBA regular season game against the Golden State Warriors at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) reacts after making a three-pointer late in the second half of an NBA regular season game against the Golden State Warriors at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
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With the start of the 2016-17 NBA season just around the corner, the Hype surrounding the potential of the Utah Jazz is off the charts.

Justin Rowan of Fansided's Hoops Hype shares why the Jazz just may be the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors.

He writes, "While it’s unlikely that any team will knock off the Warriors if everything goes to plan, the Utah Jazz may have the right combination of players to push them. If everything breaks their way, the young Jazz team could even put themselves in position to pull off a monumental upset."

He then goes on to explain why the Jazz could compete with Golden State.

While talking about the offseason moves made by the Jazz to bolster the roster, he continues, "When you factor the improved depth their roster possesses, the home-court advantage and the fact that the Warriors gutted a lot of their depth to sign (Kevin) Durant; you can begin to see how the Jazz could be a problem come the playoffs."

Alex Smith shares thoughts on Colin Kaepernick

Joel Thorman of SB Nation's Arrowhead pride shared the conversation of Kevin Kietzman and Alex Smith on 810 WHB. During a portion of the interview, Smith responded to questions about his former teammate Colin Kaepernick.

After talking about what he thinks about during the national anthem, Smith said, "Listen, he’s lived a completely different life. I’ve never walked in his shoes. For him, it represented something different."

Smith continued, "If anything has come out of this it’s what a great country we live in that you can voice your opinion, you have the right to do that, you have the right to protest. You don’t have to worry about your freedoms being taken."

Hayward the most underrated Jazz player

Matt Moore of CBS Sports broke down the most underrated player from all 32 NBA teams.

When it came to the Jazz, Moore had leading scorer Gordon Hayward as its most underrated player, saying, "That's right, the Jazz' best player is underrated. Hayward never gets mentioned among the top small forwards in the league, despite being a great defender and playmaker and an efficient scorer."

Four players with local ties made the list as former Jazz players C.J. Miles, Trevor Booker and Marvin Williams were listed as the most underrated for their respective teams while former University of Utah center Andrew Bogut earned the distinction for the Dallas Mavericks.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.