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A few things you maybe didn’t know about Jazz’s two new additions

What the Jazz’s two new players — Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juancho Hernangomez — shared during introductory press conference Friday

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New Utah Jazz acquisitions Nickeil Alexander-Walker, left, and Juancho Hernangomez

New Utah Jazz acquisitions Nickeil Alexander-Walker, left, and Juancho Hernangomez during an introductory press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus in Salt Lake City on Feb. 11, 2022.

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On Wednesday the Utah Jazz completed a trade that brought Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juancho Hernangomez to Salt Lake City.

Alexander-Walker, drafted in 2019, has spent 212 seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and was traded Tuesday to the Portland Trail Blazers before being flipped and moved to the Jazz. He’s a defensive-minded guard who also is good playing in the pick-and-roll and plays well with the ball in his hands.

Hernangomez is in his sixth NBA season and has spent time with the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and most recently the San Antonio Spurs. He’s a pretty traditional power forward who is strong and can also shoot a bit from outside.

But who are the Jazz’s newest players off the court?

Alexander-Walker, cousin of the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, is a self-described foodie. In fact, on Friday morning he found out about a cooking class that Jazz executive chef Anthony Zamora is holding on Saturday for players that are interested and Alexander-Walker said that as soon as nutrition coordinator Taylor Call told him about it he was excited to join in.

“That’s my thing, restaurants, all types of food,” Alexander-Walker said. “I’m from Toronto, so I’m used to all different types of cuisine. I’d say my palate is very extensive.”

Hernangomez is from Spain and has played alongside former Jazz man Ricky Rubio for the Spanish national team. That’s included quite a few contests against the French national team and Rudy Gobert.

“I told him yesterday, ‘I hate to play against you but now we’re going to play together,’” Hernangomez said with a laugh. “That’s the fun part.”

Hernangomez described himself as a normal guy who likes being around his friends and playing video games. He considers Rubio a close friend and said that he’s only heard good things about the Jazz, Quin Snyder and all the players from his national team teammate.

“Ricky was in love with the city and with the team,” Hernangomez said. “He was happy for me and he texted me right away.”

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