Eric Woodyard is a Deseret News sports writer covering the Utah Jazz. An award-winning sports journalist from Flint, Michigan, and a graduate of Western Michigan University, Woodyard appeared on ESPN’s “E:60" and “Outside the Lines” in 2016 and was awarded first place for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature categories in 2012 and 2015 by the Michigan Associated Press.

After painful exit from 2019 playoffs, Mitchell vowed to work harder in the offseason — and he has
Conley is set to continue his longtime tradition of wearing a headband, which in previous years would’ve been a big no-no.
Here are some notable highlights and games to watch for the 2019-20 season.
“Did they run out two guard numbers?” Eaton asked. “It was probably the last one in the box.”
2017 NBA draft classmates Donovan Mitchell, De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Kuzma are all fighting for roster spots on the USA men’s national team training camp for the World Cup this summer.
It wasn’t until mid-July during the summer of 2018 that Mitchell became medically cleared for any offseason activities. Things are much different this summer, though, with him being fully healthy.
“For sure. Come on, man. Yeah, that’s not even a question,” Stevenson said during his return to Utah with the Big 3 basketball league. “Jerry Sloan deserves all that for what he did for this organization.”
Former Weber State guard Franklin Session is now a member of Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball league.
In the midst of Kyle Kuzma’s Flint, Michigan, homecoming excitement, the Los Angeles Lakers forward sat down with Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Here is how it went.
“I think it has a stigma but every time I’ve come there, they’ve always come out even more than some of the cities you think they would come out in,” Ice Cube said of Utah. His Big 3 basketball league is headed to Vivint Arena on Saturday.
Utah will play its final game in Sin City at 2 p.m. MT Saturday versus the Charlotte Hornets on NBA TV.
“Nothing was ever given to me, so I earned everything I got … late nights in the gym and I’m just happy to be in this moment,” said Wright-Foreman, a native of Queens, New York.
After witnessing Bradley’s 17-point, seven-rebound performance from the stands, North Carolina coach Roy Williams made his way over to speak with the former Tar Heel center following the Jazz’s 97-93 victory.
“I’m so excited to be part of this organization and culture and one of the deepest rosters right now in the league,” Bogdanovic said during Monday’s introductory press conference in Sin City.
New Jazz members Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic participated in an introductory press conference Monday in Las Vegas. “Faith is big in my family and for me, I was never able to get distracted with all the things that were going on,” Conley said.
“Obviously, just rehabbing and doing everything I can to make sure I’m ready for the season,” Exum described his offseason. “It’s great. We’re going to have a great team and it’s just going to push everyone to get better.”
Deseret News sources confirmed that Udoh has agreed to a one-year deal with the Beijing Ducks in Beijing, China, as part of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Lamar Skeeter, Utah’s assistant/player development coach, led the team to a 2-1 record at Vivint Arena July 1-3 before it took off for the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where Johnnie Bryant then took over as the head coach.
Utah once played 11 home games at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center during the 1983-84 season to “make more money,” according to former head coach and executive Frank Layden. Now, summer league games are the only time they visit Sin City for action.
Joe Ingles denies rumors of needing a possible finger surgery on an injury totally unrelated to the dislocated middle finger he suffered during the season. He also chimes in on recent Jazz offseason acquisitions to the Deseret News’ Eric Woodyard.
Mudiay, 23, averaged a career-best 14.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting for the Knicks last season.
Green, 32, averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds last season for the Washington Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the field.
“I’m just finding ways to get better,” Mitchell said. On Saturday, he will leave for a worldwide trip to Asia, France and Germany with Adidas.
Neto appeared in just 37 games of the Jazz’s 50-win season last year to average 5.3 points and 2.5 assists on 46 percent shooting.
The Utah Jazz will sign Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal, the Deseret News confirmed Sunday.
All three draftees will see their first action with the Jazz starting next week during the 2019 Salt Lake City Summer League from July 1-3 at Vivint Arena.
Teams and players will begin free agent negotiations at 4 p.m. MDT on Saturday.
Ingles is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 12.1 points and 5.7 assists while starting all 82 games for the Jazz during their 50-win season.