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Utah Jazz’s 3-game preseason schedule announced

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) celebrate after a Conley 3-point shot as the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Jazz won 123-101.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The games won’t count until Dec. 22, but the Utah Jazz will be back in action on Dec. 12.

The NBA on Friday released the 2020 preseason schedule, and the Jazz will open up their 3-game slate at home on the 12th against the Phoenix Suns, meaning All-Star guard Chris Paul’s first outing with the Suns after being traded there earlier this month will be against Utah.

The two teams will play again at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Dec. 14 before the Jazz close preseason play Dec. 17 on the road against the LA Clippers. The Jazz announced earlier this week that a limited number of fans will be allowed in Vivint Arena for games at the start of the regular season, but that will not be the case for the preseason contests.

While Utah starts preseason play on the 12th, the league will open the night before with five games.

The first part of the regular season schedule (it will be released in two parts, with the second coming during the season) has not yet been unveiled.

Training camp opens on Dec. 1.