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"We liked him, he had a good workout for us, shot the ball well, we loved him as a defender with his athleticism and his wingspan, but we didn't think we could get as high as we needed to get him," Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant told CBS Sports. "So when he started dropping and then suddenly he was there and the call for the trade came though, it was like, OK, let's go get him. In the draft, unless you have one of the top few picks, you have to get lucky. You can love a guy and think you're going to get him and then, boom, somebody else grabs him. All the stars have to line up. And for us, they did, and we got our guy."

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SALT LAKE CITY — When the Utah Jazz play the Phoenix Suns Friday night in the first of a four-game road trip that will take them up to next Thursday’s NBA’s trade deadline, they’ll try to balance the concepts of taking the good that came from a big victory with the understanding that they need to move on to the next game.

Following their 30-point win Tuesday night over the mighty Golden State Warriors, the Jazz will face a Suns team that is just 18-34.

“You don’t want to just forget about it,” head coach Quin Snyder said after the team practiced Thursday. “You want to move on from it in the sense that there’s some sense of accomplishment. How you got there and how you played, you need to understand the things that we did that we want to do again. It’s a question of repeating it. The more you do it, the more it becomes who you are. Hopefully games like that can give you some confidence.”

Notable among things Utah did well Tuesday, players pointed to the fact that they had a singular and unified mindset throughout the game.

“We were so focused,” Ricky Rubio said afterward. “We played against them a few weeks ago and we had a good first half, but then we lost focus. Tonight was 48 minutes of focus, and it was great.”

On the offensive end, the Jazz shot incredibly well from behind the 3-point line (14 of m28). While that probably won’t be sustainable over a long stretch, they were successful in sharing the ball, racking up 25 assists.

Additionally, Utah defended very well, something it has done throughout its three-game winning streak.

“We were in sync defensively, and I think that’s the biggest thing,” Donovan Mitchell said Monday. “For 48 minutes, we were locked in and focused.”

Snyder acknowledged that making shots helps the defense get going.

“People say, ‘Why aren’t you defending?’ Sometimes when you’re not scoring, you’re playing transition defense instead...
The Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Simmons tied for the lead among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (17.1 ppg) and led all first-year NBA players in assists (6.7 apg) in January. He also paced East rookies in steals (1.42 spg), ranked second among all rookies in field goal percentage (59.7) and added 5.3 rebounds. The 6-10 guard/forward helped the 76ers post a 7-5 record, including two wins over the San Antonio Spurs and one each against the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors. On Jan. 24, Simmons reached a triple-double early in the third quarter and finished with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists in a 115-101 home win over the Chicago Bulls.

Mitchell won the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for the second month in a row. In January, he led all rookies in scoring (22.2 ppg) and steals (1.54 spg) to go with 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The 6-3 guard scored 20 points or more in eight of 13 games, including two games with at least 30 points. In his final two games of January, Mitchell scored 26 points in a 97-93 victory at the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 26, followed by 20 points, four assists and four steals in a 129-99 home win over the Golden State Warriors. Those two victories gave Utah a 6-7 record for the month.

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Nikola Mirotic will not become a member of the Utah Jazz before next week’s NBA trade deadline.

Multiple outlets reported Thursday morning that the Chicago Bulls forward will be sent to the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Bulls will also send a 2018 second-round pick to the Pelicans, while New Orleans will send Chicago a 2018 first-round pick, Omer Asik, Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson.

The deal ends what became a tumultuous situation in the Windy City for Mirotic after he and teammate Bobby Portis got in a fight during practice before the season started, with Portis punching Mirotic, causing facial fractures.

Since then, Mirotic has wanted out of the Bulls organization. On Jan. 8, Wojnarowski reported that the Jazz were a team the stretch forward was interested in playing for, and his ability to hit shots from downtown would have been of benefit to Utah.

Because of a clause in his contract, Mirotic essentially was able to control where he was traded to. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Bulls and Pelicans had reached a deal for him, but he originally squashed it.

Mirotic has one more season on his contract after this one for $12.5 million, according to Basketball Insiders.

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Joe Johnson has been seeking a trade from the Utah Jazz to play for a playoff contender. Johnson signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the Jazz in 2016. Johnson missed a few games earlier in the season with a wrist injury. If the Jazz don't find a trade for Johnson, he could become a buyout ...

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