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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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If Indianapolis can host an All-Star game, Salt Lake City can host one, too.

If you can’t get someone from your team voted to the All-Star game then you just bring the All-Star game to your state. That’s what Utah is doing. According to Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, the Utah Jazz are looking to host the NBA All-Star game in 2022 or 2023—provided the world lasts that long.

The Jazz are preparing to formally submit a bid during the next two to three weeks to host the festivities in 2022 or 2023.

“We like 2023 because it’ll be 30 years since we hosted so we like the symmetry of that,” said Jazz president Steve Starks.

“We’ve been working with the league on that so it’s something we’re excited to do with the investments into the organization and into facilities,” he added.

Jazz executive Don Stirling, VP of community and special events Kari Holt Larson, and Clay Partain of Visit Salt Lake have been heavily involved in putting together a compelling bid. The goal is to tell the unique story of Salt Lake City while dispelling some misconceptions.

“Compared to 30 years ago, our infrastructure is completely different,” said Starks. “So, the number of hotel rooms, we can check that box. The airport will be completed by then so we’ll have a billion dollar-plus renovation to the airport, we’ll have TRAX even further mature than it is now.”

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