Lester Hudson was the last man to enter Jazz training camp, but it sounds like he’s got a pretty solid chance of sticking with the team. Utah would like a third point guard to help shore up their depth chart and right now it appears to be a two-horse race between Hudson and fellow one-guard Scott Machado. Here’s more out of the Northwest Division..
- Rookie Rudy Gobert is impressing coaches in practice and he could be a contributor for them sooner rather than later, writes Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune. “It depends on where his development is,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. “If he can help us in games, we’ll have him in games.”If he continues to grow like he has this first week, man, he’s been pretty good. Now we’ve got to get him against other competition — in game situations — and see how it transfers.” When Utah tabbed Gobert with the 27th pick, they viewed him as a long-term project, but he could be ready to make a difference this season.
- If the Blazers can get some tough play out of offseason acquisition Robin Lopez and others, they’ll have a chance at making the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, writes Sam Amico of FOXSports.com. Earlier today, Amico reported that Portland will consider Daniel Gibson after losing C.J. McCollum to injury.
- Jazz rookie Trey Burke is looking to be a vocal leader for the team this year, writes Bill Oram of The Salt Lake Tribune.