Western Notes: Novak, Tucker, Hawes

July 4 at 9:54pm CDT By Eddie Scarito

The Jazz were looking for a sharpshooting veteran big man going into free agency, as Jody Genessy of the Deseret News heard (Twitter link), and with the team’s agreement to trade for Steve Novak, it appears that’s just what it has. Utah envisions Novak as a stretch power forward, notes Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune (on Twitter).

Here’s more from out west:

  • The Jazz were also high on Novak’s plus-minus numbers from recent years, according to Jones (Twitter link).
  • With Novak reportedly on his way to Utah, Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune looks at what the player brings to the Jazz.
  • Some teams have inquired about the possibility of a sign and trade for the Suns restricted free agent  P.J. Tucker, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
  • Spears also tweets that Tucker is receiving interest from teams, but they’re hesitant to make an offer due to fears that it will be matched by Phoenix.
  • Spencer Hawes passed on an offer from the Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets. Portland moved on from that rejection and signed Chris Kaman, according to the tweet.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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