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Gail Miller Sends Message To Departing Jazz Players

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz owner or “Governor” Gail Miller put a full page ad in the local Utah newspapers to thank the players from last year’s team that will unlikely return this season.

The ad has “Thank You” in giant lettering with a photo of Derrick Favors.

Below the message has pictures of Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Raul Neto, Ekpe Udoh, Thabo Sefolosha and Grayson Allen.

The message in the ad to the players from Gail Miller says:

Derrick, for nearly 10 years you’ve represented our team in the best possible ways.

Your hard work and class, both on the court and in the community, continually set a high standard. You elevated your teammates — and the rest of us — along the way, and we can never thank you enough.

And to Ricky, Jae, Kyle, Raul, Ekpe, Thabo and Grayson, I want to express my deepest gratitude for all you’ve accomplished. You’ve played key roles in helping our team reach the playoffs, and you’ve spent countless hours enriching people’s lives in our community.Β 

My family and the Jazz organization are sincerely grateful for everything you’ve done for the Utah Jazz, and I wish you the best of luck as you move forward with your new teams.

Gail Miller

Rubio signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, Raul Neto joined the Philadelphia 76ers, Udoh signed a massive contract in China, Crowder in Memphis as a part of the Mike Conley trade as is Grayson Allen. Kyle Korver was traded to Memphis, then sent to Phoenix and was waived by the Suns and is a free agent.

Thabo Sefolosha is still a free agent.

KSL Sports made a tribute video for Favors as he departs for New Orleans after the Jazz trading the big man to the Pelicans.