Bogdanovic Injury, Perrin Leaves, And The NBA Returning
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL Sports Ben Anderson and the Deseret News Sarah Todd discussed the latest news surrounding the NBA and the Utah Jazz in the newest episode of the Jazz Notes podcast. There was plenty to cover between Bojan Bogdanovic wrist injury, Walt Perrin’s departure for New York, and the NBA nearing a return.
You can listen to the episode here.
Bojan Bogdanovic’s Wrist Injury
On Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced Bogdanovic was having surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his wrist. The Croatian has had a breakout season with the Jazz as one of the league’s best three-point threats.
“He’s been one of their most clutch players this season,” Todd said of Bogdanovic. “So if the NBA comes back, he won’t be there for the playoffs. And, it’s gonna really shorten their rotation and kind of make them a little weak at the four spot.”
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The Jazz lack depth in the frontcourt behind Bogdanovic. After trading Jeff Green early in the season, third-year forward has assumed the majority of the minutes.
“I would imagine the starting lineup would be Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles at the three, and then Royce O’Neal at the four,” Anderson suggested. “And then Gobert at the five. I think that’s what you have to do at this point. But a that’s not a lineup we’ve seen much at all for this Jazz team.”
Walt Perrin Leaving For New York
Bogdanovic wasn’t the team’s only departure this week. Vice President of Player Personnel Walt Perrin left the team to become the Assitant General Manager of the New York Knicks. Perrin has been a staple of the Jazz draft preparation for the last two decades.
“It doesn’t seem like the Jazz are going to be beating down doors anywhere else to try and replace him right away,” Anderson said. “I think the Jazz probably feel like they can cover their bases in house.”
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Perrin was first hired by Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey’s predecessor Kevin O’Connor.
“It’s really good for the Knicks because they get a guy who has such a good reputation,” Todd said. “[Perrin is known] for developing talent, and it’s not something that they’ve been very good at in the past.”
The NBA’s Pending Return
The Disney World Resort in Orlando appears to be gaining steam towards hosting the NBA’s return. While there’s a slew of issues to be resolved, both Anderson and Todd think it’s a strong step that the league plans to crown a champion.
Wojnarowski reported that NBA teams are expecting to have new guidelines to bring players back to their practice facilities on June 1.
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“The Jazz have Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, and Mike Conley. At least those three are outside of Utah right now,” Todd said. “So, they bring them back and place them in quarantine for two weeks in the local market. Then, do one or two weeks of individual workouts and then two or three weeks of sort of a training camp that leads into games being played.”
If teams can start to bring their players back together in early June, Anderson suspected the league could have live games by mid-July.
“If the guidelines change on June 1, and by June 5, you can start bringing players back then by June 20, roughly, you could probably open up,” Anderson suggested. “That mini-camp is 25 days they’ve said. They’ve targeted 11 days of conditioning and two weeks of an actual normal training camp. Then, you get back and do some kind of play, whether that’s the regular season, whether they call them preseason games before the playoffs. That would signal a July 15, maybe a July 20 return date.”
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