Correction: An earlier version of this article said the Jazz signed Erik Murphy. They signed Kevin Murphy.
The Jazz drafted Kevin Murphy No. 47 in 2012, kept him for a season and then last summer traded him to the Warriors, who waived him.
But Utah isn’t finished with the shooting guard out of Tennessee Tech who has since spent time overseas and in the D-League.
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At $840,000, Murphy will make a little more than his minimum ($816,482). Likewise, Dee Bost and Jack Cooley will each make $525,000 – a little more than their $507,336 minimums.
But it’s likely most of those contracts won’t last past training camp. It’s the guarantees that matter most here, and $65,000 is a nice payday for players of that caliber.
Bost (undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2012), Cooley (undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2013) and Motum (undrafted out of Washington State in 2013) have no NBA experience.
The Jazz have 13 guaranteed contracts plus Murphy, Bost, Cooley and Motum. So, Utah could keep between zero and four of them.
Three – maybe four – of them could get waived by the Jazz and then sent directly to the Idaho Stampede, Utah’s D-League affiliate. However, any NBA team could sign those waived players to an NBA contract. This would just give the Jazz greater control of the players’ development, and perhaps a little loyalty, in the interim.
LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for most points scored in NBA playoff history on Thursday night during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the Boston Celtics, 135-102.
After the game, LeBron and his teammates took to the podium to speak on their accomplishment of making it to yet another Finals as they settle in for a rematch with the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron was humble about his accomplishment, crediting Jordan for driving him to play the game of basketball as well as shaping his own game.
“I wear the number  because of Mike. I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike,” said James. “When you’re growing up and you’re seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god.”
James and the Cavaliers will take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 1.
LeBron James is on his way to his 7th-straight Finals after the Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics, 135-102, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night.
The game was out of hand from the beginning, with the Cavaliers scoring a franchise playoff high 75 points in the first half.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Tyronn Lue emptied out his bench and we got to see some of the Cavaliers garbage time guys get run. One of those guys was James Jones, 36, who has been around so long he was a rookie with Reggie Miller in Indiana.
He also dunked!
Let’s all just bask in the glory that is that putback dunk and in our little vacation until the Finals start on June 1.
Let’s line it up and run it again. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are going to meet in the 2017 NBA Finals after LeBron James and the Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday, 135-102.
It wasn’t much of a contest from the outset as Cleveland looked determined to put away their opponent. The Cavaliers played strong, shot well from 3-point range, and forced the Celtics into 18 turnovers over the course of the game.
The Cavaliers set a franchise playoff record in the first half, scoring 75 points in the first two periods. LeBron had 20 before the third quarter started, putting him just inches away from passing Michael Jordan to top the list for most points scored in NBA playoff history.
That moment came in the third quarter, with James dropping in a sweet 3-pointer from the left side of the arc to push him past Jordan. LeBron finished the game with 35 points, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range will adding eight assists, eight rebounds, and three steals.
Kyrie Irving was another bright spot for the Cavaliers, scoring 24 points to go along with seven assists. Kevin Love added 15 points, and Deron Williams had a rejuvenation off the bench with 14.
For Boston, yet another game without Isaiah Thomas forced their offense into stagnation. Avery Bradley — who had a considerable series in an effort that should not be overlooked — scored 20 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Gerald Green was Boston’s second-leading scorer in a bench role, adding 14 points.
Now we get to wait until June 1, when what seemed an inevitability way back in training camp has indeed come to pass. The Warriors get their shot at redemption after the worst breakdown in NBA playoff history, and the Cavaliers get a chance to solidify themselves over their peers and galvanize LeBron’s position as the best player of a generation.
The Finals don’t start for anther week. We’ll all be champing at the bit to see if Cleveland really does have what it takes to guard the Warriors offense. Likewise, a top defensive team in Golden State will need to prepare themselves for the LeBron that showed up against the Celtics in Game 1 and 2.
LeBron James is now above Michael Jordan in one very important, objective area. On Thursday night against the Boston Celtics, LeBron passed Michael Jordan for the most playoff points scored in NBA history.
James’ historic moment came in the third quarter of Game 5, with the Cavaliers up by double-digits.
LeBron passed Jordan with a 3-pointer that came from the left side of the arc.
The Cavaliers look poised to meet the Golden State Warriors yet again in the NBA Finals.