On Jazz management giving him (George Hill) a directive to fill a much-needed leadership void:
“Definitely so. They said that’s one thing they wanted more of — a vocal leader here. I think Gordon (Hayward) is a great leader, but he’s more of a lead by example. He’s a very quiet guy, but he works extremely hard and everyone sees that. Everyone feeds off of that, but I’m just trying to bring a different aspect. He’s a lead-by-example-type of a guy. I’m a lead-by-example guy but also vocal because I’m the point guard. You need the point guard to be vocal. That’s my job and that’s all I’m trying to do here.”
Source: Joe Freeman of the Deseret News
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.