The Danny Ainge era in Utah could already be starting off with a bang.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported this week that Jazz forward Joe Ingles is a name to watch going into the trade deadline. The report notes that rival executives have wondered what Utah would be able to get for Ingles and a first-round pick. Lowe adds that Ingles is on an expiring deal and has lost a bit of a step.
Ingles has been a mainstay in Utah since arriving in 2014, serving as one of their best three-point shooters and playmakers. But he is already 34 years old and is down to just 8.0 points and 3.5 assists a game this season. Ingles is also less of a necessity with new depth pieces such as Rudy Gay and Eric Paschall capable of playing the forward spot off the bench for the Jazz.
Utah already faced similar trade rumors over the past offseason. With Ingles slowing down, a new alternate governor and CEO joining the front office in Ainge, and the team needing to capitalize on their championship window, it would not be surprising to see the veteran forward on a new team come the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
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Donovan Mitchell had a scapegoat in mind for the incident that resulted in four players being ejected from Thursday’s Utah Jazz-Indiana Pacers game.
Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert were ejected for their skirmish with four minutes left in Indiana’s 111-100 win over Utah. Joe Ingles was also ejected for making contact with a referee, while Mitchell got tossed as well.
There were four total ejections — three from Utah’s side. The Jazz were confused about why Mitchell was among those ejected.
Mitchell blamed the officials for the fight, saying the refs failed to take charge of the situation earlier.
Mitchell also said the situation could have been avoided.
Utah is 8-4 following the loss, while Indiana is 5-8.
After another early playoff exit, the Utah Jazz may be shaking up the snow globe a bit this offseason.
The Action Network’s Matt Moore reports this week that some league sources think Jazz forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles could be available for trade if the team can get a significant upgrade. Moore notes however that other executives believe the Jazz are indicating that they plan to run it back with their core next season. In any case, Utah has been open to trade discussions, and the consensus is that they are at least eager to move big man Derrick Favors.
Trading away either Bogdanovic or Ingles would certainly be a major move on the Jazz’s end. The latter is part of their homegrown core with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert on top of being one of their top playmakers and three-point shooters. The former arrived more recently but started all 72 games for the Jazz this season and has 20-point-per-game scoring upside.
Utah did have the NBA’s best record in the regular season but lost in the second round to a hobbled LA Clippers team. Bogdanovic and Ingles aside, they do seem intent on retaining another core player this offseason.
Paul George was not having it with a reporter who tried to “Jingle” him.
The LA Clippers forward dropped a playoff-high 31 points on six threes in a crucial win over the Utah Jazz in Saturday’s Game 3. After the game, George received a question about his relationship with Jazz forward Joe Ingles.
“I don’t care about him,” George replied bluntly, per Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated. “Next question.”
George vs. Ingles is a storyline that many have been watching during the second-round playoff series. The two have a history of beef dating back to 2018 when George was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But Ingles recently sounded uninterested in rekindling the feud. The same seems doubly true for George, whose Clippers are focused on trying to climb out of a second consecutive 0-2 hole this postseason.
Many see Joe Ingles as Paul George’s archnemesis in the NBA. But Ingles himself does not see much there anymore.
The Utah Jazz forward Ingles had a funny quote this week about his supposed beef with LA Clippers counterpart George.
“The whole narrative of Paul George vs. Joe Ingles is a little bit old in my mind,” said Ingles, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s Jazz vs. Clippers now … I personally don’t read into the 1-on-1 stuff. That was three years ago. My twins could barely speak then, and now they annoy the hell out of me.”
The bad blood between the two dates back to 2018 when George was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ingles and George clashed in their first-round playoff series, which Utah eventually won in six games. George shot just 40.8 percent from the field with Ingles as a primary defender, including a 2-for-16 performance in the final game of the series.
Now the two are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since then with Ingles’ Jazz taking the opening game of the series on Tuesday. George does have some legitimate feuds elsewhere in the NBA. But whatever issues he had with Ingles now sound like a thing of the past.
Joe Ingles is getting the last laugh on a troublemaking young whippersnapper.
The Utah Jazz forward took to Twitter on Saturday and hilariously called out a skateboarding teen who peed on his property. Unbeknownst to the youngster, Ingles’ security cameras caught everything.
Ingles, who was averaging 9.8 points and 5.2 assists per game this season, is the oldest player on the Jazz, set to turn 33 later this year. That probably means he has especially little patience for annoying teenage antics.
The Australia native also has no problem calling people out on their nonsense, so that teenager better think twice next time before bringing that weak stuff into Ingles’ paint (or at least his front lawn).
Joe Ingles is setting the record straight about some comments of his that went somewhat viral this week.
The Utah Jazz forward was quoted earlier in the week as saying that he was willing to “walk away” from the NBA to protect his family, the implication being that he might not play for the Jazz again this season, even if it were to resume. Ingles took to Twitter on Friday to clarify the remarks.
“For context, I said this over 2 months ago when we knew nothing about the virus & what it could do,” wrote Ingles. “I know the Jazz/NBA would only have us play if they were confident that everyone’s health has been put first. When it’s safe to go back and play, I will not let my teammates down!”
The 32-year-old Ingles, a major contributor for the No. 4-seeded Jazz, hails from Australia. For him to make those comments over two months ago is understandable given how adversely his team was affected at the time. It is also understandable that Ingles’ position may have changed since then now that more information has become available.
The NBA continues to gain momentum towards a potential resumption of the 2019-20 season, but that may not matter for Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles.
Peter Mitchell of the Australian Associated Press quoted Ingles this week as saying that he is prepared to “walk away, fly to Australia, never play another game in my life, and be very content with it” in order to protect his family. Mitchell notes that Ingles’ wife Renae is pregnant with their third child and his 4-year-old son Jacob has autism and a weakened immune system.
“It’s not worth it,” said Ingles of practicing at the Jazz team facility in a recent appearance on 1280 The Zone in Utah. “I have a gym, I have everything I can do. As for basketball, it’s a bit more difficult, but I think that as we go ahead and find out more information about it, it will be easier to make a decision. But I am in no way willing to risk my children, and Renae, and everything else, to go play basketball.”
Ingles, who was averaging 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game this season, is a very vital piece for the Jazz, the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference at the time that play was suspended. The team was also dealt a major blow this week with the news of second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic undergoing season-ending wrist surgery.
When it comes to the NBA resuming play, one location in particular is gaining steam as a possible bubble site to host league activities. But even that proposal would entail risk, and Ingles illustrates the understandable hesitance that many, especially those with families, may have about picking up the season.
The Utah Jazz have lost three in a row and eight of their last 12, and that’s leading to a major change in their lineup.
The Jazz are benching Joe Ingles in favor of Royce O’Neale effective Wednesday. An original report said Mike Conley Jr. was being benched, but that report was later changed to say Ingles was hitting the second team.
Conley was a huge offseason addition for the Jazz, but he hasn’t been great for them. The guard has averaged just 13.4 points per game, his worst mark in eight years, and a modest 4.1 assists per game. The team believes adding O’Neale will give them a well-rounded lineup.
The Jazz have slid down to the fifth spot in the Western Conference during their recent struggles. They’ll be hoping the move to go to O’Neale helps reverse course.
Joe Ingles definitely does not look like your average NBA star, and apparently opposing coaches think the same thing as well.
Speaking Monday before their game against the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey gave some thoughts on the sharpshooting Jazz forward.
“He looks like he’s slow, can’t move, and has a bartender-type look,” joked Casey, according to Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune. “But he’s a legit star in our league.”
Despite his unassuming appearance, Ingles is one of Utah’s most important players. His ability to do a bit of everything is reflected in his season averages of 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game on 40.9 percent from deep. Ingles has also been particularly valuable to the Jazz the last few weeks with the injury to guard Mike Conley shifting him into the starting lineup.
The 32-year-old Australian is also one heck of a trash talker, and the list of reasons to love him just continues to grow.