Northwest Notes: Jazz, Rivers, Stotts, Bazley, Timberwolves

Joe Ingles | AP images

The Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz may have two Sixth Man of the Year candidates, as exemplified in their 111-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

Those men — guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Joe Ingles, writes Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.

“If you had to sum up these two players, it might be this simple: Joe Ingles makes his baskets look easy, while Jordan Clarkson makes his baskets look hard,” Larsen opined.

Either way, both have been extra efficient in helping the Jazz hold down the West’s top spot. It makes you wonder if the NBA would be willing to hand out a co-Sixth Man of the Year award.

More from the Northwest

  • As expected, veteran guard Austin Rivers has signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets, as relayed Michael Singer of the Denver Post. The Nuggets are hopeful Rivers will help add a boost to the backcourt after the ACL tear to Jamal Murray.

  • As an aside, Rivers is indeed eligible for the playoff roster since he wasn’t on an NBA roster after April 9.

  • Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts could be on the infamous hot seat given the team’s fairly uneven season. While the Blazers are in the mix for a top-four playoff seed (they’re currently sixth), the team will take a “long, hard look” at whether Stotts is the man to take them to another level, wrote Jason Quick of The Athletic.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Darius Bazley continues to give evidence he is on the rise, our Kade Kimble writes in his latest recap of the happenings surrounding the team.

  • While the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves to baseball legend Alex Rodriguez and entrepreneur Marc Lore isn’t yet official, there’s reason to believe the current owner Glenn Taylor’s promise that the franchise won’t relocate, writes Lee Schafer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

About the Author

Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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