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Friday, July 5, 2013

Warriors trade ex-Jayhawk Rush to Utah

Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, left, and Brandon Rush smile as they walk down court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., March 13, 2012. The Warriors won 115-89.

Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, left, and Brandon Rush smile as they walk down court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., March 13, 2012. The Warriors won 115-89.

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Former Kansas University guard/forward Brandon Rush — who tore an anterior cruciate ligament just two games into the 2012-13 season — will make his comeback with the Utah Jazz.

The 27-year-old Kansas City, Mo., native, who started on KU’s 2008 NCAA title team, on Friday was traded from Golden State to Utah with Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and two first-round draft picks (2014, 2017). In return, the Warriors received Utah shooting guard Kevin Murphy. More importantly, Golden State cleared $24 million salary-cap space to help in its pursuit of Denver free-agent guard Andre Iguodala.

Golden State, according to Yahoo!Sports, will sign Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million contract. The Jazz, for financial reasons, also renounced the rights to Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, who is headed to Charlotte.

Rush, who will be paid $4 million this season in the final year of his current two-year contract, played three seasons for Indiana and two for Golden State with career averages of 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

“Thanks for everything Warrior fans. Ready for my new journey with the Utah Jazz,” Rush said Friday night on Twitter.

Pacers release Releford: The Indiana Pacers on Friday cut ex-KU guard Travis Releford, who was trying to secure a spot on the Pacers’ Orlando Pro summer-league roster.

Releford is scheduled to play with Denver in the Las Vegas summer league July 12-22. If he’s cut by the Nuggets, he’ll play in Belgium next season.

“In Denver for the next five days getting ready for summer league. Very excited and blessed for this opportunity,” Releford tweeted Friday.

Taylor in summer league: Former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor will play for the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando summer league. He’s the only Jayhawk on an Orlando summer-league roster. Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder is playing for Orlando and Jordan Henriquez for Houston. Taylor is under contract for next season with the Nets. He’ll be paid $788,872 after making $473,604 last season.

Comments

jhawkrulz 1 year, 1 month ago

Jazz could be interesting. I hope he gets healthy and gets some playing time.

I really wish rele would get a shot. To me if he is passed on, it really shows how little defense is considered in the nba. Of course, the nba is built on the offensive side of the ball.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Torn knee and traded. The mental toughness required is staggering.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 1 month ago

Was Richard Boone from around here? These stories of late have carried a repetitive theme as an old "Have Gun Will Travel" episode. Copy should improve shortly, and hopefully, I might add. Am not big on reruns.

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REHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Best of luck, Brandon. Keep in mind everything you learned from A. Hudy and Co. about rehabbing and maintaining those knees. I hope you bank several more millions.

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kay_you 1 year, 1 month ago

Belgians are beer drinkers first and wine drinkers second. I respect that.

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ParisHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Beer makers first, drinkers second: 800 different labels.

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Big_Dipper 1 year, 1 month ago

"Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, left, and Brandon Rush smile as they walk down court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., March 13, 2012. The Warriors won 115-89."

Interesting caption. So who won, the Warriors or the Warriors? Was Rush on the first Warriors or the second?

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utahjayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Yippeeee! Welcome to Utah BRush! There's some 'Hawks here and we're thrilled to have you!

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Travis will be successful in Eddie Merckx land. All Trav has to do is say one of his heroes is Eddie.

Brandon, learn to fly fish. Its good for the soul. The alpine lakes above SLC In the Wasatch are handy, and a man of your means can get a Beechcraft and be in most of the places worth trout fishing in North america in 2-3 hours in your Beech. Flying is good for the soul, too. Enjoy SLC.

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Trey Hohman 1 year, 1 month ago

Rush will be more than fine. He's only 27, plays solid perimeter D and shoots roughly 45% from the 3. With the 3-point shot such a huge part of today's game, the need for a reliable 3-point shooting guard is stronger than ever (see Kyle Korver c/o a new four-year deal worth $24 million.) Also really helps for your NBA 2-guard to have strong ball handling skills to relieve the point guard sporadically and create scoring opportunities if nobody else can....Not certain KU staff works enough on ball handling with their 2-guard rotations in order to prepare them fully 4 next level. (see Rush & Ben M. & Travis R. & Elijah) If Travis can learn some better handles and get a little more consistent on his 3's he's got a real shot to make a team in a few years because his defense if already there.

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Blake Brown 1 year, 1 month ago

BTW, there is no such thing as an ex-Jayhawk.

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dylans 1 year, 1 month ago

When did Rush denounce the Jayhawks?

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jhawkrulz 1 year, 1 month ago

Ever notice that there is an opt out in the Google privacy terms; however, it doesn't work. I'm sure that it is the one link that doesn't work on this website.

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jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

"Some Possible Advantages to Brandon Joining the Jazz"

~Much easier to float on his back during hydrotherapy in Great Salt Lake than San Francisco Bay--fewer sharks, too.

~If Brandon takes up flying as a hobby, there are lots of light airplane spare parts available for free out in the desert southwest of Salt Lake, where the narco trafficers land and abandon.

~Tabernacle accoustics encourage humming there in the off season.

~Since the jazz music IQs of most Utah folks may not be that high, there is a very good chance that Brandon can lie about having heard KC Kool Jazz being played in Provo and so get it played at The Salt Palace for games.

~Bonneville is only a couple hours drive west and once there Brandon can take what ever hot sled he owns out and open it up for a run at the land speed record (seriously, I once got a rental car up to 125 mph out there.)

~Everyone needs to do Burning Man once.

~Talk to Redford about starting a line of turqoise studded basketball shoes called "Sundancers" and then wear them in games as your signature shoes.

~Big Love.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

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utahjayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Great concise, funny list, jaybate.

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slcjayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

welcome to salt lake brandon

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kkoenig 1 year, 1 month ago

least i can read the comments without a click-through.

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