Morning links: Free agency losers; Bowl game projections for BYU and Utah

Yahoo Sports writers gave us its winners and losers so far in NBA free agency, and the Utah Jazz were one of the losers.

Speaking of how Utah has fared so far in free agency, Eric Freeman wrote, “Unfortunately, a rough summer has left the Jazz with serious doubts about their ability to compete in a tough conference.”

Freeman continued, “The loss of Gordon Hayward looms largest. The new Boston Celtics forward’s role for Utah was wide-ranging and often defined most by the needs of the moment. The Jazz often struggled to find a second playmaker to take pressure off Hayward, but now they face the difficulty of reassembling without a versatile offensive star around to pull everything together.”

After talking about the addition of Ricky Rubio, Freeman closed by saying, “The Jazz won’t be awful. Rudy Gobert will anchor what should be an elite defense, and Quin Snyder has enough wing depth on hand to find scorers. However, this team is sure to experience some growing pains as they adjust to life without Hayward, Hill, and the familiarity that came with growing together over several seasons. The Jazz can sneak into the playoffs, but their momentum has stopped.”

Bowl projections for Utes and Cougars

Athlon Sports released its bowl projections for the 2017 college football season, and neither the Utah Utes nor the BYU Cougars are projected to go to a very big bowl.

The publication has the Utes squaring off against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26, and the BYU Cougars matching up with the Houston Cougars in the Frisco Bowl on Dec. 20.

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