- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Jazz have picked up the team option on the contracts of Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and Trey Lyles.

The moves announced Monday keep the youngest part of the team’s core on their rookie deals through the 2017-18 season.

Hood was the No. 23 overall pick in 2014 and has developed into the Jazz’s second-best scorer after Gordon Hayward. His points per game jumped from 8.7 as a rookie to 14.5 last season.

Exum was the No. 5 overall pick in 2014 and missed all of 2015-16 with a torn ACL. The 6-foot-6 point guard is a strong defender, but continues to grow offensively.

Lyles was the best player on the Jazz Summer League team.

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