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Jazz begin Summer League workouts with renewed excitement

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Quin Snyder and Dante` Exum went through their first practice with the Jazz as the team gets ready for the 2014 Summer League.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - It's only Summer League, but with a new coach and a new cornerstone of the franchise, this summer is huge. 

Both Quin Snyder and Dante' Exum went through their first practice with the Jazz, and although there is still a long way to go before the regular season opener in October, they're off to a promising start. 

"It's kind of half empty and half full," Snyder said. "There's things you can get excited about, and there's things you feel like you want to do better."

One of those things to get excited about is Exum and Trey Burke playing together in a pass-oriented up tempo offense. 

"We've got two point guards that can run the show," said Exum, the 5th overall pick in the NBA Draft. "So, it's not a set offense. It's kind of a free flowing type offense. I think that benefits us a lot."

"It's going good thus far," said Burke, who finished 3rd in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting. "I didn't know before he got drafted, but he's really a good player and has a lot of potential."

It will be exciting to see these guys push the ball up the court, but Snyder is more concerned about the other end of the floor. 

"If those guys play defense and earn their time on the floor, they'll both be out there," he said. "If they don't do the things we want, we'll find other guys that will.

"I think they're giving us a lot more freedom." said Burke. "They're emphasizing defense a lot. That's one thing that myself and everybody that was here last year was concerned about."

"Coach as stressed defense a lot," added Exum. "I know a lot of people knock me on my defense, but people haven't watched me play in a while, so I want to go out there and play as hard as I can."

Practice is one thing, but Exum, who hasn't played in an actual 5-on-5 game since December, can't wait to get to Las Vegas.

"You don't even know," he said excitedly. "Training camp is good and everything to get to know your team, but I'm happy that we've got three more days and then we'll start playing together."

The Jazz open the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas Saturday night against Philadelphia.
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