Trey Lyles didn't enjoy playing for Quin Snyder and the Utah Jazz

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Trey Lyles spent the first two years of his NBA career as a member of the Utah Jazz.

Hearing his name called with the 12th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the former University of Kentucky star failed to carve out a substantial role in his second season after averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes over 80 games in his rookie campaign.

He shot 43.8 percent overall that season, including 38.3 percent from three-point range.

However, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.3 minutes over 71 games in his second year. His shooting percentage decreased substantially to just 36.2 percent, including 31.9 percent from deep. Towards the end of the season, he completely fell out of coach Quinn Snyder’s rotation and logged just 10 total minutes combined in two of the team’s 11 playoff games in blowout situations.

On the day of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Jazz traded Lyles and the No. 24 pick (Tyler Lydon) in exchange for the No. 13 selection (Donovan Mitchell). We all know how that worked out for the Jazz, who have watched Mitchell turn into a legitimate star in his rookie season. It’s safe to say that Utah won that trade by a long shot.

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Although the Jazz have been happy to move on from Lyles, it seems like the player isn't a fan of his former team, as evidenced by his recent comments.

On teammate Richard Jefferson’s Road Trippin’ Podcast, Lyles had quite an interesting exchange about his time in Utah.

“So,” Jefferson started, “you got drafted by Utah? Then you …”

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“Unfortunately,” said Lyles, interrupting him.

“Let’s talk about why you didn’t want to go to Utah,” Jefferson continued. “I don’t know,” Lyles said. “I just didn’t like it.”

Lyles then asked Jefferson who his coach was and the veteran informed him that he played under Tyrone Corbin, who was let go before current coach Quinn Snyder got the job.

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Lyles asked, “So y’all didn’t practice? Y’all didn’t do nothing, yeah. See, we had practice every day (under Quin Snyder). I thought I was in Kentucky again.”

Making millions of dollars to play basketball every day doesn’t seem like that bad of a deal, which is the general sentiment that Jefferson picked up on when he poked fun at Lyles.

“You had practice every day? Oh, sorry for making you work hard. Sorry. What’s wrong with working hard, Trey?,” Jefferson joked. Lyles then concluded, “I didn’t say nothing about working hard. Three-hour practices? C’mon now.”

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Therefore, it seems like Nuggets coach Mike Malone handles things a bit differently in Denver. The next time Lyles takes the court in Utah, the boos will most likely be deafening. 

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