Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) pasues after missing a lay in against hte Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Memphis won 102-95.

Back on Jan. 23, 2017, Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller announced that team ownership would be transferred into a legacy trust, assuring the Jazz never leave the Beehive State, according to the Deseret News.

"We've been clear from the beginning that our mission is to make sure that the Jazz stay in Utah," Miller said. She added later: "Our goal is and has always been to win an NBA championship. Utah would not be the same without the Utah Jazz."

Utah's NBA team isn't a home-grown product, though, moving from New Orleans to the Beehive State in 1979. The Millers purchased the team in 1985.

While the Jazz's old home of New Orleans is also the home of modern jazz music and holds a jazz festival every year to pay homage to the culture, Utah is more well known for its religious makeup, the Great Salt Lake and pioneers. (Incidentally, we almost had a "pioneer" soccer team. Real Salt Lake nearly took on the name Pioneers or Highlanders before Real Salt Lake won out.)

Plenty of teams from throughout the NBA’s history, however, have moved from one spot to another and kept their names, even when they're not a perfect fit.

Others have taken the extra step to change their names, for better or for worse.

Here’s a breakdown of those names with a few exceptions to the rule.

Atlanta Hawks

Transition path: Tri-Cities Blackhawks to Milwaukee Hawks to St. Louis Hawks to Atlanta Hawks

It took some time, but the Hawks eventually landed in Atlanta. Does the move make sense? Hawks are fairly common in Atlanta, though they’re also popular throughout much of North America, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Atlanta is home to both broad-winged and red-tailed hawks. The former are often seen in the fall and spring, according to the Fernbank Science Center. Some migrate through the Atlanta area in large groups.

Verdict: Makes sense. Hawks are common throughout the entire North American region. It does fit nicely, too, that Atlanta calls both the Hawks and the Falcons home.

Los Angeles Lakers

Transition path: Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles Lakers

The original version of this team name made sense. Minnesota — often referred to as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” — actually has closer to 11,000 lakes in the area.

Los Angeles? It’s a little more dry. California does feature Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake and Shasta Lake, but nothing close to Minnesota's lineup of lakes.

Verdict: Doesn’t make sense.

Golden State Warriors

Transition path: Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco Warriors to Golden State Warriors

What does the name "Warriors" refer to? Early logos from the team's days in Philadelphia and San Francisco depicted references to Native Americans, including caricatures that would surely draw intense criticism these days. But it's been more than 50 years since that was the case. In the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Warriors logo showed a stylized character holding a lightning bolt, while the team's current logo depicts the Golden Gate Bridge.

These days, the Warriors are a dominant force, having won their second NBA championship in three years and going 16-1 in the postseason. The second title also answered any question about their heart and fight after losing a 3-1 series lead to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers the previous year.

Verdict: Makes sense.

Sacramento Kings

Transition path: Rochester Royals to Cincinnati Royals to Kansas City-Omaha Kings to Kansas City Kings to Sacramento Kings

The Kings had a long path to Sacramento. But the United States — despite what some political commentators might say — isn’t home to monarchs.

Verdict: Doesn’t make sense.

Washington Wizards

Transition path: Chicago Zephyrs to Baltimore Bullets to Capital Bullets to Washington Bullets to Washington Wizards

Let’s get this out of the way — a zephyr is defined as a “cool breeze” or “fine cotton gingham” pattern. Neither of those make sense when it comes to a sports team.

Now, down the line, we have the Washington Wizards. Though the team is a staple — it did feature Michael Jordan in his second comeback to the NBA — there aren’t any Wizards in the United States, nor this little place we call reality.

Unless …

Verdict: Doesn’t make sense.

Los Angeles Clippers

Transition path: Buffalo Braves to San Diego Clippers to Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers make sense in Los Angeles on a few levels. For one, you’ll definitely find scissors (also called clippers) in the City of Angels. You’ll also find toenail clippers, since Los Angeles has plenty of beauty spas and salons to get some pedicures.

Of course "Clippers" actually refers to a form of sailboat. And according to Sailboat Data, California is a main builder and distributor of clipper marine boats.

Verdict: Makes sense.

Memphis Grizzlies

Transition path: Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis Grizzlies

Vancouver Grizzlies made sense as a team name. As this map from shows, the grizzly bear is fairly common in western Canada and the United States, but completely absent in the Southern United States (where there’s little to no bear population).

Verdict: Doesn’t make sense.

New Orleans Pelicans

Transition path: Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Pelicans

The team name switches are a bit of a headache. Hornets to Hornets to Pelicans. Not to mention that the Charlotte Hornets became the New Orleans Hornets, while the Charlotte Bobcats entered the league and then became the Hornets. Headache.

But does the Pelicans name make sense now that the dust has settled? Had this been a few years ago, probably not. But as Fox 8 in Louisiana reported, pelicans have flocked back to the state in recent years.

According to Fox-8, more than 8,000 brown pelicans rested on Raccoon Island in Louisiana. The state has also been a refuge for Florida pelicans, as both states have worked to rebuild pelican populations.

Verdict: Makes sense.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Transition path: Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City Thunder

This is one of the few shifts that doesn’t need too much of an explanation. After the success of the Hornets’ brief stint in Oklahoma City caused by Hurricane Katrina, the SuperSonics moved there and became the Thunder, a move that makes plenty of sense.

Oklahoma City is known for its high amount of tornadoes, which are a part of storms that include thunder, according to Mental Floss. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the city has more tornadoes than any other (at least since 1890).

So while the Twisters or Tornadoes would make more sense, the Thunder still works.

Verdict: Makes sense.

Detroit Pistons

Transition path: Fort Wayne Pistons to Detroit Pistons

Another team name that makes plenty of sense. A piston is a cylinder that moves up and down to help pump motion.

Detroit, as any historian will tell you, is famous for car building and automobile manufacturing. It has the nickname “motor city” for a reason.

Verdict: Makes sense.