Player News - Jazz

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The Jazz may sign Nigel Williams-Goss to a two-way contract, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

Utah selected Williams-Goss with the 55th pick in the 2017 draft. He wasn't overly impressive in the five games he played in Las Vegas this month. He averaged 4.4 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds, while shooting just 23.3 percent from the floor. The Jazz already has 15 players under contract, so the best Williams-Goss can hope for is a two-way pact. If not, he may have to spend next season overseas.
Jul 18 - 9:31 AM

The Jazz have signed Royce O'Neale according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The contract is for three years, but only the first one is guaranteed. This isn't a two-way contract, so the Jazz will likely have to waive a player to make room for O'Neale. An undrafted 6'6" forward out of Baylor, O'Neale averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in the Vegas Summer League. Don't expect him to be in the rotation.
Jul 17 - 12:57 PM

Eric Griffin will reportedly sign a two-way deal with the Jazz.

Once this is official, Griffin will be able to spend up to 45 days in the NBA next season and the rest of the time in the G-League. Griffin, known for his ridiculous athleticism and monster dunks, averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in four Vegas Summer League games.
Jul 17 - 12:30 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey believes that Rodney Hood "has the potential to be in that 18 points per game range."

"We have to let Rodney become the offensive wing we know he can be," Lindsey said. "We didn't want to bring in anyone who could get in the way of Donovan [Mitchell], Dante [Exum] and Rodney. We want them to develop." Hood's always had the talent, but injuries and inconsistent play have really held him back. Hood had a 28.1 usage rate with Gordon Hayward off the floor last season (20.1 with Hayward on the floor) and could potentially be Utah's No. 1 option on offense in his age-24 season, so all signs point to a career year.
Jul 16 - 11:28 AM

Jazz GM Dennis Linsey said he's going to build his team around Rudy Gobert following Gordon Hayward's departure.

"We feel like we can build defensively around Rudy Gobert," Lindsey said. "We look at him, and he's a top 10 player and unique defender. So we wanted to build a team around his talents." Lindsey added that he wants to showcase Gobert's ability, so the 25-year-old big man seems poised for a career year as the clear franchise player. If he can keep improving from the free throw line, there's no reason why he can't be a top-10 fantasy player -- he shot 65.3 percent from the stripe last season.
Jul 16 - 11:15 AM

According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah is hoping to sign Eric Griffin to a two-way contract.

Griffin averaged 10.8 points (on 50.0 percent shooting) and 7.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes over four games during the Las Vegas Summer League. The Jazz already has 15 players under contract, so all they can offer Griffin is a two-way deal. Griffin has reportedly received interest from other NBA teams as well.
Jul 15 - 9:27 AM

Tony Bradley scored 19 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks against the Bucks on Friday.

The No. 28 pick of the 2017 draft had himself a strong showing, averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 blocks in his previous four games. He's obviously not going to get minutes right away and he may even get competition for a roster spot from Eric Griffin, who shined at times with a slew of highlight-reel dunks.
Jul 14 - 8:49 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Jazz waive F/C Boris Diaw.

The French forward had a guarantee coming up and the team waived him before the Saturday deadline. Diaw will reportedly not go back to the Jazz, which makes sense after the Jazz added so much depth in the last two days. He'll likely sign head to a contender on a minimum deal.
Jul 13 - 5:12 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Utah is expected to waive Boris Diaw, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

The Jazz has until July 15th to waive Diaw, or his $7.5 million contract becomes guaranteed. Utah will use the newly created cap space to help facilitate the signings of Ekpe Udoh, Jonas Jerebko and Thabo Sefolosha. It is possible Utah tries to find a trading partner that would be interested in Diaw's expiring contract.
Jul 13 - 11:08 AM
Ekpe Udoh - F/C - Jazz

Ekpe Udoh agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Jazz.

The sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft is back in the league after a two-year hiatus. Udoh was picked ahead of Paul George and Gordon Hayward, but the 30-year-old forward hit his stride with Fenerbahce, averaging 14 points per game in EuroLeague last year. Udoh will likely compete for an end-of-the-rotation role with the Jazz next season.
Jul 13 - 5:06 AM

Jonas Jerebko has agreed to a two-year, $8.2 million deal with Utah, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boris Diaw's $7.5 million salary is fully non-guaranteed, and Derrick Favors' knee has been a persistent issue, so this gives Utah much-needed frontcourt depth. It's a solid move in reality, but he's a fringe fantasy option until we see how he's used by coach Quin Snyder.
Jul 12 - 10:21 PM

Eric Griffin double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes on Wednesday, but the Jazz still fell 97-81.

It's unclear whether Griffin will earn a guaranteed deal, in Utah or anywhere else, but performances like this don't hurt his case. He should at least get a training camp invite.
Jul 12 - 10:07 PM

Donovan Mitchell will not play on Wednesday, as a precaution.

Mitchell was rested on Sunday so this isn't a surprise after he blew up for 37 points in 34 minutes on Tuesday. Utah has seen enough to fully validate their faith in Mitchell, who is setting himself up as a rotation player as a rookie.
Jul 12 - 7:16 PM

Joel Bolomboy (right knee) will not play in Vegas on Wednesday.

Bolomboy limped off the court after slipping on Tuesday and it would be a surprise if he returns during Summer League, but so far he hasn't been ruled out.
Jul 12 - 7:15 PM

Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Jazz.

Sefolosha stated in a recent blog post that having a meaningful role with his next team was important to him, so he'll likely be in the rotation in Utah, and he could be competing with Joe Ingles for the starting small forward spot during training camp. The Jazz do have a good amount of depth at the three, though, so even if Sefolosha starts his playing time will likely be in the lower-20s. Perhaps he can emerge as a deep league steals specialist, but he won't be worth drafting in standard formats.
Jul 12 - 2:04 PM


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