Donovan Mitchell, USA Basketball World Cup roster update

Ryan Aston , 2019-08-18 04:26:28
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USA Basketball is zeroing in on its final World Cup roster as Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and the rest of the crew head Down Under.

Less than 24 hours after leading Team USA to a relatively easy win over Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol and Spain, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and his cohorts in red, white and blue boarded a plane for Melbourne, Australia.

Next up for Mitchell and the Americans: it’s another week of training camp, followed by consecutive friendly bouts with Jazzman Joe Ingles and the Aussie Boomers. Then, it’s on to China.

With this being the last leg of camp before Team USA tips off World Cup play in Shanghai on September 1, head coach Gregg Popovich and his staff are hard at work making final determinations on which players will make the final 12-man roster. However, much of the work has been taken off their shoulders thanks to withdrawals.

That continued to be the case this weekend.

Houston Rockets big man PJ Tucker was the first domino to fall. The 34-year-old and most veteran player in camp for Team USA officially removed himself from the roster equation on Friday ahead of the Spain game because of ongoing ankle issues.

On Saturday, Sacramento Kings point-man De’Aron Fox became the latest to withdraw, after playing only six minutes in the exhibition game.

Fox’s withdrawal was something of a surprise; the Kings star has consistently been name-checked as one of the standout performers and an ultimate competitor in camp. In my estimation, his energy on the floor and speed with the ball would have been major assets for the team and he absolutely should have made the World Cup roster.

However, San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White got more court time against Spain after getting bumped up from the Select Team last week.

Elsewhere on the roster, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was officially cleared to play for the team after dealing with a calf injury.

As a result, USA Basketball has sent the following 13 players to Australia —

Harrison Barnes
Jaylen Brown
Joe Harris
Kyle Kuzma
Brook Lopez
Khris Middleton
Donovan Mitchell
Mason Plumlee
Marcus Smart
Jayson Tatum
Myles Turner
Kemba Walker
Derrick White

If I had to guess, I would say White and Smart will duke it out for the final roster spot. On the other hand, it’s hard for me to see Coach Pop bringing three centers to China, which would put Plumlee on the bubble for me as well.

In any case, Mitchell looks to be locked in for the big tournament, and this will be a team that depends heavily on his scoring ability to survive. He, Walker and Tatum figure to be the key cogs offensively for the US.

Next: Utah Jazz star Mitchell, Team USA beat Rubio, Spain

In a way, the World Cup could provide a sneak preview of what Jazz fans will see from Mitchell next season. Despite the monster additions the team made over the summer, Mitchell will have to take his game to a new level on both sides of the ball if the Jazz want to make good on their championship aspirations.

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Ingles makes Boomers WC roster, Starks promoted

Ryan Aston , 2019-08-08 05:07:26
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Utah Jazz wing Joe Ingles is officially locked-in for FIBA World Cup play. Also Jazz president Steve Starks is moving on up in the Miller Group.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup of basketball is less than a month away and, as such, Utah Jazz fans are getting hyped over the possibility of Donovan Mitchell representing Team USA in the competition. However, he’s not the only Jazzman looking forward to the tournament in China.

Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert will lead what figures to be a strong French team into competition. And, on Wednesday, another of Mitchell’s teammates officially locked down his ticket to the World Cup.

The Aussie Boomers announced their 12-man roster for the tourney and, as expected, Joe Ingles will be a part of the team.

Ingles has an extensive history with the Australian national team. He has participated in three Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) and also competed in the World Cup/World Championships in 2010 and 2014.

During the ’16 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he averaged eight points, three boards and three assists per contest as the Aussies finished just outside the podium in fourth place. He remains one of the Boomers’ best ballers.

Although Australia will be without the likes of Ben Simmons, who withdrew from competition earlier this summer, and injured Jazzman Dante Exum, they remain a team to be reckoned with. NBA guys like Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes and Jonah Bolden will all join Ingles in China.

Nathan Sobey, the former Wyoming standout who played with the Jazz summer leaguer squad, also made the cut. Meanwhile, two other players with Jazz ties were among the notable/surprising omissions from the Boomers’ roster. Namely, Mitch Creek and Brock Motum.

Ingles and the Aussies will compete in Group H and are scheduled to tip-off World Cup play on September 1 against Canada in Dongguan.

Starks promoted

Steve Starks, who has been the President of the Jazz since 2015, has been promoted to a new job (the job) within the Larry H Miller Group of Companies. On Wednesday, Starks was announced as the Miller Group’s new CEO, ending an eight-month national and internal search to name a new top executive.

Starks will officially assume the role on August 12 and will also serve as an executive member of the Board.

Don Stirling, an executive VP at LHM Sports and Entertainment, will take over as Jazz prez on an interim basis until the position is filled. Starks is expected to maintain an active role within the Jazz organization.

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Kidd, Howard to compete for final roster spot

Ryan Aston , 2019-07-19 04:29:30
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The Utah Jazz will bring former summer league standout Stanton Kidd and French baller William Howard to camp, but only one can make the opening night roster.

To say it’s been a busy month for the Utah Jazz is a massive understatement. In the blink of an eye, half the roster was turned over and a plethora of new faces made their way to the 801 as part of the team’s pursuit of contender status and, ultimately, an NBA championship.

Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic were the headliners; they were fallowed in short order by Ed Davis and Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay. More recently, Jazz brass has been shoring up the back end of the roster, and the final dominoes look to have fallen on Wednesday.

Right on the heels of their move to sign second-round picks Miye Oni, Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman, the Jazz have officially locked up journeyman baller Stanton Kidd (27) and French wing William Howard (25).

With Brantley and Wright-Foreman both inked to two-way pacts, it would seem the Kidd and Howard will go head-to-head for the 15th and final spot on the Jazz’s main roster. However, the team will bring other players to training camp, too.

If you’ve been following the Jazz for the last few years, Kidd’s name is one that should be familiar. Although his performance for Utah’s entry into this year’s summer competition was up and down, he was a standout performer for the Jazz two years ago.

Over six combined games during the 2018 summer leagues in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Kidd put up 11 points, three boards and 1.2 blocks per contest. Along the way, he made it rain from distance, hitting 10-of-21 3-point shots (47.6 percent).

More than anything, though, his length defensively and energy on the court made him an easy player to root for.

There were actually reports that the Jazz were interested in signing Kidd last summer. However, his Euro buyout was significant at the time. The 6-7, 215-pounder spent the last two years with the Turkish squad Darussafaka.

Meanwhile, talk of Howard’s potential signing with the Jazz have been coursing through the hoops blogosphere for several days. However, he had a buyout of his own to contend with (reportedly 150,000 Euros).

Although Howard was part of Utah’s summer squad earlier this month, injuries kept him out of action.

In 54 games for CSP Limoges in France, the 6-8, 205-pound Howard averaged just under 10 points and four boards per contest last season. He’s shot between 36.7 and 38.5 percent from three for four years running, and adding outside shooting has been a key objective for the Jazz this offseason.

While Kidd and Howard likely have a leg up in the battle for the final roster spot, nothing is a given. Again, other players will be brought in to compete, and you never know who might become available once team’s start cutting players during the preseason.

For a sterling example of the latter, see Ingles, Joe five years ago. Thanks, Clippers!

However, given the time and money investment involved in bringing Kidd and Howard on-board, it’s probably safe to say the Jazz think highly of them.

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Dan Clayton , 2019-07-02 17:12:25
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With Utah trailing by double digits in a December game against Indiana, then-Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio slid behind the Pacer defense and stealthily made his way into the left corner. He waited for the ball to whir around the perimeter where it found him open for a three. The shot glanced off the rim and the Pacers were off in transition.

As the Pacers brought the ball down, forward Bojan Bogdanovic slid behind the Jazz defense and tiptoed into the left corner. His Pacer teammates noticed and zipped the ball to him for an open three. Bottom of the net. The Pacers lead ballooned to 13, and they’d ultimately deal Utah an embarassing and historic 39-point home defeat.

It was a perfect 10 seconds to encapsulate the make-or-miss nature of the NBA, and it demonstrate an immutable fact about the Jazz that would surface over and over again. In a league where a few makes or misses decide games, playoff series and championships, they were light on shooters. They’d be reminded again throughout the course of the season, culminating in first-round loss to the Rockets in which they shot just 24% on wide open threes in the series. The team flat out needed shot-makers.

Not anymore.

Utah’s roster remake is nearly complete, the obvious goal of which was to increase the offensive dynamism that last year’s lovable Jazz team lacked. Mike Conley and Bogdanovic are more than just shooters — they are both capable creators, near All-Stars, and capable of leading playoff teams. The Jazz can now put a lineup of four capable shooters, passers and creators around their elite finishing big man, Rudy Gobert.

Adding Conley alone was enough to move the Jazz from the sub-elite class to being real contenders. As Clark Schmutz has written, he is a fantastic complement to Utah’s other primary creator, Donovan Mitchell, and he brings an upgrade to the offense without really sacrificing much of Utah’s stoutness on the other end.

Utah had a number of paths they could have taken after acquiring Conley: keep Derrick Favors, whose contract was non-guaranteed; clear Favors and use the resulting flexibility to chase a difference-maker like Bogdanovic; or find a lesser stretch four at a lower price point and reserve a little bit of leftover cash to add some depth. The luxury of the Conley acquisition is that the Jazz could have taken any of those paths and likely still been in a position to compete for primacy in the suddenly wide-open Western Conference.

The Jazz were wary about losing everything that Favors contributed, and so completing the one-two punch of finding both an upgrade at the stretch four position AND a solid rotational center was an important prerequisite to moving on from the longest-tenured Jazz man.  That was especially true if their search landed them a power forward who fit the stretch four construct better but was a downgrade from Favors in macro terms — Bobby Portis and Thad Young types. Tobias Harris was on their radar, but they knew that his asking price would require some cap gymnastics that would cost them one or maybe both of Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, and they were unwilling to move those players for anything less than a true star1.

That made the list rather short. The flirted with Nikola Mirotic before he decided to return to Spain, but even he would have been a noticeable step down from Favors in some key areas. Bogdanovic was on their list all along, and a player they really like, but nobody was sure what his price range would be, coming off a season where he averaged 18 points per game and led Indiana to the playoffs even after star guard Victor Oladipo got hurt. Once Utah sensed that Bogdanovic could potentially be lured away from the Pacers at roughly the Favors price point2, they went all in, even going so far as to cancel planned meeting with other free agents.

As a pure 4, Mirotic might have technically fit the roster better, but Bogdanovic is a far better player overall. Mirotic’s gravity is real, but his defense ranges from “vaguely playable” on his best days to terrible on the worst. He got played out of the starting lineup in the playoffs, and he’s nowhere near the creator that Bogdanovic is.

“Bogey” is more than just a pure shooter. He ranked in the 86th percentile for efficiency on plays he finished out of the pick-and-roll, and as Ben Dowsett aptly pointed out, he has even diversified his scoring repertoire by taking smaller guys to the blocks with success. Sure, he’s more of a combo forward than Mirotic, but he is a far more dynamic offensive player, and he provides a solid effort on defense. 

The Ed Davis score at the $4.7 million “Room” exception was a shrewd get, and helps lessen the sting of Favors’ departure. The UNC product is a rotation-quailty big man who has started off and on during his nine-year career. He won’t be quite the same scoring punch that Favors was when Gobert sat, but he will allow Utah to avoic much drop-off on the defensive end, and he has flypaper hands that make him an elite rebounder. 

We all remember back to the days when Utah wasn’t considered a real destination for valuable NBA free agents — but enough about last week.

In all seriousness, landing Bogdanovic and Davis at this price points is a pretty good signal that the narrative is changing where Utah is concerned. It’s likely that Indiana offered Bogey slightly more than the $73 million he scored on the Jazz deal, but obviously the Pacers don’t have a roster to contend immediately. Landing Davis on a two-year, $10 million deal — at a point in time when most of the league still had larger exception money available — was similarly impressive. 

By himself, Bogey might already represent the best free agent acquisition Utah has ever made. The 2004 offseason turned out to be a big one after Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur grew into All-Stars, but the former was coming off a season as Cleveland’s third or fourth best player, and the latter was a low-minute reserve for the champion Pistons. Joe Johnson was a higher-profile acquisition back in 2016, but he was clearly on the downhill part of his career, and had just come off a season averaging 13. 

To this writer’s knowledge, the Jazz have never landed a free agent coming off an 18-ppg season, and from February on, Bogey actually dropped 21 a night as he took a bigger role to fill Oladipo’s absense. He is an impact basketball player, arguably in the same tier as Harris — and he cost Utah barely over half of Tobias’ salary.

Utah still had needs to fill. Unless they plan on using Bogdanovic as a full-time four, they could use some depth there, and they’ll scour the league to see if veterans are interested in supplementing the Jazz’s new look look at the league minimum. But already, they’ve put themselves in the conversation as a real contender. Houston, Portland and Denver undoubtedly still believe in themselves as contenders, and the L.A. teams are still fighting for their chance to sign Kawhi Leonard. But Utah is right there with any of those teams.

As the Jazz were sniffing around for ways to add a scoring punch at last February’s trade deadline, ESPN’s Zach Lowe posited that the then-current construction of the Jazz could be a scary team “if Jae Crowder were like 10% better.” In Bogdanovic, they got a player who averaged 50% more points last season, shot nearly 10 percentage points better from 3-point land, and took and made more free throws. They got the 10% better version of Crowder and then some — and they got Conley at point. If those starters-plus-Crowder units were elite even with a couple of shaky shooters, imagine what those same quintets can do now that Bogey and Conley are involved.

The optimism is well-deserved: Utah has joined the contender class.

Odds and ends

Fare thee well. Conley, Bogdanovic and Davis will replace Rubio, Crowder and Favors in their respective roles, but that means three lovable (if flawed) player are moving on.

All three deserve nothing but appreciation from Jazz fans. That’s especially true of Favors, who had been with the Jazz for parts of nine seasons. He was the last link to era of Jazz players that included Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap and others, and he’s already a top-10 franchise contributor in many statistical categories. He was likely Utah’s third best (or at least most consistent) contributor last season, and he saved Utah’s behind on a number of nights when Gobert was ailing, struggling, or punching cups off of scorers tables. He is synonymous with the Jazz brand at this point, and he will be missed.

Rubio and Crowder leave after much shorter stays in Utah, but both contributed to the culture and spirit of the Jazz over the last two years as the club stayed relevant even through a mini-retool. Rubio in particular was an important mentor to Mitchell in his first two season, and his offensive growth helped the Jazz to consecutive top-5 finishes in the West.

When these three make their return to Utah, Jazz fans should be boisterous in showing their support and appreciation. Jazz guys, all of them.

Fare thee well, part two. The Conley trade, as discussed back then, will also cost the Jazz Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. Memphis will still have until the weekend to decide if they want to guarantee Korver’s salary and keep him, of pay $3.44 million to cut him loose. If they do waive him, Utah will be prohibited from reacquiring him for one year. If they were to trade him again and then THAT team let him go, then in theory, Utah could offer him a veteran minimum contract.

Neto roster shuffle. As the Jazz prepared to orchestrate their moves, they also announced that they were releasing Raul Neto.

But here’s the thing, and this runs counter to the way that decision was reported: they actually didn’t have to. I’ve double-checked and triple-checked the math and I’ve even heard some knowledgeable whispers that Utah could have completed the Conley and Bogey acquisitions without clearing the $2.15M.

So why did they do it? This might just be about roster prioritization. Utah has three guys already who can play some point guard, and Ingles and Bogdanovic can also both facilitate the offense for stretches. Having a fourth point guard at that price point might have just been a little too high for Utah, or they might have plans to use that roster spot in a slightly different way.

Another possibility: they could use the tiny bit of cap space that move opens up to sign a couple of Royce O’Neale-style deals, and then even re-sign Neto to the minimum at that point3. Let me explain:

True minimum contracts are limited to two seasons, which means the player will hit free agency before a team has full rights to re-sign the player. When you sign a player using cap space, or a piece of certain exceptions, you can get around that 2-season rule. That’s what the Jazz did when they signed O’Neale to a team-friendly 3-year pact. As a result, when he hits free agency next July, Utah will be able to pay him any amount up to the max salary, and they’ll be able to generate matching rights as well.

Waiving Neto technically gives the Jazz about $1.5M in cap room4. That’s basically minimum-salary money, but it gives them the opportunity to sign a player or two to longer deals by ordering transactions. They could sign a rookie or 1-year vet to a deal that starts at minimum salary but runs three seasons. That would clear away one empty roster charge, and they’d have enough to repeat the operation with another rookie minimum. THEN they’d complete the Ed Davis signing and sign other minimum contract veterans including — if they wanted him — Neto.

It might sound like a lot of work for some minimum salary dudes, but if the Jazz believe that operating this way gives them two bites at the apple in terms of finding the next O’Neale type contributor, why not go for it?

TPEs? Another question I get is whether the Jazz can use the remaining traded player exception from the Alec Burks trade, or generate another one by moving Favors. The answer is no — sort of.

The problem with using the Burks TPE is that the Jazz can’t really take much salary back and still have the room to complete their Conley and Bogey deals. You don’t need a TPE to acquire a player on a minimum contract, so the TPE is only valuable if a team wants to get rid of a player making more than the minimum but less than the $1.5M amount mentioned above. Any more than that, and Utah doesn’t have room for their other deals.

There is exactly one tradable player in the NBA on that kind of salary: promising Knick Mitchell Robinson. There are a dozen or so players5 who make the minimum salary but on longer than 2-year deals, so the TPE would allow Utah to take them back when they otherwise couldn’t. But Utah would have to be interested in someone from that list AND his current team would have to be willing to give him away.

That’s why it’s far more likely that the last bit of cap space gets used as described above, for one or two O’Neale-style signings.

Technically the Favors trade to New Orleans will create a $17.65M TPE, but Utah will have to immediately renounce it in order to finish their other offseason deals.

Depth. Another positive note for Utah’s depth came with Tony Jones’ revelation that Exum is on track to start the season healthy.

Utah’s three second-round picks will also get a chance during Summer League and again in fall camp to make their case for roster spots and/or minutes. So far, one game in, Jarrell Brantley looks like the most likely to force his way onto the roster. But it’s early.

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Dan covered Utah Jazz basketball from up close for more than 10 years, including as a radio analyst for the team’s Spanish-language broadcasts from 2010 to 2014. The born-and-raised Utahn now lives in New York City.

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Post-Conley trade roster adds intrigue to summer league

Ryan Aston , 2019-06-23 03:35:08
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With a roster in flux and holes to fill, the Utah Jazz’s summer league activities may reach a higher level of importance than in most years.

With the 2019 NBA Draft officially on the books, free agency and summer league play are suddenly fast approaching. The former begins on June 30 at 4 PM MT; where the Utah Jazz are concerned, chances are we won’t be seeing any Day 1 fireworks with the team having already made the big move to bring in Mike Conley.

Summer league, on the other hand, could take on a whole new meaning for the Jazz band.

For the most part, summer play has essentially been little more than a chance for the team to get its handful of young guys in the gym for a couple of weeks mid-summer. Whatever went down largely had little bearing on the team’s main roster.

In the wake of the Conley deal, however, the Jazz currently find themselves with several open roster spots and not a lot of money to fill them.

Things get particularly interesting if the Jazz have designs on getting to the 15-man maximum ahead of opening night. Not counting Derrick Favors (non-guaranteed), but assuming low-cost vets Royce O’Neale, Georges Niang and Raul Neto all return, they only have nine players ready to roll for next season.

Sure, they’ll be aggressive on the open market beforehand. And there are even some pie in the sky scenarios where they delay closing out on the Conley deal or engage in some sign-and-trade shenanigans with someone on the market and ship out Favors post-guarantee date, so they can make a free agency splash within the rules of the CBA.

Barring exploitation of the soft cap, though, there’s a real possibility that multiple players donning Jazz jerseys this summer will be actually be duking it out with a real shot at playing in the Association on the line.

First and foremost, Jazz draftees Jarrell Brantley, Justin Wright-Foreman and Miye Oni will have the opportunity to join Utah’s long list of historical, second-round steals. After all, Dennis Lindsey and Justin Zanik didn’t pull off multiple trades to come away with three prospects at the tail end of the draft for kicks.

Jazz brass was looking for players — and all three of these guys have length and scoring ability that impressed at the collegiate level, even if they were balling out against lesser competition.

They’re not the only ones looking to make names for themselves, either.

Former first-round pick Tony Bradley should be part of the action, and we may just be approaching do or die time for his NBA career after he was unable to land a spot over his first two years in the league.

Meanwhile, Willie Reed could make a legitimate play to become Rudy Gobert‘s back-up. According to HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, the former Salt Lake City Stars standout and No. 1 pick in the G-League draft will play.

On draft night, multiple other players were linked to the Jazz’s summer league outfit right out of the gate. Namely, Indiana forward Juwan Morgan (as reported by The Athletic’s Michael Scotto), Stanford big man Josh Sharma (Jeremy Woo/SI) and San Francisco point-man Frankie Ferarri (Jordan Schultz/ESPN).

The names will continue to come over the next handful of days, but regardless of who else joins the fold, summer league could be must-see TV thanks to the roster situation, even without a 2019 first-round pick on the Jazz squad.

At the least, the current landscape has added some intrigue to what is typically something of a ho-hum affair. Instead of the usual cavalcade of EuroLeague guys taking on future contractors, CPAs, Taco Bell shift managers, etc., we could have a situation featuring multiple roster spots on a possible title contender at stake.

Next: Free agency rumors: Tobias Harris and Bobby Portis interested in the Utah Jazz

The Salt Lake City Summer League tips off on July 1 and runs through July 3. The Jazz will resume summer play at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which runs from July 6-15.

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Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas, and Kevin McHale talk with Dennis Scott, who is on the scene in Philidelphia, about Jimmy Butler’s fit with the 76ers, Markelle Fultz gaining confidence, and Joel Embiid’s as an MVP candidate.

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Utah Jazz add Stephaun Branch, then trim roster to 17

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The Utah Jazz signed Stephaun Branch to a deal, then quickly waived him along with a host of other players over the weekend.

Opening night in the NBA is just days away now and, as such, teams are finalizing their rosters for tip-off. The Utah Jazz are no different, and while the 17-man crew for Wednesday’s bout with the Sacramento Kings (including two two-way players) looks exactly as expected, there was a flurry of roster activity over the weekend.

The Jazz began Saturday by waiving big man Isaac Haas, which freed up a spot on their camp roster. That spot was quickly filled when the team inked Stephaun Branch to a deal. Branch’s tenure with the Jazz was short-lived, however, as he was waived in short order along with fellow guards Jairus Lyles and Isaiah Cousins.

So why would the Jazz sign Branch only to release him hours later? As with Utah’s previous camp signings, the move was likely made for the Jazz G-League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.

By signing Branch to a contract, the team could secure his G-League rights, and he’s a player who could potentially help the Stars while developing in the Jazz system. The soon to be 23-year-old put up 11 points, six boards and 1.4 steals per game last season for the South Bay Lakers. Along the way, he notched five games of 20-plus points.

His road to becoming a pro baller has been a wild one; from getting cut from the high school team to JUCO ball to the Drew League, a tour of China and an open tryout in South Bay.

I would anticipate Haas, Lyles and Cousins all finding their way to the Starts as well. None received significant court time during Utah’s exhibition run, but all three show promise in different areas of the game.

For his part, Haas has elite-level size, length and strength. He was an ultra-efficient scorer in the post as a collegiate and may have some untapped defensive potential. If not for an injury to his right knee, he may have gotten more of a look from the Jazz during preseason play.

Lyles’ talents hit the scene in a major way last spring when he led UMBC to a win over Virginia; the first-ever Round 1 upset of a top seed in the NCAA tournament by a No. 16 team. He scored 28 points and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the game. He’s a bit undersized, but clearly has game.

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As for Cousins, he already has a year in the Jazz system under his belt. He averaged 13 points, four assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals over 36 games (25 starts). He has good size for a point guard at 6-foot-4 with a wingspan approaching 6-foot-7.

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The Utah Jazz have one roster spot left for camp, who gets it?

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The Utah Jazz currently have 19 players under contract, and will likely bring in one more body for training camp next month.

Dennis Lindsey and the Utah Jazz know who they will be bringing to war during the regular season, but they have still have an open roster spot for training camp. That spot will more than likely go to a player who they can waive and then obtain their G-League rights.

Stanton Kidd, who was a summer league standout for the Jazz, was expected by some to sign a contract with the team, but no deal came to fruition. Kidd would have been an ideal candidate for a two-way contract, but he was locked in to a deal with his team in Turkey.

NBA teams are unable to buy out such contracts in the two-way scenario.

It’s unfortunate, because Kidd is a baller. It’s very unlikely he gets the last roster spot, but I wish him the best and hope he gets an NBA deal in the future. Instead, I’m going to take a look at some other candidates that I think the Jazz should at least consider for the final roster spot.

Here we go!

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Jared Greenberg and Steve Smith discuss the Celtics projected roster for this season as Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are expected to make a return after suffering injuries last season.

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