The Utah Jazz have reduced their roster down to 15 players by waiving Jack Cooley and Dahntay Jones. All expectations are the Jazz will open the season with a 15-man roster.
Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, played a considerable amount for the Jazz in the preseason. He came with a reputation as a solid defensive player and it showed in the preseason. Cooley got limited action in preseason games, but played well throughout camp. Cooley, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, will be property of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League if he plays D-League.
If the roster holds at these 15 players, the final roster spots will have been earned by Toure’ Murry, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Brock Motum. Motum played very well for the Jazz in Summer League after spending last year playing professionally in Italy.
Motum was the Pac-12′s leading scorer as a junior at Washington State and, at 6-foot-10 with a nice outside touch, is developing into a stretch 4.
Understand this is all fluid based on what other teams do with their rosters, as well as any possible deals that could develop before league rosters need to be finalized.
Ian Clark has shown the ability throughout camp to play both the third point guard and a backup two guard, which has given the Jazz some nice roster flexibility. Toure’ Murry has a similar skill set. Couple that with Jeremy Evans’ experience from last season and, as you can see below, the Jazz roster has each position well covered.
Utah Jazz Roster
PG – Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Ian Clark
SG – Alec Burks, Toure’ Murry
SF – Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Carrick Felix
PF – Enes Kanter, Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Brock Motum, Steve Novak
C – Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert