Report: Jazz sign former No. 4 picks to training camp deal

Portland Trail Blazers middle Cody Zeller (40) within the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Denver. (David Zalubowski, Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz have signed middle Cody Zeller to a training camp deal, in accordance to a report from The Athletic.

Zeller, who was the No. 4 decide in 2013, was waived in February after a disappointing stint with the Portland Trail Blazers. Before that season, although, he had an eight-season run with the Charlotte Hornets the place he averaged 8.7 factors and 6.0 rebounds.

Zeller will flip 30 subsequent month.

Utah additionally reportedly got here to phrases with middle Micah Potter on a two-way contract. Potter, 24, performed at each Ohio State and Wisconsin throughout his collegiate profession. He averaged 14.1 factors and 10.7 rebounds per recreation for the Sioux Falls Skyforce final season.

Last January, Zeller underwent knee surgical procedure to deal with a patellar harm and was waived by the Blazers earlier than he was totally wholesome. The deal offers the Jazz an opportunity to see if the one-time excessive draft decide can nonetheless assist an NBA workforce.

And Utah seems to want some assist at middle.

Rookie Walker Kessler and Udoka Azubuike are the one conventional large males presently on the roster. Jarred Vanderbilt may additionally see a while there.

But it stays to be seen who on the Jazz will even attain opening night time nonetheless on the roster. The workforce presently has 17 gamers with assured offers and can want to trim that down to 15 for when the season begins.

“We’ll have these selections to make,” normal supervisor Justin Zanik stated final week. “That will probably be together with our workers and coach. And then actually there are at all times conversations happening with groups as they struggle to tweak issues as preseason will get began or different issues so we’ll see the way it goes.”

Translation: The Jazz are nonetheless in talks with groups about their veterans Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gay.

So whether or not or not Zeller is on the workforce long run (and by long run, we imply previous training camp and nothing extra), may very well be decided by whether or not or not the Jazz can discover offers for these gamers.

If they’ll, there is a spot for him to regain some worth. If they can not, it’s going to be exhausting to discover even a spot for him on the roster.

As Potter, he fills the two-way spot that was left vacant after the Jazz launched Xavier Sneed final week. Two-way contracts permit groups to carry two additional gamers on their roster. Essentially it is a growth contract with the gamers sharing time between the NBA membership and the G League affiliate.

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Ryan Miller has coated the Utah Jazz for KSL.com since 2018.

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