The Utah Jazz have revealed the 20 players that will make up the squad when NBA training camps tip-off next week.
NBA basketball is nearly upon us; for the Utah Jazz, that means the most important season in a decade-plus is finally on the horizon after the team rocked the free agent frenzy this summer. Jazz Media Day will be on September 30, after which training camp will officially tip-off at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus.
On Friday, the Jazz announced their 20-man roster for camp. If you’ve been following along throughout the offseason, there won’t be any surprises here.
Returning from last season’s team will be Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, each of whom had a busy summer competing with their national teams at the FIBA World Cup in China. Other returning players include Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, Dante Exum, Georges Niang and Tony Bradley.
Joining them will be the headliners from the team’s summer haul: Mike Conley — via the trade with the Memphis Grizzlies — and Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay, all of whom signed free agent deals with Utah.
Justin Wright-Foreman, Jarrell Brantley and Miye Oni have come on-board via the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Wright-Foreman and Brantley will occupy the Jazz’s two two-way slots to start the season. Oni, meanwhile, looks to be on-target for a spot on the 15-man opening night roster.
Williams-Goss, who has drafted by the Jazz in 2017, re-joins the squad after two years in Europe. Howard comes by way of France. They’re probably in-line for the back-end roster spots. I expect Bluiett, Morgan and Kidd will find their way to the G-League’s Salt Lake City Stars.
On the other hand, Jazz coach Quin Snyder will undoubtedly let the competition for his team’s final spots play out through camp.
One player who isn’t on the roster to start camp is Mike Scott, who reportedly came to terms on a deal with the Jazz earlier this month. However, he could work his way into the mix after the first cut.
The Jazz will play their first preseason game on October 5 against the Adelaide 36ers.