Multi-year Utah Jazz forward inks a deal elsewhere

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Ex-Utah Jazz reserve Juwan Morgan is now heading to the Eastern Conference.

Following four years in college at Indiana, Juwan Morgan went undrafted in 2019 before signing a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz about a month into the 2019-20 season. Although he spent a chunk of his rookie campaign in the G-League, his importance grew after Bojan Bogdanovic’s season-ending wrist injury.

And he even started two games in the bubble during the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

This past season, though, Morgan drew zero starts and received double-digit minutes in only three games. Then in late July, the Jazz decided not to extend a qualifying offer to the 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward, making him an unrestricted free agent.

New opportunity for the former Utah Jazz benchwarmer

Per multiple reports on Wednesday, the 24-year-old is on his way to the East Coast with eyes on extending his NBA career. But Morgan’s training-camp deal with the Boston Celtics doesn’t guarantee he will land on the opening-day roster. It does, however, at least give him a shot at a two-way contract for the upcoming season.

With Utah’s additions of Rudy Gay in free agency and Eric Paschall in a trade, it’s doubtful Morgan would have seen regular playing time with the 2021-22 Jazz.

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Whether the solid but limited bruiser ends up benefitting the Celtics to a greater degree remains to be seen. Yet according to Brian Robb of Mass Live, Morgan will likely battle Jabari Parker in training camp for Boston’s final roster spot.

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Across two seasons in Utah, Juwan Morgan played in only 50 regular-season games. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per outing while shooting 51.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point land, and 54.5 percent from the charity stripe.