How many open roster spots do the Utah Jazz currently have?

Utah Jazz, Collin Sexton, Walker Kessler, Jordan Clarkson. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Utah Jazz, Collin Sexton, Walker Kessler, Jordan Clarkson. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The Utah Jazz have finished up their Summer League run, and now it’s time to think about finishing the roster.

The Utah Jazz had a great Summer League, despite the injuries. The team went 4-1, made the league’s playoff tournament, and saw a lot of great performances from the team they had on hand. That, more than any wins and losses, is the most important thing. Not the final scores, but the performances of the players on the team.

There’s little doubt that had the likes of Luka Samanic, Ochai Agbaji, and Keyonte George been healthy, the Jazz would’ve been able to defeat the Houston Rockets on Sunday and advance to the Summer League Playoff Finals.

That wasn’t the case, however, but during the run, the team started to see several guys step up, and try to earn a spot on the team. The team is in a unique position in that regard, as some of the guys on hand, like Micah Potter and Johnny Juzang did a lot to warrant a shot at making the regular season team.

But the team doesn’t have a lot of room. The Jazz can carry 20 players during the offseason but have to trim that number down to 15 for the regular season. Right now, the team has all 15 spots for the regular season filled, the 15th presumably being filled by Omer Yurtseven.

They also have an additional two guys on two-way deals, meaning the Jazz can retain the rights to them and send them to the G-League if there are no spots for them on the main roster.

That means the Jazz have four roster spots available for guys they want to take a look at during the Jazz’s training camp.

Here’s where things get a bit interesting. They have two players, Kris Dunn, and Luka Samanic, that are on non-guaranteed contracts. This means the Jazz can cut them at any time and will have cap space available after doing so. The Jazz has until Oct. 23, 2023, to make decisions on Dunn and Samanic.

Cutting both men would open up roster spots for the Jazz, allowing them to make more moves, but after this recent Summer League, it doesn’t make much sense to cut Samanic.

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