It appears as though the Utah Jazz have begun adding to its roster with Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward now officially out of the picture. As a result, the Jazz have reportedly added former Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha.
According to a Wednesday afternoon report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, the Western Conference franchise has signed Sefolosha to a two-year deal worth $10.5 million.
The now former free-agent small forward notably spent the last three seasons in Atlanta as a member of the Hawks. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, Sefolosha spent five-plus seasons as a member of the aforementioned Thunder. However, he was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft while going on to spend his first two-plus seasons atop the highest level in the “Windy City” with the Bulls.
The 33-year-old swingman most recently appeared in 62 regular-season games en route to 42 starts in what would become his final go-round in Atlanta. Over the course of 25.7 minutes per game, he averaged 7.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals. For his NBA career, Sefolosha is currently averaging 5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals over the course of 740 regular-season outings, 467 starts and 23.3 minutes per contest.
Although the up-and-coming Jazz returned to the postseason in 2016-17, Utah lost two keys pieces of their roster this offseason. While Hayward ultimately landed in Boston with the Celtics, starting point guard George Hill signed a free-agent contract with the Sacramento Kings.