Joe Ingles says talking with the Jazz about re-signing was a 'pretty easy discussion'

Joe Ingles says talking with the Jazz about re-signing was a 'pretty easy discussion'

Three-and-a-half weeks after the Utah Jazz and swingman Joe Ingles agreed to a new contract soon after the free agency period opened July 1, the Jazz formally announced the deal on Tuesday.

As usual, the team didn’t disclose the terms of the agreement, but it was previously reported as a 4-year deal worth $52 million.

“When the process started, it obviously ended pretty quickly because they knew what I wanted to do, and I kind of knew where I wanted to be, so it was a pretty easy discussion,” Ingles said on a conference call with media on Tuesday, citing the combination of a good basketball fit and the fact that he and his wife Renae are appreciative of what the Jazz organization does for them and their twins, who turned a year old on Monday.

The contract is yet another mark of Ingles’ interesting path to being a key piece of an NBA rotation. He was cut by the L.A. Clippers during training camp in 2014 and soon after signed by a rebuilding Utah team.

In his three years with the Jazz, Ingles has missed just four games, and has averaged 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. During the 2016-2017 campaign, he shot over 44 percent from behind the 3-point line and was one of the Jazz’s peskiest defenders.

Ingles credits Utah’s coaching staff for helping him develop into a player who, he confirmed Tuesday, other teams were interested in signing when the free agency period opened.

“He’s been in a lot of different situations to know what it takes to get (to the NBA),” Ingles said of head coach Quin Snyder, “and I think he’s got the right staff around him to help that.”

The 6-foot-8 29-year-old from Australia recently said he and Renae will be helping Utah’s underprivileged families with the money from his new contract.

“We really want to give back. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do. It probably seems coincidental when I sign a new contract, but it’s more the fact of having my own kids and seeing them.”

Ingles noted that his son Jacob had some health challenges as a newborn, which made being able to help others something he wanted to do all the more.

“Once you go through things like that, it changes your mind pretty quickly, and obviously we’re in a position that we can help these families and these kids specifically, and we’re going to do that.”

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Published at Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:35:00 +0000