Utah Jazz reportedly sign small forward Royce O'Neale

Utah Jazz reportedly sign small forward Royce O'Neale

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz apparently aren’t done building their roster yet.

After a flurry of action last week in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s departure, it’s been reported by a Spanish basketball publication that the Jazz have agreed to terms with former Baylor small forward Royce O’Neale.

O’Neale’s deal is for three years with the first one fully guaranteed (and not a two-way G-League contract), according to Gigantes reporter Chema de Lucas.

The 6-foot-6 O’Neale went undrafted out of Baylor in 2015. He has played international basketball in Germany (Ludwigsburg) and in Spain (Gran Canaria) since his college career ended, and recently signed to play in Lithuania with BC Zalgiris.

O’Neale has played on NBA summer league teams with Boston, Golden State, Orlando and New Orleans. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds with the Pelicans in five games in Las Vegas this past week but only shot 41.7 percent overall and 15.4 percent from 3-point range.

If O’Neale’s contract is indeed as reported, the Jazz will either have to waive one player or pull off a trade to have him on the roster when the NBA season starts in October.

Utah currently has a fully loaded squad of 15 players after agreeing to deals with veterans Jonas Jerebko, Epke Udoh and Thabo Sefolosha last week.

The Deseret News has not yet confirmed the Gigantes report.

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Published at Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0000