The Utah Jazz are apparently not major fans of Adam Sandler’s movie Hustle. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, they have waived the movie’s star, Juancho Hernangomez.
Utah is waiving forward Juancho Hernangomez, sources tell me and @Tjonesonthenba.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2022
Hernangomez made his way to Utah via midseason trade and averaged 6.2 points per game in 17 contests. The 26-year-old also played with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs last season. After spending the first three seasons of his career with the Denver Nuggets, he has not spent consecutive full seasons with the same team over the last three seasons.
As an actor, Hernangomez starred in Hustle alongside Sandler in the role of Bo Cruz, a spectacular prospect that Sandler’s character (Stanley Sugerman, a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers) hopes to bring to the NBA. Fans across the basketball world will be interested to see where Cruz heads next.
As a solid shooter standing at 6-foot-9, in addition to a masterful performer on the big screen, plenty of teams will have interest in Hernangomez as a bench piece. He should be able to slide in as a backup four on just about any squad. Utah, though, chose to save money and open up a roster spot for someone else.
The Jazz agreed to trade Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets earlier today, so they are still in need of more players on the wings. They decided that they did not want to pay Hernangomez roughly $7 million and now have to find more supporting pieces for Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (should they keep him).