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Report: Utah Jazz waive Joel Bolomboy

Joel Bolomboy

The Utah Jazz have waived forward Joel Bolomboy, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Bolomboy, whose $1.3 million contract is guaranteed for this season, figures to be the last cut for the Jazz, who are now at 15 players with NBA contracts on the roster prior to the start of the regular season.

The final spot on the roster ultimately came down to Bolomboy or guard Royce O’Neale. Both players made a strong case with strong performances in preseason. Bolomboy was the unfortunate casualty despite averaging eight points and four rebounds on 73.3 percent shooting in just eight minutes per game during preseason.

The Jazz drafted Joel Bolomboy, 23, No. 52 overall in the 2016 draft following a distinguished career at Weber State. He played in 12 regular-season games for the Jazz last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 4.4 minutes. He spent much of the year with the Jazz G League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars, averaging 16.6 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

Bolomboy’s release shouldn’t significantly affect the Jazz’s power forward rotation for this season. Veteran Joe Johnson will likely see time at backup power forward behind Derrick Favors, while offseason signings Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh can also fill in some minutes.