Utah Jazz sign rookie Jairus Lyles, Karl Malone visits summer league


LAS VEGAS — Jairus Lyles has been holding a secret for a couple of days.

On Thursday, the cat came out the bag.

Prior to Thursday’s 75-70 NBA Summer League first-round tournament win against the Orlando Magic, the former UMBC star signed with the Utah Jazz.

He ended with five points, four rebounds and two assists on the night.

“They told me where to go and what time to be today, and I went to the room and signed the contract,” Lyles said. “It was an amazing feeling. I’m very excited to be a part of the Utah Jazz.”

Former UMBC star Jairus Lyles signed a deal with the Utah Jazz today then posted 5 points and 4 rebounds off the bench in a 75-70 NBA #SummerLeague tournament win against Orlando. He said he knew the move would happen for a couple days now. “It was an amazing feeling,” he said. pic.twitter.com/ahdSaVbhmh

— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) July 13, 2018

The Jazz brass are impressed with Lyles’s defense and scoring ability, and he fits the DNA of the organization with his high character. Lyles’s deal includes an Exhibit 10 attachment, which means the team has the option to convert his contract into a two-way deal. He will likely spend time with the Salt Lake City Stars, Utah’s G-League affiliate team.

“I’m just someone who’s going to work hard every single day in practice, in the games and do whatever the coaches ask of me,” Lyles said. “I’m someone who’s not going to get in trouble off the court and just a gym rat. I’m working on getting better every single day to develop an NBA game.

Utah was playing the latest summer league game without second-year center Tony Bradley (left wrist contusion) and rookie guard Grayson Allen (rest). No. 6 pick Mo Bamba and second-year …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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