Undrafted out of Virginia Commonwealth, Graham is an excellent rebounder for his position. He can score multiple ways and his length is a defensive asset, but his athleticism is limited for an NBA player.
The Jazz have 13 players with guaranteed salaries. Graham will compete with four players on fully unguaranteed deals – Christopher Johnson, Jack Cooley, Elijah Millsap and Bryce Cotton – for the final two regular-season roster spots. Graham’s guarantee might give him a slight advantage, but I’d still give the edge to Millsap and Cotton. Millsap looked defensively last year, and Cotton provides needed point guard depth after Exum’s injury.
Most likely, Utah waives Graham and assigned his D-League rights to its affiliate, the Idaho Stampede. Eating a $75,000 guarantee probably wouldn’t prohibit the Jazz from making any moves they’d make otherwise.
But Graham at least gets that small payout and a chance to impress in training camp. It’s hardly inconceivable the Temple Hills, Md., native makes the regular-season roster.
Giannis Antetokounmpo drops 13 points in 14 minutes for Greece (VIDEO)
EuroBasket tips off in a couple of weeks, and for NBA teams that can be a double-edged sword. On one side, there is the risk of injury (different international event, but think Dante Exum).
On the other side, for guys that could use more development, it’s a chance to get on the court and play at a relatively high level of competition, with good coaching.
The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is trying to take advantage of the latter. In a friendly against Bosnia, the Greek dropped 13 points in just 14 minutes of action. He had three rebounds and three blocks as well. Since I’m guessing you didn’t stream this live, above are some highlights.
The first rule of trading a player: Don’t look like you’re trying to trade a player. Keep some leverage.
A report surfaced Monday that the Washington Wizards were open to trading point guard Garrett Temple to the Utah Jazz — he’d be third on the Wizards’ depth chart (behind John Wall and Ramon Sessions) while Utah needs point guard depth in the wake of the Dante Exum tearing his ACL and likely missing the season. There’s some logic to it.
But the Wizards aren’t looking to move him, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
Based on what Im being told, I speculated this Fri, Wiz REALLY like Temple. They're not trying to unload him #WizardsTalk#NBA@CSNWizards
He adds that the Jazz and Warriors have not spoken. Officially they likely haven’t (they likely have started the process though back channels).
Temple is a defense-first point guard, which is why Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman likely wants him around. But the Wizards have a price they would take to unload Temple, the Jazz just have to get to that number. It’s a negotiation.