Elijah Millsap has been as advertised in Utah.
He is a quality wing defender off the bench for the Jazz, but he is a dreadful shooter. He took more than 30 percent of his shots from three and hit 8.3 percent of them. He took more than half his shots in the restricted area and hit just 50 percent.
Those numbers and a non-guaranteed contract led the Jazz to release Millsap on Tuesday.
The Jazz had until the 10th to cut him before his contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season; they chose to make the move a few days early. Doing so gives Millsap a chance to land on another roster, either with a 10-day contract (how he first came to the Jazz last January) or through another deal. I’d be surprised if another team doesn’t give him a look.
Elijah is the brother of Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap.