UTAH JAZZ

Jazz Sign To Darius Bazley, Kenneth Lofton Jr.

Mar 11, 2024, 11:08 AM | Updated: 11:40 am

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Darius Bazley #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz are reportedly signing NBA veterans Darius Bazley and Kenneth Lofton Jr.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the signings on social media.

The Jazz will waive Otto Porter Jr. according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania to make room for the signings.

Jazz To Sign Darius Bazley, Kenneth Lofton Jr.

According to Wojnarowski the Jazz will sign both Bazley and Lofton to non-guaranteed deals.

“Free agent F Darius Bazley is planning to sign a non-guaranteed three-year deal with the Utah Jazz, sources tell ESPN,” the NBA insider wrote. “He’s averaged 21 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Delaware of G League this season.”

Bazley was originally selected by the Jazz in the 2019 NBA Draft but was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Mike Conley trade before being redirected to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The uber-athletic wing has averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 231 appearances with the Thunder, the Phoenix Suns, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Free agent F Kenneth Lofton Jr., is signing a three-year non-guaranteed contract with the Utah Jazz, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski wrote. “Lofton has played with the Sixers and Grizzlies this season.”

Lofton went undrafted in 2022 before signing a two-way contract with the Grizzlies.

The forward was waived by Memphis in December before signing with the 76ers on a 10-day contract in March.

Lofton has career averages of 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 41 appearances.

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