NBA Free Agency 2013: Utah Jazz to hold free agent mini-camp for 24 players, Travis Leslie, Lazar Hayward, Luke Zeller to attend

Stephen Dunn

The Utah Jazz self-disclosed that they will be holding a free agent mini-camp which will start tomorrow, and last till the weekend. Some of the details can be found on the nba.com mothership site here. All of these guys were not on playoff rosters, or finished the season on a roster in the NBA. As a result, this is WHY the Jazz can hold this camp now, and not have to wait until later on after the cap is reset on July 1st, 2013. As you probably know the Jazz really don't have anyone on the roster right now. Our entire 2013-2014 team is: Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, and Marvin Williams (we're assuming Marvin doesn't use his ETO now that he's injured and will miss all of training camp and a few weeks of the season). Bringing in 24 guys isn't a bad move for the Jazz as we need people, period.

The Jazz will be working out four full-time PGs, 10 wing players, and 10 bigmen. Of this group, only seven have NBA experience (Travis Leslie, Jermaine Taylor, Lazar Hayward, D.J. Kennedy, Chris Wright, Henry Sims, and Luke Zeller). And of those guys, only three of them were even drafted. So -- these guys aren't guys you are going to build your franchise around. Still, they have their value. First of all, none of them are YOUNGER than our Cowabunga Four. So that's good. Many of them played over-seas and they will be, at the very least, training camp fodder.

So here's the list -- broken up by position.

Draft Last 2012-2013 Season
Name Twitter POS Age Ht Wt College Rnd Pk Yr Team League G MPG PPG RPG APG
1 Cedric Jackson @CedJackson9 PG 27 6 3 209 Cleveland St. - - 2009 Skycity Breakers Australia 33 30.4 14.3 5.9 6.8
2 Marquez Haynes PG 26 6 3 185 Texas Arlington - - 2010 Art Dragons Germany 6 27.2 8.5 2.3 2.5
3 Dee Bost @3DeeBost PG 23 6 2 176 Mississippi St. - - 2012 Buducnost Montenegro 54 21.5 8.3 3.0 1.8
4 Jorge Gutierrez PG 24 6 3 194 California - - 2012 Canton Charge NBA DL 43 31.3 10.5 4.9 4.7
5 Edwin Jackson @edjacks SG 23 6 3 201 France (INT) - - 2011 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne France 36 29.9 15.9 3.4 3.0
6 Rodney Green @rodneygreen10 SG 24 6 5 205 La Salle - - 2010 Novipiu Casale Italy 28 32.3 18.2 4.1 1.8
7 Harouna Mutombo @HMutombo22 SG 6 5 200 West Carolina - - 2012 KB Peja Kosovo
8 Will Buford SG 23 6 6 220 Ohio St. - - 2012 Bluesens Monbus Spain 31 14.2 3.5 1.5 0.5
9 Travis Leslie @FlightLeslie23 SG 23 6 4 205 Georgia 2 47 2011 Santa Cruz Warriors NBA DL 36 27.3 15.4 6.9 2.1
10 Jermaine Taylor @jtaylor8ball SG 26 6 4 209 Central Florida 2 32 2009 Maine Red Claws NBA DL 8 32.4 24.4 3.4 1.9
11 Toure Murry @toure_murry SG 24 6 5 200 Wichita St. - - 2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers NBA DL 46 23.5 8.3 2.5 2.8
12 Chris Roberts @23Croberts24 SG 25 6 4 205 Bradley - - Austin Toros NBA DL 42 33.0 14.4 4.2 2.3
13 Lazar Hayward @LazarHayward11 SF 26 6 6 225 Marquette 1 30 2010 Los Angeles Defenders NBA DL 14 31.6 15.9 8.0 2.2
14 D.J. Kennedy @bigplaydj1 SF 23 6 6 215 St. John's - - 2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers NBA DL 49 37.4 16.6 7.7 5.1
15 Drew Gordon @xtraGORDONary32 PF 22 6 9 235 New Mexico - - 2012 Dinamo Sassari Italy 47 25.2 9.7 7.4 1.0
16 Rasid Mahalbasic @Rasid11 PF / C 22 6 10 220 Bosnia (INT) - - 2012 Asseco Prokom Poland 46 22.8 10.6 6.8 1.7
17 Rick Jackson PF 24 6 9 235 Syracuse - - 2011 Austin Toros NBA DL 48 25.7 10.8 10.0 1.1
18 Arinze Onuaku @youngflashy21 PF 25 6 9 255 Syracuse - - 2010 Canton Charge NBA DL 32 23.7 12.6 9.5 0.7
19 Chris Wright @SELF_MADEest89 PF 24 6 8 220 Dayton - - 2011 Maine Red Claws NBA DL 39 35.1 18.3 9.2 2.0
20 JaMychal Green @Jmyke1 PF 22 6 8 220 Alabama - - 2012 Austin Toros NBA DL 40 24.2 12.3 8.1 1.4
21 Josh Owens @j_cowens PF 24 6 8 245 Stanford - - 2012 Idaho Stampede NBA DL 42 17.9 5.4 4.6 0.4
22 Henry Sims @H_Sims14 C 23 6 10 244 Georgetown - - 2012 Petron Blaze Boosters Philippines 6 38.8 22.8 15.7 1.0
23 Xavier Gibson @zaygibson C 24 6 11 229 Florida St. - - 2012 Panelefsinlakos Greece 23 14.3 6.4 2.9 0.4
24 Luke Zeller @LukeZeller40 C 26 6 11 244 Notre Dame - - 2012 Phoenix Suns NBA 16 3.6 1.2 0.6 0.2

And yea, really, I have no stats on that Mutombo kid. First of all, he's Canadian -- so I can't expect him to be an assertive defender. So don't get your hackles up . . . I think the Jazz wish to remain "flexible" over this season, so they're trying to build an okay team on the cheap. Some of these guys could make our team next year. And this camp will help our team evaluate who we should be looking at.

That said, I want Travis Leslie on our team. I'd rather stick with Jerel McNeal as our 4th PG, and Kevin Murphy as our 7th wing, or whatever. I did discover anecdotal info on each of these guys -- but I don't think you guys would really care. (E.g. Sims played in the NBA, the NBA-DL, and finished last season in the Philippines)

It's going to be a good camp, and thank Dennis Lindsey for organizing this. Man, I was skeptical about the Lin-man, but after he wrangled up a busload of Jazz people to go to Chicago for the draft and now he's getting two 12 man rosters to go at each other for two-a-day practices in June . . . I feel a lot better about him. Sucks to be the former Jazz brass guys who used to just show up to work to play free cell on their computers then leave early to play golf. (Some of the off-the-record stuff you learn about NBA Gms and front office execs help you really understand how some teams are okay with being mediocre)

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