The Utah Jazz announced today that they have started making their first roster cuts from training camp. Dennis Lindsey and company are saying ‘so long’ to Marcus Paige, Quincy Ford, and Eric Dawson.
Jazz Waive Dawson, Ford and Paige— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 13, 2016
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From the press release:
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forward Eric Dawson, forward/guard Quincy Ford and guard Marcus Paige. Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 17 players.
Eric Dawson (6-9, 255, Mideastern State) appeared in one preseason game, scoring two points in 13 minutes of action vs. Phoenix on Oct. 12. He signed as a free agent on Sept. 21,
Quincy Ford (6-8, 225, Northeastern) scored two points in 12 minutes vs. the Suns on Oct. 12. He signed as a free agent on Sept. 6 after competing for the Jazz entries in both the Utah Jazz Summer League and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Paige (6-2, 175, North Carolina) averaged 5.5 points and 1.5 assists in two preseason games for Utah. He also competed at the Utah Jazz Summer League and NBA Summer League for the Jazz entries.
Paige was one of our 2nd round draft picks this year, and the sharpshooter is likely to be asked to stay in the program and join the Salt Lake City Stars. Hopefully Lindsey and the rest of the front office are equally high on Quincy Ford. Dawson has strong ties to Quin Snyder as well, but I don’t think he’s on our radar. He can make more money playing overseas than he can in the NBA DL.
So the roster goes down from 20 players to 17. The last major cuts are likely to be Henry Sims, and then final countdown between:
- Jeff Withey — bigman center who didn’t play last game
- Chris Johnson — hustle 3 and D candidate who is playing his way onto the roster
Also, possibly, there could be something up between point guards Shelvin Mack and Raul Neto. I don’t know if the team is going to keep four point guards on the roster, especially not with the wing injuries to Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks. Regardless, this is going to be a deep team. When was the last time we worried about our 14th and 15th man on the roster?
Was it never?
This is going to be a really good team. Hope we see Paige, Ford, and Dawson again down the line. They all have “Jazz DNA”.