The Utah Jazz were still 1 player over the roster limit starting off the day. They have made the necessary move to trim it down by officially announcing the waiving of Joel Bolomboy.
Bolomboy (6-9, 235, Weber State) was originally drafted by the Jazz in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft and appeared in 12 games during the 2016-17 season, owning averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 4.4 minutes per game. He also appeared in two games for Utah during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, averaging 2.0 points and 1.0 boards in 4.5 minutes.
During last season, Bolomboy played in 24 games (22 starts) while on assignment with the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team, the Salt Lake City Stars, where he averaged 16.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 34.5 minutes per contest.
This must have been a very difficult decision for GM Dennis Lindsey and his team. While Bolomboy had a very difficult summer league, he flashed his potential again in the preseason. Unfortunately for him, the Jazz seemed more set in their big man rotation so there apparently wasn’t room for him.
And to make matters worse for the Jazz, he is ineligible to play for the SLC Stars because he has made more than $50,000 this year in guaranteed money (a rule change there seems necessary). Being a local product from Weber State, I really hope he lands on his feet and can stick somewhere. For now though, Royce O’Neale appears to have beaten him out for the last roster spot on the Utah Jazz.
Good luck Joel and we wish you the best! You will always have a ton of fans here in Utah.