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Utah Jazz sign Tyler Cavanaugh to two-way contract

The move should solidify Utah’s projected roster going into the 2018 season.

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News broke Wednesday that the Utah Jazz would be using their second two-way contract to sign forward Tyler Cavanaugh, despite previous reports that the Jazz and summer league standout Stanton Kidd had been close to a deal. With Naz Mitrou-Long occupying Utah’s other two-way spot, this would appear to be the finishing touch on Utah’s roster heading into next season.

The 24-year old Cavanaugh spent time both with the Atlanta Hawks and their G-League affiliate the Erie Bayhawks last season. He appeared in 39 games for the Hawks, starting in 1. Cavanaugh averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game for Atlanta. For the Bayhawks, he played 11 games, starting 5 of those. He got more playing time in the G-League on a per game basis, averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 23.6 minutes there.

Cavanaugh has stretch 4 potential. He shot 36% on 2.3 three-point attempts per game in the NBA in 2017-18. In the G-League, he shot the ball better, at 45% on 4.6 attempts beyond the arc per game.

Ideally, Cavanaugh won’t be needed for Utah at the NBA level, but having that kind of shooting potential on your deep bench can’t hurt, and he could be a boon to the Salt Lake City Stars.