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The Utah Jazz waive Josh Christopher; sign Jason Preston to a two-way contract

Utah keeps looking for another diamond in the rough

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The Utah Jazz waived two-way guard Josh Christopher on Monday night. He signed his deal in October, just before the season started. Christopher had been a bright spot for the Salt Lake City Stars this season, averaging 16.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Christopher had just finished his best game of the season, with 34 points on 8-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

Utah decided not to waive their other two-way players, Johnny Juzang and Micah Potter. When the Jazz waived Christopher, it was clear that they had another target in mind. It only took three minutes for that expected news to come.

Jason Preston is a big point guard who played for Ohio and was drafted by the Clippers in 2021. Despite being a favorite of many draft analysts, Preston has only appeared in 14 NBA games. A large part of that was due to a foot injury before what would have been his rookie season, which required surgery.

In his return to play, he has been an excellent player in the G-League, putting up 16.2 points, seven assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game in his regular-season career. Preston is most known for his passing. At Ohio, he was an elite pick & roll ball-handler and a creator in the open court. He’s 24 years old, but the upside may still be there, and the Utah Jazz are ready to give him a chance to show it.