Utah Jazz to Acquire New Player, Cut Another

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The Utah Jazz are expected to call up guard Travis Leslie from the NBA Developmental League and sign him to a 10-day contract. The move will force the team to let go another player since the Jazz already have a full roster of 15 players.

Leslie was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 47th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in 10 games for Los Angeles last season in which he averaged 1.4 points and 4.5 minutes per game while shooting 35.7 percent from the field.

In March of last year, he was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam, the Clippers’ D-League affiliate. Last November Leslie was waived by Los Angeles and picked up by the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League Draft. The 22-year-old was a D-League All-Star in 2013 and was the game’s Most Valuable Player after he recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and one assist.

Utah will most likely cut ties with shooting guard Raja Bell to make room for Leslie. Bell signed a three-year, $10 million contract in 2010, but decided not to be a part of the team this season. The reasons for this are not exactly known considering he did not lack playing time over the past two years, even though his production on the court was not ideal. There have been reports that the split was mutual between Bell and the Jazz. This is an easy move for Utah considering the 36-year-old is still under contract despite not suiting up one game.

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