On Wednesday, Utah Jazz guard Ian Clark tweeted “Cold World,” a tweet that might normally be overlooked if it wasn’t for a pending decision needed to be made by midnight tonight by the Jazz. At that time, Clark’s second year of a two-year deal with Utah becomes fully guaranteed, meaning he’ll be around for the 2014-15 season. However, the Jazz have the ability to waive Clark before that time, meaning the $816,482 salary he is due for the upcoming year would vanish, and he’d subsequently become a free agent.
The tweet has to make one wonder if he knows something is up or has already been told by Jazz brass that he will not be coming back for the upcoming year. Clark, who signed a two-year deal worth $1.3 million last July with the Jazz after being named 2013 NBA Summer League MVP, only played in 23 games last year for the Jazz and spent part of the year in the D-League.
In those 23 games, Clark played sparingly, usually in garbage time as he averaged 3.0 points per game in 7.5 minutes played. In eight games in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam, Clark showed some promise, putting up 12.4 ppg, 5.3 apg and 3.3 rpg in 32 minutes played. Furthermore, during the 2014 NBA Summer League, while he didn’t put up the numbers he did in 2013, Clark played solidly, averaging 8.4 ppg, including a 17-point performance against the Denver Nuggets.
There has been no indication yet from the Jazz that Clark will be waived, and if anything it looks as though Utah will be keeping the Tennessee native around. Last week the Jazz released its Jr. Jazz schedule (where a couple select players go around the Utah/Wyoming/Idaho/Nevada region to teach basketball to kids) and Clark was one of the scheduled participants for the camp’s third week (Aug. 11-14).
While the Jr. Jazz schedule is a good indication of Clark spending another year in Salt Lake City, it doesn’t guarantee anything as another player could easily fill his spot. If the Jazz have found another guard that looks to be more promising, don’t be surprised if an announcement comes later today of Clark being cut. However, at this point Jazz fans should assume Clark will be around one more year. Either way, we’ll all find out soon enough.