NBA Trade News: Utah Jazz Signs Free Agent Forward J. J. O’Brien
Free agent forward J.J. O’Brien has signed with the Utah Jazz. Jazz added the 23-year-old rookie forward in a bid to bolster their front court ahead of the training camp. The team announced the signing on Friday, though the details of the deal weren’t disclosed.
O’Brien now stands at the verge of starting his NBA career after the completion of his collegiate career. The 6-foot-7 forward played in University of Utah before switching to San Diego State. He featured for the Aztecs from 2011-2015 to complete his collegiate career.
He averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior campaign with San Diego. The forward also won the All-Mountain West Conference honorable after notching up eight double figure performances and returning with ten or more rebounds in two games as a junior player.
O’Brien was a member of Utah Jazz team in the recently concluded 2015 Utah Jazz Summer League. He also featured for Jazz in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In Vegas, O’Brien posted average of 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.8 minutes. In Jazz Summer League, he played in all three games averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes.
O’Brien in Jazz roster will now be adding depth in the wings. He isn’t a likely starter. The rookie forward will feature behind Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles and Chris Johnson.
Utah Jazz finished last season with a 38-44 win-record and registered sixth best winning percentage after the All-Star break.