Utah Jazz notebook: Rookie Jeremy Evans 'day-to-day' with wrist injury
X-rays were negative
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Jazz rookie forward Jeremy Evans did not practice Monday morning due to the sprained right wrist he sustained in Sunday night's win at Oklahoma City.
The Jazz are calling Evans "day-to-day," and his availability for Wednesday night's home game against Toronto is uncertain.
X-rays of the wrist taken during Sunday's game were negative.
Evans — backing up Paul Millsap at power forward — was injured in Sunday's first half and did not return for the second half.
The second-round draft choice from Western Kentucky scored 11 points in the Jazz's season-opening loss at Denver last Wednesday night, but he did not play (coach's decision) in Utah's home-opening loss to Phoenix on Thursday night.
ALUMNI UPDATE: The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year option on the rookie contract of ex-Jazz big Kosta Koufos.
The Ohio State product now is guaranteed to make $2.2 million next season.
Koufos was part of the package the Jazz sent to Minnesota when they traded for ex-Timberwolves big man Al Jefferson in July.
He played 84 games over two seasons in Utah, and is averaging 3.3 points and 8.0 minutes in three games for Minnesota.
DOWN ON THE FARM: Othyus Jeffers, who played 14 games for the Jazz last season but was waived last month, reportedly plans to return to his former NBA Development League team, the Iowa Energy.
According to Fanhouse.com, two of Jazz power forward Paul Millsap's brothers are headed to D-League training camps.
Elijah Millsap, who was in NBA training camp with Oklahoma City after going undrafted last June out of Alabama-Birmingham, will go to camp with the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers. Former Jazz summer-leaguer and ex-Utah Flash player John Millsap plans to attend the Sioux Falls Skyforce's camp after getting picked from a local tryout pool.
HE SAID IT: Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, on facing adversity: ""That's one of the things that we try to tell our guys right from the beginning. We didn't know it was gonna hit us as fast as it did, and that there would be a lot of anxiety and all that stuff going on. But that's how you survive in this business — from being able to fight back."
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