Utah Jazz: Kyle Weaver's 10-day stay with Jazz comes to a close
NEW ORLEANS — Kyle Weaver's stay with the Utah Jazz and return to the NBA proved to be short-lived.
The Jazz decided not to re-sign the versatile 6-foot-6 combo guard after his initial 10-day contract expired Saturday, as was first reported online by the Deseret News on Sunday.
"It just didn't work out," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Weaver's call-up from the D-League was necessary a week and a half ago when the Jazz were down to one point guard because of injuries to Devin Harris and Ronnie Price.
And Weaver, who played with Oklahoma City from 2008-10, made a quick splash with Utah. He scored 19 points at Sacramento in his second game and looked poised after spending most of the season in the D-League with Iowa and Austin.
But Harris has since returned from his hamstring injury, making Weaver expendable for the Jazz with only four days and two games remaining in the 2010-11 season.
"With Devin back, his time was going to be cut way down if he even got in the game. It wasn't worth having him here now," Corbin said. "We just decided it wasn't the right thing to do for us."
Corbin said he could see Weaver earning a fall camp invitation with the Jazz (if the league isn't experiencing a lockout, of course).
"He's done a great job," Corbin said. "I think as he get in and get relaxed, he's a guy that could play a couple of different positions for us and give us some toughness."
Before his fate was known, Weaver was appreciative for his opportunity.
"Having a chance to get out here and play," he said, "has been great for me.."
In five games with Utah, the Washington State product averaged 5.6 points on 36 percent shooting (42.9 percent from 3-point land) along with 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.8 minutes. He scored five points in his Jazz finale Saturday.
SHORTHANDED SQUAD: With Weaver gone — and five injured Utah players not on this trip — the Jazz were down to eight healthy bodies at Sunday's light practice at Trinity University. Paul Millsap stayed at the team hotel because of a sickness, but the starting power forward should be good to go tonight at New Orleans.
SIMPLE MESSAGE: After Saturday's 111-102 loss to San Antonio — Utah's 10th defeat in 11 games — Corbin delivered a simple statement to his team, which is limping to the finish line. Said Corbin to the Jazz, who only have two games remaining: "Just continue to play, learn your lessons now so we can get better going forward."
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