Utah Jazz: Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans highlight Jazz's summer-league roster
, Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz still aren't sure who will be on their team when fall camp opens up in a couple of months — and might not be for some time while this free agency frenzy plays itself out.
While things were quiet on the Jazz rumor/report front Tuesday, they finalized their roster for the upcoming 10-team summer-league tournament in Orlando.
The player to garner the most interest on Utah's 19-man list for the July 7-12 event, no doubt, will be rookie Trey Burke. Jazz fans have been buzzing about the 6-foot-1 point guard ever since he was acquired on a draft-night trade after being picked ninth overall by Minnesota.
Burke, the 2013 national player of the year from NCAA runner-up Michigan, will sport No. 33 in his first official appearance as a Jazzman.
The 20-year-old will be joined in Orlando by several players expected to have regular roles in the Jazz rotation, including third-year shooting guard Alec Burks and former NBA Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans. Returning Utah players Kevin Murphy and Jerel McNeal, both with non-guaranteed contracts, are also participating with Utah's summer squad.
The Jazz are hopeful that rookie Rudy Gobert, also on the roster, will be able to play in a couple of games at the end of the summer league. The 7-1 center, also acquired on a draft-day trade, still has to agree to a buyout with his French team and receive FIBA clearance before being allowed to play with the Jazz.
Utah's other new addition, Brazilian point guard Raul Neto, will not be allowed to take part in the Jazz's summer league because of contractual obligations with his Spanish team.
Center Enes Kanter continues to rehab from his spring shoulder surgery, so he'll remain in Chicago. Utah won't be joined by small forward Gordon Hayward or power forward Derrick Favors, either, as they are training for their upcoming Team USA minicamp later this month in Las Vegas.
Jazz fans are quite familiar with one name on the summer roster: Michael Stockton, whose father is the famous author of the book "Assisted."
Utah's team will go through a four-day minicamp in Orlando, beginning Wednesday through Saturday. The roster will be trimmed in time for Sunday's opener.
This year's summer league has a tournament format. Each team can earn points for winning games and quarters. Friday's schedule will be determined by the standings. Other teams to play at Orlando include the Magic, Celtics, Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Heat, Thunder and 76ers.
Utah will not participate in the NBA's Las Vegas summer league.
The Jazz's Orlando schedule: Sunday vs. Miami (11 a.m. MDT), Monday bye, Tuesday vs. Houston (1 p.m.), Wednesday vs. Brooklyn (9 a.m.), Thursday vs. Indiana (9 a.m.) and Friday (Championship Day, TBD).
All games will be televised on NBA-TV, but the summer league is closed to the public.
The full roster: PG Trey Burke (6-1, 185), G Alec Burks (6-6, 205), F Jeremy Evans (6-9, 194), C Rudy Gobert (7-1, 235), G Jerel McNeal (6-3, 200), G Kevin Murphy (6-6, 185), G Michael Stockton (6-1, 170), F Jeff Brooks (6-8, 215), G/F William Buford* (6-6, 220), G Dionte Christmas (6-5, 205), F Tony Gaffney (6-8, 215), F Drew Gordon* (6-8, 245), G Rodney Green* (6-5, 210), F/C Rick Jackson* (6-9, 240), F Delroy James (6-8, 220), F/C Rasid Mahalbasic* (6-11, 220), F James Mays (6-9, 230), F Amath M'Baye (6-9, 216), G Chris Roberts* (6-4, 205). (*Participated in the Jazz's free-agent mini-camp in June.)
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