Utah Jazz make move to retain rights to Suton

Published: Sunday, Oct. 4 2015 7:47 a.m. MDT

It's uncertain at this point whether or not center Goran Suton will play for the Utah Jazz this season.

The second-round pick from June's NBA draft still does not have a contract, but the Jazz took a step toward making sure the organization will be his first NBA team.

On Friday, it was verified that the Jazz front office completed the required tender to retain his rights, according to a team spokesperson. The move was necessary to do by Sept. 5, otherwise the Michigan State product could have become an unrestricted free agent per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

This move doesn't guarantee Suton, a sharpshooting 6-foot-10 big man taken 50th overall by the Jazz, will play in Utah this year. The Bosnia-Herzegovina native could still end up playing in Europe, but it ensured that the Jazz will keep his NBA rights for a year.

Neither Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor nor agent Dan Tobin was immediately available for comment on Suton's contract negotiations or his fall camp status.

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