The Utah Flash front office had a busy week, as team officials made three changes to their roster.
The Utah Jazz reassigned guard Morris Almond to the Flash for his second stint in the NBA Development League. Prior to being recalled, he had averaged 29.8 points per game, which was leading the D-League.
Since his return, Almond has struggled, shooting just 5-24 for 15 points in two games.
"I'm excited to have him back," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "I'm not sure why it's taken him a couple games. I'm not really worried. I think he'll get into a rhythm. He's struggled shooting the basketball. He'll figure it out, hopefully sooner than later."
The Flash added guard Garry Hill-Thomas on Jan. 23. In order to make room on the roster for him, they waived guard Aleksandar Ugrinoski, who recently broke his wrist and is expected to be out for a few more weeks.
"There's no injured list, so we waived (Ugrinoski) because of injury," Flash General Manager David Fredman said. "No other team can pick him up. We have his rights."
Fredman noted that Hill-Thomas was the last cut coming out of training camp, so it was natural to bring him in if the need arose.
The Flash also added guard Kevin Sweetwyne on Tuesday, waiving center Aristide Sawadogo in the process."We felt with (Ugrinoski's) injury, we wanted to shore up the point guard position," Fredman said. "Kevin has pro experience and showed interest in playing with us. So we brought him in to practice. And he looked good, so we're going to give him a shot."
The week that was
The Flash had a rough weekend. First, they dropped a hard-fought 101-97 decision to the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday in a game that had 61 fouls between the teams.
Then, they embarked on a six-game road trip and got hammered 95-71 by the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Sunday, primarily because they shot just 30 percent from the field.
The losses dropped the Flash to 13-12 on the season, 6.5 games behind the first-place Idaho Stampede.The Flash also played Tuesday against Los Angeles and late Wednesday against the Bakersfield Jam.
The Flash will finish their road trip with three games this week.
First, they play at the Austin Toros on Friday at 5 p.m. Then, they stay in Texas to play at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Finally, they play the Colorado 14ers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.