I’m on a two-way contract so I’ve kind of got to be ready whenever. I just take it day by day, each day and just play hard. —Nate Wolters
BROOKLYN — Nate Wolters arrived at his New York hotel here around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.
After playing in Santa Cruz, California, Wednesday for the Salt Lake City Stars of the G League, the Utah Jazz's two-way player received a call-up to the NBA.
So, he hopped on a six-hour flight to fulfill his latest professional obligation.
Wolters participated in Friday’s shootaround with the Jazz then played three minutes in Utah’s 118-107 loss to Brooklyn.
He’s used to the non-traditional process and it doesn’t bother him one bit.
“I’m on a two-way contract so I’ve kind of got to be ready whenever,” Wolters said. “I just take it day by day, each day and just play hard.”
The Jazz signed Wolters to a two-way contract in September. He has played in five G League games for the Stars, for whom he averages 14.6 points, 7.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds while playing nearly 35 minutes per night.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard says the consistent playing time helps for those moments when the Jazz might need him to fill in.
“I just try to bring that energy and be positive on the trip and if my name’s called, just be ready and play hard,” Wolters said.
“It’s kind of the way the contract is, you’ll never know what team you’ll be on,” he added. “But yeah, with the injuries, it made sense for me to be with them on the road trip.”
D’ANGELO RUSSELL UPDATE: Nets guard D’Angelo Russell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday. He initially suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s loss in Utah after scoring 26 points in 33 minutes. Nets general manager Sean Marks said there is still no timetable for his return.
“This is the direction that’s best for D’Angelo this coming season and also long-term,” Marks said. “We’re not going to speculate on a timetable. Obviously, he’s going to miss some time with this but it’ll be somewhat irresponsible to come back and say he’s going to miss 'x' amount of weeks.”
NO RUBIO, NO THABO: Starting point guard Ricky Rubio (right Achilles soreness) and veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) didn’t play against Brooklyn. Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the injuries aren’t necessarily external and won’t require surgeries, but that the decisions were made to prevent any long-term damage.
“You want to be smart,” Snyder said. “Especially with what we’re dealing with, the last thing we need is for Ricky to go out there and show his toughness and play which is what he wants to do.”
ORLANDO MAGIC: During the 2016-17 season, the Jazz swept Orlando 2-0. The Jazz won on the road 87-74 on Nov. 11, 2016, then at home 114-107 on Jan. 14, 2017. Orlando (8-7) should be well rested with a few days off after a four-game West Coast road swing. The Magic went 1-4 during the trip with its lone win against Phoenix. Jonathon Simmons, Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier are all averaging at least 15 points per game. The Jazz and Magic will play at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Amway Center.