Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale has agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract extension, agents Ty Sullivan and Steven Heumann of @caa_sports told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2020
“Re-signing Royce to a long-term extension was a priority for our organization,” said Dennis Lindsey, Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations. “Royce is an elite defender and has really shown the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. We feel he brings a versatility to our team that’s vital to our success. We’re happy that we were able to retain not only a great player in Royce, but also a tremendous person.”
“We’ve been really pleased with Royce’s development over the past two-and-half seasons with us,” said Jazz General Manager Justin Zanik. “His progress is a testament to the work ethic he has brought to our team since his first training camp. We’re excited to watch him grow even more in a Jazz uniform.”
— Royce O’Neale (@BucketsONeale00) January 19, 2020
The 6-foot-4 forward has started in 39 games this season and plays nearly 30 minutes per night. O’Neale enters Sunday averaging 6.2 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Utah is sitting comfortably with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Now with their 3-and-D specialist locked up and Mike Conley healthy, the Jazz can focus on climbing even higher in the conference standings.
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