The Jazz have signed Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release. Because Utah released Raja Bell earlier this month to sign Travis Leslie, then didn't renew Leslie's first 10-day deal, the club had an open roster spot, so a corresponding move isn't necessary.
McNeal, 25, had been playing for the Bakersfield Jam, the D-League affiliate of the Hawks, Raptors, Clippers, and Suns. The former Marquette standout was named a D-League All-Star this season for the second time. He has averaged 18.1 PPG and 5.5 APG in 44 games while helping lead the Jam to a D-League-best 32-13 record.
The Raptors brought McNeal to camp this past fall, but didn't include him on their regular-season roster, cutting him about a week before the season got underway. As our 10-day contract tracker shows, this isn't the first time McNeal has been signed to a 10-day deal, though he has yet to appear in an NBA regular-season contest.