The Jazz have signed unrestricted free agent small forward E.J. Singler, the team has announced. The length and terms of the arrangement are not yet known. It is likely a minimum salary pact that includes little or no guaranteed money, but that is merely my speculation.
Singler, 25, is the younger brother of Thunder small forward Kyle Singler. Utah’s Singler went undrafted in 2013 and was in training camp last season with the Trail Blazers. He spent the rest of the 2014/15 season with BC Kalev/Cramo of Estonia, appearing in 60 games, 19 of them starts, and averaging 6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.2 minutes of action per contest. During the 2013/14 campaign he played for the Idaho Stampede, Utah’s D-League affiliate, logging averages of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 28.2 minutes in 22 appearances.
Utah’s roster now sits at 16 players, including 12 with full guarantees on their salaries. The Jazz will need to pare down that number by one prior to Monday’s deadline to finalize regular season rosters. Singler was likely signed with an eye on retaining his D-League rights, though that is speculation on my part.