SEPTEMBER 14: The Suns have formally signed Jok, according to RealGM’s official log of NBA transactions.
AUGUST 24: Undrafted shooting guard Peter Jok has reached an agreement on a partially guaranteed contract with the Suns, reports Chad Leistikow of The Des Moines Register (hat tip to Sportando). Guardian Mike Nixon tells Leistikow that Jok had three other offers, but opted for a deal with Phoenix.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for myself because it puts me in a position to earn a spot on the team,” Jok said in a text message to the Register. “And if I don’t, then I’ll be playing for [the Suns’] G League team to work on my game, which I see as a positive.”
With 14 players officially on NBA contracts and two more on two-way deals, the Suns currently have 16 players on their roster. That number increases to 18 with the additions of Jok and Alex Len, who remains a restricted free agent.
Although Phoenix is approaching its 20-man offseason limit, the club still has just 12 players on fully guaranteed contracts, so Jok could have an opportunity to compete for a regular-season roster spot. If the 23-year-old doesn’t break camp with the Suns, he’ll likely join the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s G League team, as an affiliate player.
In his final year at Iowa, Jok averaged an impressive 19.9 PPG to go along with 5.5 RPG and 2.6 APG. The 6’6″ guard had a shooting line of .467/.380/.911. Jok joined the Pelicans for Summer League play last month, but only had a part-time role in three games with the team, averaging 9.0 PPG in 17.9 MPG.