Jazz Sign Former Heat Center Omer Yurtseven

The Jazz have signed former Heat center Omer Yurtseven, according to a team press release.

It’s a two-year contract with a starting salary of $2.8MM, ESPN’s Bobby Marks tweets.

According to The Athletic’s John Hollinger, Utah had $2,841,448 cap space remaining and apparently used it to sign the Turkish big man (Twitter link).

The seven-foot Yurtseven is entering his third NBA season. He has averaged 5.2 points on 53.3% shooting and 4.9 rebounds in 65 career games (12 starts). He has also appeared in 17 postseason contests the past two seasons.

Yurtseven became an unrestricted free agent when Miami declined to extend him a qualifying offer. Yurtseven’s QO was only worth a projected $2.22MM but the Heat, burdened by luxury tax issues, chose to let him test the market.

Yurtseven projects as the third center behind Walker Kessler and Kelly Olynyk. Utah had been in the market to improve its frontcourt depth. The club made an offer sheet to restricted free agent Paul Reed but the Sixers matched it.

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