Jazz Sign Devoe, Justice; Waive Kinsey, Ongenda

The Jazz have signed guard Michael Devoe and forward Keshawn Justice, the team announced in a press release. To create room on the 21-man offseason roster, Utah waived Taevion Kinsey and Nick Ongenda, both of whom were on training camp contracts.

While the terms of the agreements were not disclosed, it seems likely that Devoe and Justice signed Exhibit 10 deals and will eventually be waived and headed to the G League to play for the Jazz’s affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. In that scenario, both players could earn bonuses worth up to $75K if they spend at least 60 days with the Stars.

The Stars acquired Devoe’s returning player rights from the Rip City Remix (Portland’s new NBAGL affiliate) last month. The former Georgia Tech standout signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Clippers last fall, was waived, and spent his first pro season playing for their affiliate, the Ontario Clippers.

Devoe had modest stats for Ontario (6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20.8 minutes over 29 regular season games), but he had a strong Summer League showing for the Blazers, averaging 18.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals in just 23.9 minutes. Of course, that was a small sample size, as he only played four games.

Justice went undrafted in June after five seasons at Santa Clara. As a “super senior” in 2022/23, the 23-year-old averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds in 33 games for the Broncos (34.9 minutes). He played for the Jazz’s Summer League squad, averaging 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in five games (23.4 minutes).

The Jazz’s roster remains at the offseason maximum of 21 players under contract, including 12 players on guaranteed standard deals. All three of Utah’s two-way slots are filled.

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