Utah Jazz Likely to Call Up Dontell Jefferson From D-League
The Jazz have long held a very close relationship with their D-League affiliate the Utah Flash. While the Flash are independently owned by Brandt Anderson, the Flash are staffed by personnel from the Jazz family, package their tickets together, and even practice regularly at the Jazz' practice facility, often following Jazz practices. So in this time of need for a highly structured organization, it makes sense that they are turning to their partners in Orem.
FanHouse has learned that the Jazz are "very likely" to sign Dontell Jefferson call-up Tuesday to fill their final roster spot.
Jefferson is the most likely call-up prospect, not only working in the Flash system which mirrors the Jazz, but has the meat and potatoes the Jazz are looking for. Jefferson is averaging 19 points and 5.9 assists this season. Adding to his likelihood of being called up are the facts that O'Connor has already said he's being considered, and Jefferson's closeness with starting small forward Ronnie Brewer, a fellow Arkansas Razorback. In fact, Jefferson was largely pulled to the Flash due to Brewer.
As if this information didn't make Jefferson the safe bet as is, Kevin O'Connor was in attendance at Monday's game between the Flash and the Utah Stampede. While O'Connor's presence at a Flash game on a Jazz off-night isn't necessarily earth-shattering, the timing is curious following this weekend's pow-wow of Jazz figures to decide on the 13th roster spot. Not to mention the fact that the man went to Idaho, what, just to catch a good game (which it was, an overtime thriller the Flash won behind solid contributions all over, including Jefferson's 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals)?
The Jazz aren't exactly hurting for guard contributions -- hence, the sacrifice of Maynor for nickels. But bringing in Jefferson, a young project versed in their system and culture, as well as part of the "family" fits right in with their MO. The only thing that would steer them in another direction would be a move to bring in a veteran locker-room presence. Such a move would likely require more of a financial investment and would also be more of a long-term move, whereas a D-League call-up would likely be a 10-day contract.