By Jared Woodcox
Now that Georges Niang is officially a part of the Utah Jazz roster, it will be exciting to see if he can follow in the footsteps of last year’s diamond in the rough Royce O’Neale.
A number of reports indicated on Friday evening that the Utah Jazz have officially signed G-League and Summer League standout Georges Niang to a multi-year contract. This is an exciting announcement for Jazz fans (whether they realize it or not) as Niang has been stellar in recent outings dating back to the 2017-18 G-League season.
It’s even more exciting for Niang himself who has worked his tail off to get to this point. There’s something extremely gratifying about witnessing a player fall out of the league and work his way in, which is exactly what Georges has been able to do.
When the Jazz opted to waive veteran forward Jonas Jerebko, there was ample speculation that the motive behind doing so was precisely intended to open up a spot for Niang. Now we know that such was indeed the case.
According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, the first year of Niang’s deal is guaranteed while the following season is a team option. Furthermore, this contract isn’t just a training camp formality. Instead, Niang is expected to indeed earn the 15th and final spot on Utah’s...