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The Utah Jazz introduced their newest roster addition today, combo-guard Randy Foye. Foye took his physical and officially signed his contract, believed to be a one-year deal worth 2.5 million dollars.
The six-year vet enters his seventh season in the NBA, with a career average of 11.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 27.1 minutes. Foye is just the latest Jazz addition that should improve the team's outside shooting. Last year with the Clippers, the former Villanova star shot 40% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.
While Foye knows the team will need his shooting, he is quick to point out that he's more than just a guy that can hit outside shots. "Definitely want to be a consistent threat, but I'm more than just a three-point shooter. I can make plays, tough on defense, and can handle the ball really well."
Foye has bounced around the NBA. Since being drafted in 2006, he's played with the Timberwolves, Wizards and Clippers. Even though Foye's contract with the Jazz is only for the 2012-2013 season, it appears there is mutual interest in making a long-term commitment. "We're looking for long-term" Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor said. "Steven (Foye's agent) and I had a conversation about it and we think this is going to be a longer term fit than one year".
One thing that has been obvious with all three of the Jazz recent additions (Mo Williams, Marvin Williams and Randy Foye) is that they all have expressed a genuine excitement for playing in Utah. Long-time Jazz fans know all too well that this franchise has been told no by several free agents and potential trade prospects. The other attribute that all of the new Jazzmen have, is that they are all mature and seem to have their priorities in order. That has always been a high priority for the Jazz. "We've always looked for that, but this time we kind of hit a triple with those three guys," O'Connor said.
Foye created the Randy Foye Foundation, which helps at-risk kids in his hometown on Newark, New Jersey. "I just try to give back", Foye stated. "I just try to be a mentor, a big brother that helps younger kids understand that I was in the same situation as you guys growing up. I didn't have parents, I struggled, it was tough for me, but at the end of the day I always had blind faith, understanding that if I did what I was supposed to do, I would ultimately be in a position where I would be successful."
Randy said he usually brings the kids from his foundation on a trip to the cities he plays in. While nothing is scheduled, he said he does plan to bring them to Salt Lake City at some point.