SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz are now expecting to make one last deal this season despite not making a trade before the deadline. Sources, and a Twitter account, are now saying that the Jazz will bring up Travis Leslie from the D-League.
So, then who is Travis Leslie?
Leslie is a 6'4" shooting guard who is extremely athletic and can jump out of the building. Go ahead and check out YouTube for a chunk of his dunks from his college time in Georgia. He dunked on just about everyone in college including a posterizing dunk on then Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins.
He is in his second-year out of college after being drafted with the 47th pick by the L.A. Clippers last season. He was buried behind a load of guards in the Clippers including current Jazz players Mo Williams and Randy Foye. Because of that he spent a large majority of last season and this season in the D-League.
Jazz expected to sign D-League Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie, a source told Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 8, 2013
In the end he played in 10 games in his rookie year. There was nothing spectacular, just cleanup time as would be expected from a player behind a load of talent.
According to ESPN's Hollinger rating he is extremely athletic and a great rebounder for his size, but isn't a great shooter or ballhandler, which could probably explain why he is considered a shooting guard more than a point.
His first year in the D-League he spent his time with the Bakersfield Jam, the Clipper affiliate, his numbers won't wow anyone. He played in 10 games, started 3. He averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds and 20 minutes per game.
This year he has turned it on playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors. He averages 28 minutes to go with 16 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, as a shooting guard. He was named as a replacement in the D-League All-Star game and took home MVP honors for the night.
From a small section of recorded pre-draft interviews he will remind Jazz fans of two people, Alec Burks and DeMarre Carroll. Burks because of his aggressiveness. He talked about being aggressive and attacking in just about every interview. He then talked about being known as a lockdown defender who is looking to improve his shot, like Carroll.
He talked about defense, hard work and being aggressive. He has a lot of confidence and called himself the best athlete in the 2011 draft.
Right now the Jazz have 15 players on the roster, so someone will have to get cut to make room for him. As of right now there is no official word on whether Leslie actually will be brought up, but his Twitter account seems like it is.
It would be a 10-day contract, more likely than not, much like Carroll or Blake Ahearn got to start their Jazz stint last year. Exactly who the Jazz will cut shouldn't be a mystery, but there is nothing official. Prevailing opinion is that Raja Bell will have his long journey as a Jazz player end, but again there is nothing set in stone.