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Joe Ingles signs 4-year, $52 million contract with Utah Jazz

Joe Ingles signs 4-year, $52 million contract with Utah Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY — The man affectionately known as "Jingles" is returning to the Utah Jazz.

Joe Ingles is finalizing details on an agreement with the Utah Jazz, a league source tells KSL.com. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the deal is for 4 years, $52 million.

Ingles was the third-leading 3-point shooter in the NBA last season (shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc), and started all 11 playoff games for Utah. He averaged 24 minutes per game for the Jazz during the regular season.

Ingles, an Australian, is 29 years old. He shares an agent (Mark Bartelstein) with Gordon Hayward, and is one of Hayward's best friends on the team, which also hastened the Jazz's desire to sign him to a deal. Ingles met with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, head coach Quin Snyder, and president Steve Starks on Saturday before agreeing to a deal.

At the beginning of the summer, Ingles had expressed interest in re-signing with the Utah Jazz.

"Everyone knows that I want to come back. I couldn't think of a better place to come back," Ingles said then. "Hopefully it all works out and it's a nice quick process and I'll be back here as soon as possible."

Ingles had met with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier Saturday. Ironically, the Clippers were the team that brought Ingles to the NBA for training camp first, before Clippers head coach Doc Rivers cut Ingles.

"After I got cut, Quin (Snyder) was the only one that believed in me to bring me in and give me a shot," Ingles said.

Ingles may have begun life in Utah as the last man on the roster, but earned playing time thanks to injuries throughout his three seasons with the Jazz. During the 2016-17 season, he earned a much larger starting role, thanks to his improved defense, great 3-point shooting, and a newfound ability to finish reliably at the rim.

This improvement meant Ingles had significant interest on the free agent market. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post said that Orlando was prepared to offer Ingles a 4-year, $60 million contract to Ingles. He also had meetings scheduled with the Brooklyn Nets, but knew from the beginning that he wanted to return to Utah.

"I love Utah. Before I came here, it wasn't on my bucket list to visit. But with Renee and the kids, it was a perfect city for us to be in," Ingles said. "It's kind of like back home in Adelaide. We've really enjoyed it. Hopefully, there's a lot more to go."

The good news for Ingles and the Jazz: there's four more years.

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