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Jazz reportedly set to sign Danuel House Jr. to hardship contract

Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn.

Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (Brandon Dill, Associated Press)



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SALT LAKE CITY β€” The Utah Jazz will have a new player, but it's best to not get too attached.

On Wednesday, The Athletic reported the Jazz are planning to sign forward Danuel House Jr. to a 10-day hardship contract.

A move like that was expected following the trade of Miye Oni and the news that Joe Ingles had entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Then came the full injury report from the Jazz:

  • OUT - Joe Ingles (Health & Safety Protocols)
  • QUESTIONABLE - Rudy Gobert (Left Shoulder Inflammation)
  • QUESTIONABLE - Bojan Bogdanovic (Left Finger Sprain)
  • QUESTIONABLE - Royce O'Neale (Right Patellar Tendonitis)
  • QUESTIONABLE - Hassan Whiteside (Concussion Protocol)
  • QUESTIONABLE - Udoka Azubuike (Right Ankle Sprain)
  • PROBABLE - Donovan Mitchell (Left Low Back Strain)
  • PROBABLE - Jordan Clarkson (Low Back Tightness)

If Utah has less than 13 available players due to health and safety protocols, it must sign a player to a 10-day hardship contract. With Oni gone, Ingles out and five guys listed as questionable, that number would have been hard to reach.

Enter House Jr.

The 6-foot-7 forward was waived by the Houston Rockets earlier this season after playing in 16 games, where he averaged 4.8 points and shot just 37% from the field. House later signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks but dislocated his finger after appearing in one game.

The 28-year-old played parts of seasons with the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns, before finding a home in the Rockets rotation.

In 2019-20, House averaged a career-best 10.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. That season ended on a sour note for House when he was kicked out of the NBA Bubble after violating COVID-19 protocols by having a guest in his room.

House may be most recognizable to Jazz fans from Utah's 2019 first-round series against the Rockets where he played 23 minutes per game in that series, and averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds to help the Rockets eliminate the Jazz 4-1.

For his career, House has averaged 8.8 points and shot 36% from the 3-point line.

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