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SALT LAKE CITY — 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.