PHOENIX – The Utah Jazz clearly need wingers whose effort and determination shine through on the field.
Maybe they could find something on the trade market, maybe they could make a move to bring someone in, but the Jazz have two open spots on the roster and there’s a player standing just ahead them, making a very good case for keeping it around.
Danuel House originally signed a 10-day hardship deal with the Jazz when COVID-19 finally made its way onto the roster this season. Then they signed him to a standard 10-day deal on Jan. 18 that expires Friday (the Jazz play Memphis on Friday.)
“They believe in me, because they gave me another one,” House said. “I’m just going to ride the wave and make sure I get better.”
The Jazz could sign House to a second standard 10-day contract before having to make a long-term decision. So that means they could sign him to another 10-day contract that would take him to February 8, just before the NBA’s trade deadline (February 10). The Jazz could continue to keep him and see if he can be a hard-hitting player.
But, based on the small sample we have of him with the Jazz so far, he’s shown he has a lot of the traits the Jazz are looking for.
“Just intensity and competitiveness,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said of House after the Jazz lost 115-109 to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. “I think playing hard is as much a skill as anything else and you saw a guy who was hungry and played hard.”
House started for the Jazz on Monday as the team was without its five regular starters as well as Joe Ingles. He played an impressive 42 minutes, 38 seconds and finished the night with an even more impressive 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks, just one turnover and he reached the free throw line. a peak. Nine times.
The sample size is not large. House only played five games during his time with the Jazz. But his production in limited opportunities has been excellent and his numbers per 36 would lead anyone to believe House is good enough for a spot on the roster.
With steals, blocks, deflections, stray balls recovered and shots contested, House had a particularly high impact in his minutes. More so, he has shown through his goals, assists and play that he is not just a defensive or shooting cog, but can be useful at all levels.
None of this is to say that House will perform the rotation every night or that he is the answer to Jazz’s many problems that need to be solved. But he is a very useful player who can be trusted and who would make this jazz team deeper and as it stands there is no risk in keeping him on another 10 day contract, just a small financial cost.
But aside from what he’s been able to do on the pitch, there’s a hunger and appreciation for House that is important for a team. It’s clear that House has felt slighted at times during his NBA career, but he felt something new and different with the Jazz and it makes him want to fight even harder to earn a place on this listing.
“They welcomed me with open arms, accepted me, no one ever turned me down, they always ask me if I need anything, they always make me feel comfortable,” House said. “So mostly being a guy who’s been used to a certain way for years and then you come here and be welcomed – it really makes you appreciate the process and everything.”
House is right that the Jazz believe in him. Snyder wouldn’t ask House what he sees on the field, would try to correct him, give him continuous feedback throughout the game, during dead balls and time outs, if Snyder didn’t see something in House he loved. And House was already a Snyder fan after spending less than 24 hours with him.
“He’s passionate about it,” House said of Snyder. “We’re all passionate about it, obviously, so of course it’s going to bring chemistry. But not only that, he’s a great guy off the pitch. He’s a great guy. is before basketball.
So you have a hungry, brave winger who can defend and is ready to make quick plays and can score and play and is selfless and you can keep him until February 8 with no strings attached. The Jazz should do it and then really think about giving him one of the open spots on the roster.