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Jazz sign D-League star Dee Bost, but return to Idaho likely

A solid season in the D-League last year has landed guard Dee Bost a deal with the Utah Jazz, and a chance to make the NBA team in training camp.

The Jazz on Friday announced the signing of Bost, a 6-foot-2 guard who spent last season with the Idaho Stampede. Bost averaged better than 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals a game in Boise.

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He recorded five triple-doubles en route to a D-League All-Star selection.

Bost will wear No. 2, as he vies for playing time with the Jazz.

But the team's new hybrid affiliation with Boise means Bost, sources say, will likely spend next season back in Idaho.

There, he would work with former Rockets assistant coach Dean Cooper, who has been hired by the Jazz to coach the Stampede.

"Obviously coach [Quin] Snyder was very clear that I would be an extension of his staff. We would play the same style, use the same language. There are always some adjustments because the skills of the players are different, or the skill sets themselves are different," Cooper said this week. "A big part of what I need to do, especially when we get assigned a player from Utah, is work on whatever part of their game they need to work on and get them ready to go back to Salt Lake and contribute to the Jazz."

The Jazz see Idaho as a key component to their development.

And the 24-year-old Bost will likely be a key piece in Boise, and an investment for the future.

Bost went to college at Mississippi State, playing alongside Jazz rookie Rodney Hood for one season. The point guard was part of the Blazers' camp last season.

— Aaron Falk



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