The Jazz’s roster is now full.
On Tuesday, the Jazz announced that they have signed second-round picks Justin Wright-Foreman and Jarrell Brantley to two-way contracts, ones that will see them split their time next season between the Jazz in the NBA and the Salt Lake City Stars.
With the signings to Miye Oni and William Howard on Monday, the Jazz’s roster now stands at the regular season maximum of 17 players: 15 on the main roster, plus the two two-way slots. That doesn’t mean the Jazz are done, as they can still have up to 20 players for their training camp roster. The Jazz figure to bring in other players to fight for a 15th slot on the roster, as well as training camp invitees that will eventually be waived and sent to the Stars full time.
Brantley was drafted 50th in this year’s draft, a pick the Jazz acquired by sending their own 2021 second round pick and $2 million to the Indiana Pacers. A power forward from the College of Charleston, Brantley showed the ability to shoot, playmake, and ballhandle some during his time with the Jazz’s summer league team before a hamstring injury limited his participation in Las Vegas.
Wright-Foreman, a scoring guard drafted at No. 53, finished second in college basketball last year scoring the ball at Hofstra. Time in summer league revealed, though, a need to adapt to the next level by learning point guard skills, as at 6-foot-2, he’ll be too small to play the shooting guard position in the NBA.
The two-way contract, a recent rule implemented for the 2017-18 season, allows teams to have up to two two-way players to spend time at both the NBA and the G-League levels. Two-way players spend most of their time with the G-League franchise, but spend up to 45 days with the parent club. When they’re with the G-League team, they make a prorated $79.5K, and while they’re in the NBA, they make the prorated rookie minimum of $898K.
The Jazz have the option of turning either contract into a standard NBA contract at any time, should they have the roster space to do so. If Wright-Foreman and Brantley finish their two-way contracts out, they would be eligible to receive qualifying offers and become restricted free agents, so the Jazz will continue to hold their rights.