Utah Jazz Reportedly Sign Summer League Star Ian Clark

July 24th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen

According to a report by USA Today, the Utah Jazz have signed SG Ian Clark to a 2 year deal, with a team option on the second year.

Clark was the undisputed star of summer league, impressing with an MVP performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he scored 33 points on 12-19 FG shooting (including 7-10 from the 3 point line), on his way to leading the Golden State Warriors to the Summer League Championship.

After the performance, there appeared to be a bidding war for his services, as it was reported that the Jazz, Blazers, Warriors, Heat, and European teams. The Jazz appear to have won that war with a 2 year contract.

Clark, 22, also starred in Salt Lake City this season during the NCAA tournament with Belmont University. After outshining Murray State star Isiaah Canaan in the OVC championship game to make it to the tournament, Clark put up 21 points in a losing effort to the Arizona Wildcats.

The tournament loss put an end to Clark’s excellent senior season with Belmont, in which he shot over 53% from the field, over 45% from 3, and over 83% from the free throw line to become one of college basketball’s most efficient scorers. Indeed, Clark led the NCAA last season in True Shooting Percentage.

Clark becomes the 13th guaranteed player on Utah’s roster, making it possible that the Jazz have their complete roster set for 2013-14.

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
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  1. Clint Johnson says:

    Good signing in isolation, but in context… Not sure. They now have Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Brandon Rush, and Ian Clark all on contract – and only two point guards, one a rookie starter.

    The only way this makes sense to me is: 1) the FO expects Alec Burks to contribute at backup point guard; 2) Gordon Hayward will play almost exclusively at SF, which suggests that is looking more like his position going forward; and 3) Rush may draw a number of his minutes at SF as well.

    Still, having a point guard rotation of Trey Burke, John Lucas, and Alec Burks? Not a whole lot of veteran floor presence to turn to if things start to come off the hinges. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on Trey Burke to run the team, as there really isn’t a single other viable option to handle the ball and initiate the offense consistently on the team.

  2. Rory says:

    I like the signing and do not see the downside you see. John Lucas is a very viable back up PG that does initiate the offense well and has a very low turnover rate. They are putting pressure on Burke to run the team and they should with the draft pick they spent on him. not to mention I am ok with the team struggling this upcoming year as the 12 draft will be deep!! They have a real oppurtunity to have 2 lottery picks next year. All it takes is Steph Curry’s “glass” ankle to get hurt.

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