Utah Jazz Waive Carrick Felix, Sign Joe Ingles and Jordan Hamilton

October 27th, 2014 | by Andy Larsen
Jordan Hamilton shoots against the Jazz as a member of the Houston Rockets last season.  (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jordan Hamilton shoots against the Jazz as a member of the Houston Rockets last season. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports today reported that the Jazz have cut wingman Carrick Felix in order to make room to sign forwards Jordan Hamilton and Joe Ingles. Let’s analyze these moves individually.

Waiving Carrick Felix

Felix was acquired on July 22nd, in a now fairly bizarre trade in which the Jazz traded the unguaranteed contracts of Malcolm Thomas, Erik Murphy, and John Lucas III to Cleveland for Felix, a 2nd round pick, and $1.3 million. That trade’s worked out pretty strangely for all involved: All three of Utah’s departing players were traded to the Boston Celtics, along with Dwight Powell and 2nd round picks in 2016 and 2017, for Keith Bogans’ unguaranteed contract. The Cavs then flipped Bogans to the 76ers for a trade exception, then the Sixers waved Bogans. Meanwhile,

  • Malcolm Thomas was waived by Boston and signed by the Sixers, it looks like he’ll actually get some significant minutes in Philadelphia. He’s now been on 11(!)1 different NBA and D-League teams’ rosters in just over 2 and a half years.
  • John Lucas III was waived by Boston, then signed a deal with the Wizards. The Wizards waived him 4 days later.
  • Erik Murphy was waived by Boston, that actually only became official 2 hours ago. Hope his agent is calling the 76ers as we speak.

In retrospect, the $1.3 million may have been intended for the purpose of offsetting Felix’s contract so that the Jazz could make a move like this. Felix’s contract is guaranteed for this season, and so the Jazz will be paying the entirety of Felix’s $816,482 contract this season. That amount will remain on the Jazz’s cap for this season.

In my article on the trade in July, I noted that the Jazz seemed to like Felix. Jazz play-by-play man David Locke wrote:

Felix is going to [be] a part of the Utah Jazz…. The Jazz scouts have had an eye on Felix and like his defensive mindset, his ability to rebound and believe he can shoot the three.  He is not an offensive playmaker with the ball in his hands.  This is an opportunity for the Jazz to add a player they like and believe has a chance to develop into a rotational piece.

It seems they’ve decided, after weeks of seeing Felix up close in training camp2, that he’s less likely to become a productive NBA player than either Ingles or Hamilton. This isn’t an especially encouraging sign for Felix’s career.

Signing Joe Ingles

“Jingles”, as he’s apparently occasionally known, is a 26-year-old left-handed forward from Australia. This ClipperBlog profile might be the best look at him: essentially, he’s a fun, offensively-gifted forward who has a wide variety of scoring moves. Allegedly, he rejected a 2-year guaranteed contract from the Grizzlies, which doesn’t seem like it has turned out well given his undoubtedly unguaranteed deal from Utah.

Ingles really impressed at the World Cup, and there are definite benefits to having Dante Exum’s idol and mentor on the team, but there are real question marks on if he can make it in an NBA rotation:


But, at the very least, he keeps Dante happy, and is apparently lots of fun in the locker room. If he can regain the form from the World Cup, Ingles could be fun to watch.

Signing Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton actually started 12 games in the NBA last season, 11 for the Denver Nuggets and 1 for the Houston Rockets; he even played over 1000 minutes. This will be Hamilton’s 4th season, and while he hasn’t set the world on fire, he looks like a real 3 & D prospect. He shot 36% from 3-point land last season, and while that’s good on it’s own, he actually made 48% from the corners. Given the Jazz’s offense next season figures to involve many corner 3s, Hamilton seems as if he could be a good fit. They would probably prefer he stop taking the mid-range shots, though.

At the defensive end, Hamilton has put up both good and bad metrics. On the good end, he allowed just a 14.5 opponent PER in Denver and a 12.8 opponent PER in Houston: both good numbers. On the other hand, both teams were significantly worse with him on the floor, though ESPN’s RPM suggests that could be due to the lineups we has on the floor with, as he’s nearly neutral in that statistic.

He put up a promising preseason with the Toronto Raptors, but in the end they chose to keep Greg Stiesma instead. Hamilton’s just 24, so he could have more development left in his NBA career.

 

In the end, though, the above moves make a lot of basketball sense for the Jazz, though not necessarily financial sense, given that they’re eating Felix’s guaranteed contract. That’s okay for the Jazz, though, as the team stays below the cap and takes advantage of its place as the 7th most profitable team in the NBA.

 

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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One Comment

  1. Jazz are weak at point guard. Acquiring forwards instead of PT. GUARDS! Is that J. Sloan’s mediocre 3 pt. d ?!? Shall Jazz ever acquire shooters again? Maybe Steve Novak? Maybe Trevor Booker? Maybe Rodney Hood? Is Jazz bench offence afraid to cut through the paint? However; Delighted with Q’s: 1. transition D, 2. ball/pass/movement, 3. Enthusiasm. GO JAZZ.

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