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Francisco Elson out for Jazz Monday with visa issues

Francisco Elson

Utah Jazz forward Francisco Elson attempts to keep the ball in play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Francisco Elson was born in the Netherlands, now is playing in the NBA on a Canadian visa. Hasn’t been a problem for seven NBA seasons. Recently it came time to renew his visa, and that means Elson will be out for the Jazz Monday night against the Warriors.

The reason is you have to spend 48 hours in Canada to renew the visa, which is a standard operating procedure that doesn’t mesh with the NBA schedule.

When the Jazz take on the Hornets Friday, Elson will be back in the lineup. Not that they will miss him that much, he’s averaging 11 minutes a game, giving then 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.