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Jazz sign forward Georges Niang to guaranteed contract

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Utah Jazz’s Georges Niang passes the ball during the second half of the team’s NBA summer league basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Georges Niang was a player that stood out for the Jazz in Summer League, as he had done in the G-League the season before. In three games in the Utah Summer League, he showed himself to be a high IQ forward who was just in the right spot, plus he knew how to shoot the rock — he averaged 16.7 points a game and shot better than 50 percent in Utah. In Las Vegas, that “fell” to 15 points a game.

It impressed the Jazz enough that they are giving him a guaranteed contract for next season, the team announced Friday night. While the Jazz did not officially release the details, this was a minimum contract but Niang is going to be on the roster next season.

Niang was a second-round pick of the Pacers back in 2016 (out of Iowa State) who has bounced around the G-League and NBA training camps for years, honing his game. He averaged 22 points a game for the Salt Lake Stars last season.

He primarily will play the four, where he’s not going to get a lot of run behind Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder, but kind of fills the Jonas Jerebko role of a big man who can shoot the rock and provide floor spacing off the bench.

It’s a good minimum contract for rounding out the roster by Utah.