The Utah Jazz announced on Thursday that the franchise has waived veteran center Henry Sims.
Sims inked a non-guaranteed training camp deal with Utah back on September 21. He saw limited game action during his brief stint with the club, making just three preseason appearances. He averaged two points and 1.3 rebounds in just over six minutes per game.
Sims was always a longshot to make the final roster, especially considering the depth they already have in the front court. Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles figure to be locks to handle most of the regular rotation minutes up front for the Jazz. Jeff Withey has shown to be somewhat capable in limited minutes while Utah also drafted power forward Joel Bolomboy in the second-round before signing him to a three-year deal.
Utah’s roster now sits at 16 following Sims’ departure. Forward Chris Johnson and Withey are the only players whose contracts are not fully guaranteed for the upcoming season, meaning one of them will likely be on the chopping block before long.
Expectations are high for the Jazz this season despite the team winning just 40 games a season ago. They managed to keep just about all of their strong, young core in place over the summer while adding solid veteran depth around it. Point guard George Hill figures to be a major upgrade over Shelvin Mack and Trey Burke while Dante Exum has returned from a torn ACL that sidelined him for all of last season. They also swiped Diaw from the San Antonio Spurs and journeyman swingman Joe Johnson figures to provide a scoring boost off the bench.
Utah begins the regular season on October 25 against the Portland Trail Blazers.