It’s essentially a deal to bring Ford back to Utah as part of the Jazz training camp roster. The 6-foot-8 wing out of Northeastern previously played for the Jazz as part of the summer league squad in July. In eight summer league games (with five starts), Ford averaged just over five points and five rebounds per contest.
Reports of Ford and the Jazz working on a partially guaranteed deal first surfaced shortly after the 2016 NBA Draft.
Before catching on with the Jazz, the St. Petersburg, Florida native played in 130 games at Northeastern from 2011 to 2016. During his senior season, he averaged 16.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. Ford was a All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team selection.
The 23-year-old will wear No. 17 for the Jazz, however it’s unlikely that he’ll find himself on the 15-man roster when the Jazz open the 2016-17 NBA season against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 25.
With 14 players signed to guaranteed contracts and the 15th roster spot likely slated for another big man, i.e. Jeff Withey, Ford will likely find his way to the team’s D-League affiliate — the Salt Lake City Stars — along with second-round pick Marcus Paige, who signed a deal with the team last month.
Nevertheless, his size, ability to play and defend multiple positions, rebounding ability and shooting potential could make Ford a player to watch in the D-League this coming season.